New owners of Arkansas House welcomed by Chamber of Commerce

The Newton County Chamber of Commerce cut a blue ribbon welcoming the Arkansas House Inn and Cabins in Jasper and its new owners to the business community Thursday morning, Oct 3. Present for the ceremony were from left, front row, Zethra Watkins; Eddie Watkins, owner; Carla Watkins, owner; Kerry Taylor, manager; back row, Vixen James, Newton County Chamber of Commerce president; Joe Paul James, Anstaff Bank; Kristina Keck, salon owner; Mark Dismore, Newton County Chamber of Commerce board member; Janet Clark, City of Jasper clerk; Katherine Hefley, Newton County Chamber of Commerce vice president; Jan Larson, mayor of the city of Jasper; Sheryl Breedlove, Anstaff Bank; Frances Zemlik, Newton County Chamber of Commerce secretary and Blue Mountain Bakery & Cafe; Victoria Davidson, Newton County Chamber of Commerce member, Legacy Hospice.

The Newton County Chamber of Commerce cut a blue ribbon welcoming the Arkansas House Inn and Cabins in Jasper and its new owners, Carla and Eddie Watkins, to the business community Thursday morning, Oct 3.

The downtown Jasper landmark on Court Street (state Highway 7) has been owned and operated by the Watkinses, of Compton, since July 10.

The 85-year-old building in the town's historic district, as well as the adjoining water wheel and wall, were built by master mason Gould Jones, whose work can be identified in several other neighboring structures.

The Arkansas House complex consists of the hotel itself having two luxury suites and three charming private rooms, and two private cabins. One of the cabins was formerly a restaurant. After its conversion, the cabin is large enough to sleep seven people comfortably, Carla Watkins said. There is also the River House Cabin that sits by itself on the property, above the Little Buffalo River, providing even more privacy.

There is a beauty salon on the premises operated by Kristina Keck. Also, the retail sales office of Eddie Watkins' Buffalo River Honey Co. is here. He began the company in 1995.

The old boardwalk in front of the buildings still exists and the garden behind them has been maintained and still reflects an oriental theme with water features, walkways, bridges and it's own residents.

On staff to welcome and assist guests are Kerry Taylor, manager and Rhonda Woods, housekeeping manager.

The Arkansas House and Cabins is within walking distance of the Jasper square, its cafes and businesses, as well as the Newton County Courthouse.

It is also a convenient place to set up headquarters for excursions into the nearby Ozark National Forest or on the Buffalo National River.

You can get more information by going on line , arhouseinn@gmail.com or by calling 870-446-5900.

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