Kingston, Arkansas?

There are some hidden treasures in the Ozarks. The tiny little town of Kingston, Arkansas is one of them.

The town itself is tiny, consisting only of a simple square with a gazebo in the middle for the “downtown” portion and across the bridge heading north there is the school and a gas station. That comprises the “uptown”.

Last I knew, the population was around 500. But most of the people live in the hills surrounding Kingston. And in those hills are a lot of crafty and artistic folks! You’ll see evidence of that if you stop in at some of the businesses in town the next time you’re passing through on your way to Ponca or Boxley.

What kind of business, you ask? Well, we have antique stores, a cafe, a gas station, a feed store, an old bank still using the old setup (take a look inside it), and an art gallery.

I’ve noticed that only the antique stores are said in plural. That’s a dead ‘small town’ giveaway to let you know just how small a town it really is.

Kingston Square Arts shop in Kingston, Arkansas.
Kingston Square Arts shop in Kingston, Arkansas.

Kingston Square Arts Shop (KSA)

Here’s a sampling of the kinds of things that are at the store:

 

Where the Heck is Kingston, Arkansas?

You’ll easily find it heading north on Highway 21 from Clarksville, AR (off of I-40) or by heading south on 21 (off of Hwy 412).

If you’re heading to Boxley or Ponca, you’ll already be in the vicinity.

KSA

Hours are 10-6, Thursday through Sunday.

Other than in the physical shop, you can find KSA on Facebook and at the website (still working on that). I’m the web and social mistress of the shop, so I’ll often post pictures of the items Greg (the house potter) or Barb (the house fiber artist) is working on or interesting things in there that’s for sale, or new things that the artists and artisans bring in to sell.

If you spot anything you want, it’s okay if you’re not close enough to drop in. They ship! Just post on the image in the FB timeline to ask if it’s available and they’ll take it from there.

If you’d rather call, the phone number is (479) 665-2559. The address is 100 Public Square, Kingston, AR 72742.

If you’re worried you won’t be able to find it, don’t be. If you can find the town of Kingston, you’ll find the square. And if you can find the square, you’ll definitely find the shop. It’s the big white store on the corner across from the post office.

Want to see some other places? Aside from KSA there are other things worth a stop in our tiny town.

Grandpa’s Antique Store

Maybe the only shop open on Sunday’s, Grandpa’s Antique store is on the square, too. If you have a pot missing a lid, whether cast iron or not, I bet you can find one to fit in Grandpa’s. There’s a lot of antiques and collectibles housed in this historic building, too.

The Bank

The bank is also a historic building. Pretty much all of the buildings on the square are. Inside the bank you can see the old tin ceiling tiles and the old bank vault. Both are in the lobby.

Others

There’s also a cafe (Waldron Valley Cafe), Bargain Buddy (antiques) the library (very small by most standards, but much larger than it used to be!), another antique store, and a new feed store. There’s a gas station just off the square to the north that also serves food.

I’ve probably left something out, so if you’re reading this and want to mention another spot to stop in our town of Kingston, Arkansas, or talk about the history of Kingston, just leave a comment and let everyone know!


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About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods
I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. You can find my art on display and for sale at the Kingston Square Arts shop in Kingston, Arkansas. It's a tiny little town and a bit off the path to anywhere at all, but a wonderful ride out to a most beautiful part of our state. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making arts & crafty things, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.

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  1. Hello Tommy, I think I had you and Tom Little mixed up when I answered you. He is the son of Johnny Little who I thought was descended from Grey Eagle. Apparently all three of us are descended from Thomas and Luvinia. It’s interesting to hear from you both.

    1. That alright I’m always glad to hear from family. I think one day I’m going to try to get to Kingston to visit with as many as I can . I live around Tulsa Oklahoma.

  2. Ok Etheldred Little and Elizabeth Betsy Moye Little had four kids that I know .
    Thomas Napoleon Little
    Nancy Jane Little
    Lydia Little and
    Grey Eagle Little
    I know that Grey Eagle Little and his side lived around Prauge okla. He is buried there .

  3. Hello Tommy. It’s nice to hear from you! I do have one question. My mother and Johnny Little has talked several times about the family and it was her understanding that he was descended from Grey Little who was a brother to Thomas Napoleon Little. Is that incorrect? My mom still lives at Kingston on 21 towards Boxley. I went to school and graduated from Kingston in 1986. I moved to Berryville in 1989. That is amazing to hear that Flossie is still living!! Let me know about your family and I would love to visit you sometime and look at pictures if you have any. We have no pictures of any of the older ones.

  4. Yes mam , My 3rd grea grandparents was Thomas Napoleon Little and his wife was Luvina Angeline Little ( Eberhardt ) , My 2nd great grandpa was James Leo Little and his wife was Nancy Little ( Spencer ) . My great grandparents were William Jackson Little and his wife was Arizona Little ( Lane ) . I know that Thomas and Luvina are buried in the Kingston cemitary. My grandparents and their parents are buried in the Little cemetery just north of Seminole Oklahoma. William Jackson Little moved his family there around 1906. I don’t know about now but in the 70s my grandma told me I was kin to half the town at that time .

    1. My 3rd great grandparents were also Thomas and Lavina Little. I am a 6th generation of the Littles. It’s amazing to find someone else descended from them. Their daughter Margaret was my 2nd great grandma. My mom still lives at Kingston.

      1. Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment, Roxanna! It’s pretty cool that you’ve found a relative here 🙂 If Tommy doesn’t reply soon, I may forward this to him because I bet he’d like to read it, but he might not be following comments.

  5. My great grandparents were early settlers of Kingston. Lanes , Littles . Use to have a Little and Norris reunion back in the 70s and 80s there unroll they moved it to Idaho in the late 80s . I was told that they founded the town and built the first school so they could teach there kids . Use to be a picture in the store on the square that had pics of my grandparents in it . My grandpa is Leo Jay Little and my grandma is Vina Columbus Little ( Hill) . They both have passed away but I still remember going to the reuion on one of my cousins land right outside of town.

    1. Hi Tommy, thanks for leaving a comment! I know the Littles own Grandpa’s Antique store on the square, are you of those Littles? Charlene Grigg is the one who comes in while I’m working at the gallery and helps me learn the history and people of old Kingston. I’ve lived her 13 years and still haven’t made a dent in learning everyone’s names. Have a great day 🙂

    2. Hello Cousin, I just saw your post and thought I’d give you a shout. My name is Thomas D. Little named after my 3rd grandpa, Thomas Napolean Little also…..My parents were John D. and Lois (White) Little, proud owners of Grandpa’s Flea Market on the Square in Kingston. I also used to attend the reunions in Kingston when i could as I am 20 year retired US Army and during that time I wasn’t always able to attend. I remember Leo and Vina. My grandparents were Clyde and Wilma (Parker) Little. Doyal Little and his wife Flossie (Clark) Little owned the farm the reunion used to be held at, Flossie is still alive at 106 but her mind has slipped. Their Grandson Brent Mitchell and his family own and live on that farm now. I am the only Little (sir name) left living in Kingston now so anytime you are thinking about heading this way contact me and we will try to visit?

      1. Thomas it was nice to hear from you . Going to the reunion my grandpa and grandma will always be a great memories. I know they would get excited when it rolled around. Here is my email feel free to write
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