Rock Town Distillery#8 in Best Things To Do in Little Rock
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Little Rock's history is even evident in its local drinks. Rock Town Distillery is the first legal distillery in Arkansas since Prohibition. It was founded in 2010 and ships its liquor nationwide as well as to the U.K. and Canada. The distillery crafts a variety of liquors, including vodka, bourbon, whiskey, rum and gin from ingredients grown by local farmers. It also creates its own moonshine. Visitors can taste the liquors at the on-site bar and sample locally made wine and beer.
Rock Town Distillery also offers behind-the-scenes tours of its facility where visitors can learn how grains become their favorite libations. It also offers cocktail-making classes.
Previous reviewers said the drinks are tasty and encourage others to stop by. They also highly recommended taking a tour, as the guides are informative and friendly.
The distillery is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The hourlong guided tour runs at 2, 4 and 7 p.m. every day the distillery is open, while the cocktail class and the special whiskey tour run only on specific days. Reservations for tours and classes are required and tickets cost $15 to $30 per person. Ticket costs include tastings. Samples and drinks at the bar will have their own fees. Rock Town Distillery is located a half-mile west of MacArthur Park. Visit its website for more information.
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#1 Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
In 1957, nine Black students enrolled at Little Rock Central High School. The school had been all-white since its construction in 1927. Minnijean Brown, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Thelma Mothershed, Melba Pattillo, Gloria Ray, Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas and Carlotta Wells were the first Black students at the school following the 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, which ruled that school segregation was unconstitutional. The day the students went to school, they were met with a racist mob of white students as well as about 270 soldiers who barred the entrance to the high school. It took almost two weeks before the Little Rock Nine were able to access the building. Though they were able to enter the school, they faced physical and verbal abuse throughout their high school careers. The Little Rock Nine's historic and brave acts helped to spur the civil rights movement and brought national attention to the U.S.'s racist practices.
Today, Little Rock Central High School is a National Historic Site and is still a working high school. The associated visitor center sits kitty-corner to the school and features exhibits about the desegregation crisis as well as a book store. There is also a Commemorative Garden. Tours of the exterior and interior of Little Rock Central High School are also available, but must be reserved in advance through the National Park Service.
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