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Only in Arkansas: The Empress of Little Rock

It was one of the biggest and most expensive houses in Arkansas for several years and it has the feel of the Natural State all over.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Once inside the Empress of Little Rock, you find it's like visiting a family from the 1880s.

"You get to see a part of history," said Innkeeper Jessica Ledbetter. "It actually comes alive to you."

Dressed for the part for the historical home turned B & B, Ledbetter gives you an inside look at the home built in 1888 at the exorbitant cost of $20,000.

That's a lot for that time period.

"You can't find houses built today the way they were built a hundred years ago," said owner, Sharon Welch-Blair.

Welch-Blair and her husband now own the building. The couple renovated the Hornibrook Mansion when they bought it in 1994. They preserved what gave it the title at one time, "the most extravagant dwelling in the state."

It was one of the biggest and most expensive houses in Arkansas for several years and it has the feel of the Natural State all over.

"You're sitting on a foundation of Little Rock blue granite," Ledbetter explained. "All the bricks were construction bricks baked right here on site. Even the wood was milled here in Arkansas."

Which is why the Empress of Little Rock deserves the title of "Only in Arkansas."

The Empress of Little Rock holds tours, is a bed and breakfast, will host events and may even be haunted.
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