The beautiful landscape of Bella Vista, Arkansas provides a perfect backdrop for exploring the many attractions and things to do, from outdoor recreation to architectural beauty, history and heritage.
History and Heritage
Explore the rich history and heritage of Bella Vista at the unique Bella Vista Historical Museum. You’ll learn how the city started, from the early native American history to when John Cooper, Sr., purchased the summer resort and began buying up the farms all the way to the Missouri state line, eventually converting 40,000 acres into what he called then Bella Vista Village, to how the city reached its incorporation in 2007.
After exploring the history of the town, take a moment to reflect and honor our veterans at the Veterans Wall of Honor. Created by the Veterans Council of Northwest Arkansas, the monument was created to provide a place where visitors can pay respect and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to create and preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.
Architectural Beauty in Bella Vista
Nestled in the hills overlooking Lake Norwood, the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel offers a location for weddings, concerts or memorial services. Designed by the acclaimed E. Fay Jones and influenced by the cathedrals of the middle ages, the chapel reflects the gothic design of generations past. The transparent design opens the chapel to the beauty of the area, with light and shadows continually changing the atmosphere of the chapel. The chapel is open to visitors seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Experience the peace and tranquility of the chapel today or call to make a reservation for your special event.
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