Heritage Trail Partners will lead a walking tour related to the history of the Butterfield Overland Mail route in Fayetteville on Saturday, September 28. 

Marilyn Johnson Heifner will lead the tour. Heifner retired  as Executive Director for the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission in February 2015.  She had led the tourism efforts in Fayetteville since 1993, and was instrumental in numerous efforts for tourism economic development including the Lights of the Ozarks festival and Bikes, Blues and BBQ, construction of the Town Center and establishment of the Clinton House Museum. She is actively interested in history and was the founding president of Heritage Trail Partners, which studies and promotes the Butterfield Overland Mail Route, the Trail of Tears and the Civil War Troop movements.  Marilyn has worked tirelessly to have the Butterfield Overland Mail route declared a National Historic Trail. 

Heifner will be joined by John McLarty, current president of Heritage Trail Partners and Susan Young, secretary.  McLarty is retired from the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission and was instrumental in adding the “history element” to the Heritage Trail.  Young is the Outreach Coordinator for Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.

The tour will start from the lobby of the Fayetteville Public Library and visit different stops around the Fayetteville Square. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottle of water. 

In case of inclement weather, the tour may be cancelled.