Transport yourself back to the mid-1800 when Jacksonport was a thriving, booming steamboat town.

The evening is young and the courthouse chandeliers flicker with a pale yellow light. You can hear the sweet melodies coming from violins through the open windows of the courthouse.  Inside, the courtroom is alive with music and dancing couples.  The women’s ball gowns shimmer from the candlelight as they twirl and glide across the courtroom floor.  The men dressed in crisp, black eveningwear and starch, white shirts with gloves.  The evening promises to be grand and sweet for any soul that night.  You can experience the same excitement and joy by attending The Holiday Gala Ball at the Jacksonport State Park’s Courthouse on Saturday, November 17, 2012.
Arkansas Steel Associates of Newport and Jacksonport State Park is sponsoring a Holiday Gala Ball at the Jacksonport Courthouse on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  The 52nd Regimental String Band from Memphis, Tennessee will perform live the sweet melodies of the 19th century. The evening begins with ballroom dancing instruction under the twinkling lights of the courtroom chandeliers.  Refreshments are served throughout the evening.  Admissions for the grand evening are adults $8, ages 12 through 7 $4, and ages 6 and under free.  Everyone is encouraged to come whether dressed casual or period costume.  This special event is accessible for visitors with disabilities.  For more information contact: Jacksonport State Park, Donna Bentley, Park Interpreter, 205 Avenue Street, Newport, AR, 72112, Telephone: (870) 523-2143 or E-mail: