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The Pratt family history intertwined with this inn makes Pratt Place Inn and Barn different from other hotels. Cassius and Margaret Pratt purchased the original elegant rural home and surrounding land in 1900, and it has remained in the family ever since. Their daughters Joy and Evangeline were next to inherit the property and added their own touches to it over the years, including the addition of the cottage. (By the way, Evangeline was a key player in the formation of the nearby Buffalo River National Park, which became the first national river. Her husband, Julian S. Waterman, was the founder of the University of Arkansas Law School and served as vice president of the university.)
Evangeline’s son, Julian Pratt Waterman Archer, and his wife, Jane, inherited the estate more than 30 years ago and have done extensive remodeling to maintain the property. Among other things, they increased the size of the 19th-century home from 5,000 to 19,000 square feet and built the 6,700-square-foot barn (a popular event space). They opened the luxurious inn, a Forbes Travel Guide Four Star hotel, to much fanfare in 2008.