The Arab Historic Village is ideal for school groups to visit. We encourage teachers to arrange a tour of the Village where students will learn first-hand what life was like in the 1880-1940 era, including going to school. The current cost is only $5 per student which includes a snack. Park facilities are available for a sack lunch.
In cooperation with the City of Arab, the Arab Historical Society continues to develop the Arab Historic Village in Arab City Park as a tribute to the pioneer-spirited people who settled and built this area into the prosperous, community-minded place it is today.
Development of the Historic Village was started in 1991 as a Centennial project of the Historical Society At the present time, ten buildings have been completed. They have been furnished with items through the 1940’s and portray a North Central Alabama rural community of that time.
The City and the Society invite you to visit the Village. The buildings are open March-October on Thursdays & Fridays of each week from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The Village opens the fourth Friday evening in November in conjunction with the lighting ceremony of “Christmas In The Park,” featuring “Santa In The Park.” Times for “Santa In The Park” begin at 6:00 pm and close at 9:00 pm for four consecutive weekends on Friday and Saturday. If you are visiting Arab at other times and would like to visit the Village, you may call 256-586-6397 or 256-550-0290.
During special events such as “Back When Day” held the last Saturday in April, visitors interact with volunteers quilting, grinding cornmeal, blacksmithing, teaching school the way it used to be, playing checkers in the country store, and telling stories about “things back when.“ Crafts are provided for the children and local groups perform Blue Grass and Southern Gospel. Food is available like pintos and turnip greens.
“Arab Community Fair” comes the second Saturday in September. Crafters come in from all over, demonstrating their skills and displaying their wares. There is food, fun and excellent entertainment. Vendors are welcome. They may call (256) 586-6397 or (256) 550-0290 for an application.
On Friday after Thanksgiving, the magic of “Santa In The Park” comes to this historic setting. For four consecutive weekends, families enjoy a full evening of excitement visiting with Santa, making pictures, doing crafts and enjoying the beautifully lit Village Park. The children get “reindeer food” in the Grist Mill and may purchase “reindeer shoes” in the Blacksmith Shop. Shirley Gullion makes sure there is plenty of Christmas music in the Rice church, along with special groups that entertain nightly. Elvin Light’s Museum is running over, doing what it does best-telling Arab's story!
The Rice Church may be reserved for singings and weddings for a nominal fee of $100.