HPMEC to Host Special Hunt at Liberty Hill

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Ernest Hemingway's grandson, John Hemingway, as he hunted quail at the recent outing at Liberty Hill.(courtesy photo)

A very special event is coming to the region on Saturday, March 4, as the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum will host Papa's Upland Bird Hunt and Dinner at Liberty Hill Outfitters in Rector. The hunt has been planned to celebrate Ernest Hemingway's hunting legacy in Northeast Arkansas, and all proceeds will benefit the museum.

As most local residents know, Ernest Hemingway was a regular visitor of his in-laws, the Pfieffer family of Piggott. It was also common knowledge at the time, that one of his favorite pastimes during his visits was quail hunting on Crowley's Ridge. Also, during December of 1932, Hemingway invited his editor, Maxwell Perkins, to join him for a week of duck hunting in the Delta. The museum recently re-created these experiences with John Hemingway (Hemingway's grandson) and Jenny Phillips (Perkin's granddaughter).

The museum is now sharing this legacy with the public with Papa's Upland Bird Hunt and Dinner. The hunt will begin at Liberty Hill Outfitters at 8:30 a.m. on March 4, and those participating will enjoy a half-day of continental-style bird hunting.

Afterward, there will be a quail dinner and time for socialization. Free tours of the museum will also be offered after-dinner for those interested. The cost of the package is $500, spots are limited and those interested in taking part are encouraged to apply soon. Reservations can be made by contacting the museum at 870-598-3487 or by emailing museum director Adam Long at adamlong@astate.edu

The special event is sponsored by First National Bank-Piggott Banking Center, Glaub Farm Management, LLC, Olympus Construction, Inc. and Piggott State Bank.

HPMEC is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site located at 1021 West Cherry Street, Piggott. Tours are offered on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

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