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Historic Arkansas Museum: Arkansas Traveler

In 1840, Stanford "Sandy" Faulkner penned a folk narrative, to be performed with the aide of a fiddle, about a man traveling through Arkansas who stops to ask for directions. In 1856, Edward Payson Washbourne painted The Arkansas Traveler, a tribute to Faulkner's folk tale. In addition, Faulkner's tale, always presented with musical accompaniment, eventually acquired an established tune and...