The most endearing aspects of American life can be understood in the illustrations of Norman Rockwell. The innocent joys and pride of American life are still alive in North Arkansas. Step back to a time when life was simpler on the Bentonville Town Square. Dance with the locals as musicians from the entire region go Pickin’ on the Square. Visit Walton’s 5&10 in the Wal-Mart Visitor’s Center. Retro toys, candies, souvenirs like whirly pops, wax lips, sock monkeys, and other retro toys, candies, and souvenirs pack this dime store. Listen for the sounds of yesteryear while examining the original floor tiles Sam Walton installed or the tin ceiling covered over in the store’s 1951 remodel. Live like a local and shop for fresh goodies at the farmer’s market and see local culture in action at one of Bentonville square’s block parties, held every month during First Fridays.
From Bentonville Square, discover native plant life in the woodland setting of Compton Gardens. Compton Gardens is a 6.5 acre garden with woodland trails connecting to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Trails. The gardens were created by Dr. Neil Compton, a noted Bentonville physician, writer, photographer, founder of the Ozark Society. Dr. Compton was also instrumental in saving the Buffalo River.