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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.

History

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!

www.tontitowngrapefestival.com

Living in Tontitown

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Tontitown Homes

Listings - of 17

Price: $875,000
426 Arlington, ,
4 BR, 4.1 BA, 4100 sqft
John Deweese | MLS # 1204001 | Pending
Price: $535,000
614 Tuscan Sun Lane, ,
3 BR, 2.1 BA, 3546 sqft
Dave Layman | MLS # 1202384 | Pending
Price: $499,900
809 Verona, ,
4 BR, 3 BA, 2863 sqft
Rhonda Scott | MLS # 1197140 | Pending
Price: $499,257
793 Verona Avenue, ,
5 BR, 4 BA, 2949 sqft
Rhonda Scott | MLS # 1194235 | Pending
Price: $473,900
653 Soldera Road, ,
4 BR, 3 BA, 2677 sqft
Jackson Williams | MLS # 1201239 | Pending
Price: $468,900
713 Soldera Road, ,
4 BR, 3 BA, 2647 sqft
Jackson Williams | MLS # 1199119 | Pending
Price: $463,900
760 Soldera Road, ,
4 BR, 3 BA, 2680 sqft
Jackson Williams | MLS # 1195664 | Pending
Price: $453,250
702 Soldera Road, ,
4 BR, 3 BA, 2450 sqft
Brooke McDonald | MLS # 1204335 | Active
Price: $452,000
3851 Old Highway 68, ,
4 BR, 2.1 BA, 2626 sqft
Liz Hill | MLS # 1202234 | Active
Price: $449,900
730 Soldera Road, ,
4 BR, 2.1 BA, 2553 sqft
Jackson Williams | MLS # 1197715 | Active
Price: $447,500
637 Brunello Circle, ,
4 BR, 3 BA, 2500 sqft
Andrew Elsass | MLS # 1201667 | Pending
Price: $443,400
669 Soldera Road, ,
4 BR, 3 BA, 2527 sqft
Jackson Williams | MLS # 1198345 | Pending
Price: $426,900
685 Soldera Road, ,
4 BR, 2.1 BA, 2410 sqft
Jackson Williams | MLS # 1201240 | Pending
Price: $350,000
1588 Klenc Road, ,
4 BR, 2.1 BA, 2274 sqft
idxlogo | MLS # 1197254 | Pending
Price: $300,000
1258 Kissinger Avenue, ,
2 BR, 2 BA, 1248 sqft
Amanda Hall | MLS # 1200716 | Pending
Price: $279,900
516 Brooke Street, ,
3 BR, 2 BA, 1695 sqft
Matthew Dickhut | MLS # 1197926 | Pending
Price: $265,000
356 Brooke Street, ,
3 BR, 2 BA, 1520 sqft
idxlogo | MLS # 1198921 | Pending

Listings - of 17

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