Wolf House Pan

Arkansas' Wolf House

The Wolf House, standing in Norfork, Arkansas, at the confluence of the White and North Fork Rivers, is Arkansas's oldest public structure. Jacob Wolf, merchant and builder and blacksmith, built the structure in 1825 and was used for the territorial courthouse for Izard County starting in 1829. This building is the only two story dog-trot log home left in the United States. The court room was held on the second story and the lower level was occupied by the county clerk.


If you are traveling through north central Arkansas on Highway 5 south,  you are welcome to tour the grounds during the daytime. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is charged with locating and protecting significant locations like this one in order to preserve the culture history of the state such as this landmark which resides in the present day Baxter County, Arkansas.

Check out more information on the following links:  AHPP, Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

Below are pictures of the Wolf House facing the White River (top), the back of the building, which is seen from Highway 5, an information sign, which tells the history of the building, at other buildings such as the black smith's shop (bottom).