Homes For Sale in Tontitown AR
Homes for sale in Tontitown AR
Homes for sale in Tontitown can be found to the right or below, but let’s learn a little about this great town.
Tontitown, named for Italian explorer Henri de Tonti, is located in NW Arkansas just off Hwy 412, between Springdale and Siloam Springs. It is a small town of around 5,000 people.
Like so many American towns, the history of Tontitown begins with the story of immigrants. Facing high taxes, political unrest and unpopular colonial wars, a group of Italian farming families set sail for the United States in 1895, hoping to start a new life. After a false start in Southeast Arkansas, Father Pietro Bandini bought a plot of land in Northwest Arkansas and brought some 40 families to what would soon become Tontitown.
Father Bandini, born in Italy and schooled in France, chose the Tontitown area because of good climate and cheap land. By the time the 40 families following Father Bandini arrived in the area, the price of the land had nearly doubled, from $8 to $15 per acre, due to the demand raised by 120 newcomers. Each family agreed to buy 10 acres.
The winter of 1898-99 was harsh. The men worked in the mines of Oklahoma, while the women and children scraped by, living off the land. The new Italian-American Arkansans managed to build small log cabins, surviving on rabbits that first winter. When spring finally arrived, the immigrants went to work at what they knew best: farming.
Vegetables, strawberries, apples and grapes began to yield both food and cash. The first Tontitowners renovated an old schoolhouse, and quickly followed that by building a church, St. Joseph’s. That fall of 1899 they celebrated a successful harvest with the first Grape Festival. The Tontitown Grape Festival is still celebrated here every year, on the grounds of St. Joseph’s. By 1922, grapes had replaced apples as the main crop of the area, and the Welch Company built a plant here to process the fruit of the vine into grape juice.
Tontitown was incorporated in 1909, with Father Bandini as the first mayor. Soon after, the railroads ran through the area, with the first depot complete in 1912. Over the years we’ve certainly grown and changed — all without ever losing sight of our traditions and our heritage. (Tontitown.com)
Tontitown Grape Festival
Every August since 1899, the Tontitown Grape Festival, sponsored by St. Joseph’s Church, has been the scene of fun for folks of all ages. One of the biggest festivals in Northwest Arkansas, the Grape Festival draws people from all over the United States and beyond.
The Tontitown Grape Festival celebrates Tontitown’s Italian heritage with great live entertainment, a Carnival, an Arts & Crafts Fair, a used book sale, a Run for the Grapes (for both kids and adults), and the annual coronation of the Queen of the Festival. Come share in the fun and while you’re here fill up on some fine Italian cuisine.
Visit the official Tontitown Grape Festival website for a full schedule and description of this year’s festival events!
Please see the list of available homes on the right!
A dream home that is secluded and still in the middle of all of NWA! This 3 bedroom home has been in the same family for over 100 years and is now for sale with new roof, freshly cleared land, new carpeting, some paint, and decking work. Have it all on almost 4 acres with 2 large shops, and a 10x10 shed. The newer metal shop is 20X30 and the older one was originally used as part of a pig farm that now makes great storage or can be remodeled for guests or as a party barn. The home has a well that is not in use but still is active. The shops are wired for electricity but are not connected (new owner could easily connect to junction box in front of home or add solar). Property lines are marked with the pink flags. When the 112 expansion is finished there will be a roundabout connecting Kissinger/112. This is also where Don Tyson will eventually connect to 112.
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