Charles and Blanch known to their friends a Uncle Charlie and Aunt Banny, were know to me only as Mommee and Poppydad. On the death of my grandmother, we moved into the Big House, having lived in a small house separated by a gin lot that held rows and rows of baled cotton in the fall.  The Plantation bell ringing each noon, and the hee-haw of the donkey outside our windows, were pleasant sound I remember.  I remember well, the mule drawn plows and the blacksmith hammering away on a blazing coal fire, sharpening the plows, making the horse shoes and general iron work. I am sure I was a nuisance to Clara, Mommee's cook, as she churned the butter and cooked delicious mouthwatering food in the old-fashioned kitchen.

In 1963 Charles Alexander sold the plantation and house to Mr. Albert Harper. and his wife Gracie Mae, Their grandson, Frederick, said that his Grandfather really loved the land. Olen Harper farmed until his death and then his son, Frederick became the owner and did extensive work on the house. October, a year ago, Frederick passed away and the plantation passed to his son, Wesley and daughter, LuEllyn and grandchildren and it will continue to be a working plantation.

In July of 2008, D’Arylan Ball and His Kaleidoscope Ministry came on the scene and spiritually partnered with Frederick and his wife Mary Carolyn to use the house to further the kingdom of God and for God’s glory. Frederick and Mary Carolyn have encouraged and supported the ministry in every way possible. It couldn’t have happened with out them. His Kaleidoscope Ministry will continue to up hold what was in Frederick’s heart as we press on.

This multi-faceted ministry is about God’s love for women. This house is a place of beauty to be enjoyed and also a place to meet and network with other women; it is definitely a place of divine connections.

Points of Interest:

Largest crepe myrtle in the state of Arkansas in the front yard, in addition the yard is filled with wonderful trees: A huge Willow Oak, and Magnolia, a Dog wood and  a Red bud and Pecans,  huge Holly’s and. and shrubs, wonderful Mock Orange, Japanese Persimmon, a Pomegranate, 6 large Figs, a number of Rose of Sharon trees all different  and our recent donations of Azaleas and August Beauty Gardenias. We also have a rose bush, called by Lonokians as the "Walls" Rose. It came over from Ireland with the Walls family. The Veranda Garden Club has planted a Spirea, and over a hundred Daffodils of different variety, which will make a delightful addition to those we have now. Our collection is made unique by a uncommon Green Daffodil that can still be found in the wilds of the country.

Frederick Harper, renovated the house after his father died and a long series of renters had occupied the house. Renovation included, refinishing floors and sandblasting the wonderful tin ceilings. He also had to have the front pillars jack up after water puddled, and rotten one of them,( it took 15 years to find someone to do this work). 

Original Stained glass, hardwood floors  downstairs and pine floors upstairs and five mantles, all original.

Original beveled glass windows,

 Beautiful staircase with all handcrafted woodwork,

  Double set of sliding oak pocket doors

Working original bell- that we ring at each wedding when the newly married couple are introduced to family and friends

Hand-honed slate roof

The kitchen was remolded in the late 50 and it is reported that Olen Harper loved to cook and that candy was his specialty. We have had a great time with the pink Formica.... 

We also have what was called the "Spring Kitchen" which has the original cast iron sink.

Foot buzzer in dining room was use to call the “help”.

Different  dazzling tin designs on ceiling in main house downstairs and upper landing.

A very unique curved wall in yellow morning room/ bedroom.

There are fixed basins in two of the original bedrooms.   The front upstairs bath was originally a sunroom. To get to the balcony you have to go through the floor length window. This was a common architectural feature in homes of this era. Twp bath rooms have the original mosaic tile floors.

One bedroom upstairs was done in memory of Holly Elizabeth Hoover by her mother, Judy Castleberry. Most of the items in the room were in Holly’s room, with the exception of the desk, which is just one of many pieces of furniture donated by Frederick and Mary Carolyn.

The Bride’s Room is in reference to the body of Christ as the Bride of Christ, but we also use it for a dressing room for our Brides.

The other bedroom has been done in honor of D’Arylan Ball’s grandmother, Emma Christine Hicks, who was instrumental teaching her to say her prayers as a small child. D’Arylan decorated this with a “Swedish” influence as her grandmother’s family was from Sweden. This room is ornamented with the original plaster work that is breathtakingly beautiful.

The room in back of the stain-glass window is called the Listening Room, after a book called God Guides and is our quite listening place and prayer room.