Introduction to Helena, Arkansas
Helena, Arkansas, in Phillips county, is 52 miles SW of Memphis, Tennessee. As of the year 2000 census, 6,323 people lived in Helena.
Helena was officially incorporated in 1833. In fact, it is the second oldest city in the state. The city was named after the daughter of one of its settlers, Sylvanus Phillips. The Union Army occupied the area in 1863 during the American Civil War. It is also the site of the Battle of Helena. until January 1, 2006, the city served as the county seat of Phillips County, which was established on May 1, 1820.
Helena and nearby Attractions
- Phillips County Museum
- Great River Road
- Delta Blues Museum
- Tunica RiverPark
- Chucalissa Prehistoric Indian Village
- Louisiana Purchase State Park
Things To Do In Helena
While in Helena, you can visit the Perry Street Historic District, Cherry Street Historic District, and Beech Street Historic District. One can also visit the Phillips County Museum and Helena Public Library to explore the area's history. The Delta Cultural Center is also worth visiting. The city of Helena hosts several annual events such as the Warfield Music Festival and King Biscuit Blues Festival.
The nearest international airport is Memphis International Airport.
Helena Higher Education
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas is located in the city. Northwest Mississippi Community College, Delta State University, University of Memphis, and many other colleges and universities also offer higher educational facilities.