Prominent Arkansas native Chester Ashley constructed the Ashley-Alexander house in 1835. Ashley is remembered for his legal and political contributions to the state. He was the third U.S. senator from Arkansas and was a founding member of Little Rock's Rose Law Firm. The Ashley-Alexander House served as his country home. Ashley's brother, Elisha Pomeroy, helped Ashley maintain the plantation and construct a grismill and sawmill near the home. Union General Frederich Steele was a west point graduate and a classmate of General Ulysses S. Grant. During the Civil War era, Genral Steele led 7,000 - 10,000 troops across Arkansas in a campaign to capture Little Rock.
The Ashley-Alexander House
One Of Arkansas's Finest Historic Highlights
The men advanced from Helena and camped at Ashley Mills and Horseshoe Lake. Historical records strongly suggest General Steele and his officers stayed in Ashley-Alexander House for several days before attacking the capital. Little Rock surrendered on September 7 ,1863 The Ashley Alexander House is rich with family history. Bitsy Davis' gradparents Otelia George and Aurthur Lee Alexander purchased the home in 1895. Fuive Generations of Bitsy's family have occupied Ashley-Alender House. Otelis renamed the plantation "Illahee". "Illahee" is Native American term meaning "home". The Ashley-Alexander House was admited to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.