Phone: 479 . 787 . 8998 PO Box 112 Gravette, Arkansas 72736
Nebo (Old Town) in Chalk Valley was the original settlement of the community. It was platted in the 1870s by Joseph P. Covey who moved to Missouri in 1881. Ellis Tillman Gravett opened the Chalk Valley Distillery in Nebo and also owned a general store. In 1891, he moved his store west out of the valley to what is now downtown Gravette.
On July 17, 1893, Ellis Tillman (E. T.) and Laura Gravett signed a right-
The city bought the historic Kindley house and, with the help of a substantial grant from the Arkansas Department of Historic Preservation, completely renovated the building. It now houses the Gravette Historical Museum, which contains exhibits of Captain Kindley’s life and military service, natural history displays, a photo gallery of graduating classes from Gravette High School extending back to the 1920s, and many items depicting Gravette’s past.
Area attractions include the Spanish Treasure Cave just north of the city limits. This cave was rediscovered in 1885. According to legend, Spanish soldiers raided an Indian camp and stole a fortune in gold. The gold was hidden in one of the passageways in the cave. Seeking revenge, the Indians found the Spaniards at the cave and killed them but did not recover the gold. Treasure hunters searched fruitlessly for the gold for years. The cave became a tourist attraction open to the public in the late 1930s. The passages extend for miles, and there are many yet to be explored.
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