Your donation to The Peel Compton Foundation supports education, public programming, habitat preservation, and general operations of the facilities and surrounding gardens.
Because of donations like yours, we can pass on our history, heritage, and provide an enduring legacy for visitors and local residents. This is an incredibly unique place for visitors to explore the living history of an era long gone and the lush, natural wonders of the Ozarks.
Lodged within our collective memory are the former homes of two of our most recognized citizens: noted attorney, legal representative of the Five Civilized Tribes, Congressman, Colonel Samuel Peel; and Dr. Neil Compton; a noted Bentonville physician, writer, photographer, founder of the Ozark Society, and most notably, the hero of our country’s first national river, the Buffalo National River.
The former home of Colonel Samuel W. Peel was gifted to The Foundation on January 30, 1992. After an extensive renovation, the home became The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens. Subsequently, on May 4, 1995, The Peel Mansion Museum was placed on the National Register of Historical Places.
The Compton Gardens and Conference Center, formerly the home of the Neil Compton Family, was donated to The Foundation. In May 2005, the Compton Gardens and Conference Center were formally dedicated with the Gardens and Trail System, evolving to a free and open green space available to all.
Every gift makes an impact. And your gift keeps these historic landmarks alive. Please help us continue our mission of providing access to recreation and rich traditions in the natural beauty of NWA.