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Local Attractions

 

 


Peter Conser Home Peter Conser Home

The Peter Conser Home is the 1884 home of a Choctaw leader of the Light Horsemen law enforcment agency. It contains furnishings and artifacts from 1894-1910. It was donated by Mr. Conser's granddaughter, Mrs. Lewis Barnes, in 1967 and has been renovated by the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Open: The home is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. through 5:00 P.M. Sunday 1:00 P.M. through 5:00 P.M. For more information, call (918) 653-2493.

Admission: Free

Directions: The home can be found 4 miles south of Heavener, OK on Highway 59/270 and 3 1/2 miles east on Reichert-Summerfield Road.




Heavener Lamplight Theater
Heavener Lamplight Theater

The Heavener Lamplight Theater features local musicians on Friday nights from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. at no charge to the public. The Theater is housed in the renovated 1882 building. This theater was first used for traveling minstrel shows and old vaudeville acts. There is a balcony and orchestra pit waiting to be restored for use. The building is over 100 years old and housed the city hall as well as the performance center for many years.

There is an open invitation for performers to join the fun every Friday Night.

1st Saturday of each month "Stars & Strips Band" performs. Admission $5.00 with proceeds going to restore theater

Admission: Friday Free

Directions: Downtown Heavener, Corner of First and Third streets

Bookings for all events: John & Elizabeth Montgomery 918/653-2503




Runestone State Park
Runestone State Park

The park sits atop Poteau Mountain just east of Heavener, Oklahoma offering beautiful hiking trails that lead to a Runestone left behind by Viking explorers in 1012. Ponder the mystery of the Heavener Runestone in the lush, beautiful valley that is the heart of Heavener Runestone State Park. The park is a perfect setting for a picnic or a hike, or to let your imagination roam. There are several sheltered pavilions for picnics, a playground area for children, and spectacular views of the surrounding area. The center of attention at the park, the Heavener Runestone, has been studied since its discovery in 1874. Heavener Resident Gloria Stewart Farley, author of In Plain Sight, first saw the stone in 1928, and has devoted many years to research related to the stone. It was she who changed the name from "Indian Rock" to "The Heavener Runestone."

Open: day-use only

Admission: Free

Directions: Runestone State Park, located 2.5 miles east of Heavener




National Talimena Scenic By-way
National Talimena Scenic By-way

The Scenic By-way stretchs from Talihina, OK to Mena, AR . Cresting Rich Mountain and Winding Stair Mountain, it offers breathtaking vistas, each one more spectacular than the last.

Information stations at each end of the drive provide vintage Southern hospitality. Historical sites along the route divulge a past when early settlers of the young state of Arkansas and the Choctaws tribe in Indian Territory struggled to wrest a living from the harsh land.

Admission: Free

Directions: Start from Highway 271 which intersect the the scenic drive just north of Talihina. If you want to do just half the the drive you can start at the intersect of 259 and the scenic By-way and go east or west.




Kerr Arboretum and Nature Center
Kerr Arboretum and Nature Center

Kerr Arboretum and Nature Center is located on the National Talimena Scenic By-way. It is a forest service nature center offering fully marked nature trails.

The Robert S. Kerr Memorial Arboretum, Nature Center and Botanical Area consists of 8,026 acres which contain special plant communities that are significant in their occurrence, variety, and location such as the windswept dwarf white oaks, yellow buckeye. Ouachita indigo, and grass seeps.

Admission: Free

OPEN: The center is open from mid-April to mid-November.

Directions: It is located at the midway point on the National Talimena Scenic By-way, just east of the intersection of Highway 259.




Spiro Mounds
Spiro Mounds

Spiro Mounds, Oklahoma’s only archaeological park, is a 140-acre site encompassing 12 southern mounds which contain evidence of an Indian culture that occupied the site from 850 A.D. to 1450 A.D. The Spiro Mounds exhibit several features that mark them as having extreme significance to archaeologists, yet the Spiro Mounds have a value simply in terms of their historical role in the development of the people in the Ouachita Mountains and among the peoples of the Great Plains. The Spiro Mounds have a high historical significance as they were constructed by many different groups of native peoples at the close of the prehistoric period, which makes the Spiro Mounds ideal for examining the cultural and social development of these many peoples immediately prior to the introduction of the Europeans in the New World.

The Mounds are considered one of the four most important prehistoric Indian sites east of the Rocky Mountains.

Email: spiromds@ipa.net - Phone 918-962-2062

Admission: Free

Open: Wednesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday Noon to 5 p.m., free.

Directions: 2 1/2 miles east and 3 1/2 miles north of Spiro on W.D. Mayo Lock & Dam Road off State Hwy. 9.
18154 1st Street
Spiro, OK 74959




Choctaw Nation Capital Museum
Choctaw Nation Capital Museum

The Capitol Building houses the Choctaw Nation's National Museum and Judicial Department Court System. The museum has a wide assortment of historic and cultural exhibits which include information and displays on the Choctaw Light Horsemen and the original Choctaw Code Talkers from World War I and World War II. In November 1989, France presented their highest honor, "Knight of the National Order of Merit of France", to the Choctaw Code Talkers for their efforts in World War I.,

The Light Horsemen were the law enforcement arm of the historic Choctaw Nation. Artifacts and history of these colorful Choctaw lawmen is also displayed at the museum. Legends tell that on occasion, the spirit of the Light Horsemen may be seen riding across the Council Grounds and in their guard quarters in the Choctaw Capitol Building.

Open:

Directions: Tuskahoma, OK north of Highway 271.