Exploring Hot Springs – A Stroll Down Orange Street

Four months in and I can truly say that I am enjoying the change of pace moving to Hot Springs has afforded me and my family. It does seem a little amazing that I have already been back in Arkansas for four months. Being back “home” but still in a newish environment is a tiny bit thrilling and opens up all kinds of new adventures to pursue.

I opted in on a new adventure on Saturday and decided to explore a street in my neighborhood on the way to Farmers Market on foot. I have said it before that you miss things when driving or riding in a car that you do notice when out in a leisurely stroll. So, I invite you to retrace my steps and savior my stroll down Orange Street in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

After a quick stop to get some cash for the market, I crossed paths with an unexpected historic building.

Orange Street Presbyterian Church was constructed in 1913 and was added to the National Historic Register in 2002. Today it is the First Church of Christ Scientists. I love beautiful brick buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s and was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this piece of history. If you’d like to read more about it, check out the link to the historic register paperwork below:

http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/National-Register-Listings/PDF/GA0198.nr.pdf

Next up was the site of the old Hot Springs High School. (Did I mention I LOVE brick buildings?)

Based on the signage, it appears that the old school is being converted into condominiums. I wonder if anyone who graduated from HSHS who walked these halls would get a kick out of owning a condo inside of their alma mater?

I noticed another feature on a sidewalk sign that will likely lead to future adventures about town. There is a self guided cell phone audio tour that I very much would like to explore in the near future celebrating the Historic Hot Springs Baseball Trail. Go to http://www.hsbbt.com to learn more.

Approaching the market I couldn’t help but think how cool it would have been to fill this space with food trucks. (Hint Hint)

Though the walk was short it was extremely satisfying to approach the entrance of the market from a new perspective.

For example, I had not noticed these two art features on my previous visit.

And finally, I arrived at the Market.

It was great to have a few of the vendors recognize me though I am not quite a regular yet. I was also thrilled to find FRUIT in the form of pears this week. After filling my bag and opting out of buying a watermelon that I knew I couldn’t haul back in my satchel, I headed home as the temperature reminded me that it was still very much summer outside.

Next up, the Hot Springs Blues Festival!

Marta C. Youngblood is a writer, education and social entrepreneur based in Hot Springs, Arkansas. For more information on her current projects visit https://about.me/MCyoungblood.

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