The organization next acquired a 1951 mid-century modern home steps away from the Bentonville square built for the Putman-Compton family. The late Dr. Neil Compton founded the Ozark Society in 1962 and successfully led the fight to save the Buffalo River from damming in 1972 when it was designated as the country’s first National River. A passionate conservationist, Dr. Compton filled the acreage surrounding the home with plants and trees native to the Arkansas landscape to support the regional ecosystem.
The building and grounds were transformed from a family home to a community space in 2004, known originally as Compton Gardens and Conference Center. The gardens are now the only Level II Arboretum in the state of Arkansas and feature five Champion Trees (the largest of their variety in the state). The home underwent renovations in 2004 and 2018 and serves as a venue for gatherings and life celebrations.
The Peel House Foundation was renamed Peel Compton Foundation in 2010 to better connect the organization’s goals and scope.