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I have travelled extensively to 28 countries on four continents and have had the pleasure of staying in upscale business accommodations and 5 star hotels in some of the most spectacular locations in the world. But when it is time for family vacations, I much prefer the warmth, charm and privacy of B&B establishments like Rose Dale Farm. The historical restorations and period furniture added greatly to the ambiance and charm of our stay. Best of all, we had the entire farm house to ourselves! For family fun we enjoyed fishing in nearby rivers and state parks, antiquing, playing softball in the well-maintained community ballpark, swimming in the local community pool, and sitting on the porch watching the sunset. Our host made sure that the house was well-stocked with board games, croquet, badminton, books, and other fun activities that greatly enhanced our family time together. The warmth and hospitality of our host was wonderful and made us feel truly at home. I highly recommend Rose Dale Farm to the business traveler, those searching for a quaint weekend getaway, or families on vacation.

- Cheryl Warner Washington D.C.

Of all the Bed & Breakfast where I have stayed, Rose Dale Farm is my favorite. The house was comfortable and tastefully restored. The proprietor was very special with his kindness and taking care of our every need. I am recommending Rose Dale Farm to all my family and friends that live and travel through Arkansas.

- Dentis Crow Vancouver, Washington

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Here's how we ended up in Piggott, Arkansas.
                                                             - Aaron Brame  23 March 2013

If you had asked me where Ernest Hemingway wrote A Farewell to Arms, my first guess would have been Paris.  Then Key West.  Then maybe Cuba, or Pamplona, or Oak Park.  The last place I ever would have guessed is Piggott, Arkansas, but it tuns out that that's where he was in for part of 1928, when he was working on the novel.

Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfieffer
Hemingway's second wife was named Pauline Pfieffer.  She was a journalist who was writing for Vogue Magazine in the mid 1920s in Paris, which is where she met Ernest Hemingway.  By the time they were married in early 1926, her family was living in Piggott, Arkansas.  

In the summer of 1928, Hemingway and Pfieffer, who was pregnant with their first child, visited Piggott.  Hemingway had written 200 pages ofA Farewell to Arms and worked on the novel in the horse stables behind the house.  The two of them traveled back and forth to Kansas City, where Pfieffer eventually gave birth after a difficult labor.  The experience inspired the fictional miscarriage of Catherine at the end of the novel. (Spoiler!)

Renee and I traveled to Piggott on a dull, dark, and soundless day this weekend, to have a look at the house and spend the night at the Rose Dale Farms bed and breakfast.  We had to check out Hemingway's studio from the outside, as we arrived too late to take a tour from the Hemingway-Pfieffer Museum.  (Renee and I were once locked out of William Faulkner's home once, too, which you can read about here.) We then returned to the bed and breakfast, where, we learned, Hemingway used to visit after going on hunting excursions.  He would drink bourbon there with the owner, and apparently displeased the lady of the house so much that she made him come in the back door and would not stay in the same room as him. (The house is pictured at the top of this post.)

It was a relaxing weekend, and I felt we were sharing a scene with one of my favorite writers and favorite books. 

(Here's a picture of Renee outside of Hemingway's converted writing studio where he worked on A Farewell to Arms. She once wrote a guest blog explaining her frustration with the character Catherine Barkley in the book.)

Hemingway's studio

The Pfieffer house
Scenic Piggott, Arkansas

Kujawa Hileman Kudo

Burgoyne & Miller Kudo

Donaldson Kudo

Rose Dale Farm Stationery

Pam and Bob Kudos

Bob Kudos

Reis Group Kudos !

Gail & Lynn Combs !

Merghart Kudos - "Wonderful 5 Star Guests!"

Marc Meier Family from Switzerland ! - 4 Oct 2013

18 September 2013 Kudos !

Making Hay Summer 2013

Aunt Altha

Altha Frances Constant
1880 - 1966


Leona Estelle Gaddis at the Wheel

Leona Estelle Gaddis Norred
1891 - 1966

4 Norred Generations at 2nd and Orr Streets

Large Comfy Bathroom

Dining Room

Queen Anne Table shipped from Famous-Barr in St. Louis and picked up by horse drawn wagon at the Piggott train station in 1917.

Leona Estelle Gaddis and John Russell Norred

Logs from a New Section + 400 acres

Charles Edward and Mattie Florence Constant Norred

Piggott Marine in the South Pacific WWII

Bill H. Norred

Queen Anne Dining Room Table and Side Bar

Purchased from Famous Barre in St. Louis, MO in 1917 and shipped to Piggott on the train.  Collected with horse drawn wagon at the train station.

Leona Estelle Gaddis Wedding Chest


Wedding Announcement

Bert, Harry & Leona Estelle Gaddis

Leona Estelle Gaddis

Hunter Original Style Fan


John Russell Norred

JRN 'At the Wheel'

Harvesting Wheat at the Norred Farm

Lelah Emaline Norred

Lelah Emaline Norred
1885 - 1961

Nettie Frances, John Russell and Lelah Emaline Norred

Bert and Bill Norred

Ed Norred's Automobile

Leona Estelle's Rose Dale Farm rug

Handcrafted by Leona Estelle from the wool fibers she separated from Bill Norred's navy and marine uniforms, WWII.

Rose Dale Farm Secretary

Brought down by train from Sangamon County, Illinois by Mattie Florence Constant Norred on their 1915 move to Piggott, Arkansas.

Harry L. Gaddis Painting (Leona Estelle's brother)

" Painted by my good friend, the late Harry Gaddis, at the age of 12 years."
- Maye Regula