Bentonville residents continue to oppose the demolition of two long standing homes in the city.
A group gathered outside the houses on West Central Avenue Tuesday to raise awareness that they might soon be gone. Folks stood with signs saying “Save our history” as a backhoe and dumpsters have been parked outside.
Jeff Parker, whose family has lived in Benton County for decades, says old homes like these give Bentonville charm and personality.
This street, this is part of what people like about Bentonville,” Parker said
“These older homes that have been taken care of , that are still here 100 plus years later.”
One of the houses is the childhood home of famous female aviation pilot Louise Thadden and the other has served as a church for many years.
According to the Benton County Planning Commission, the properties were bought by a private party, who will likely build new residential properties.