General Information

Lake Ouachita

Montgomery County, Arkansas, formed on December 9, 1842, was named for Gen. Richard Montgomery, a hero of the American Revolution. The county was once the hunting grounds of the Caddo Indians. The county seat is Mount Ida. Landscape of the county is long, narrow ridges of folded rock, large fertile valleys, and mountains (Ouachita) covered with oak and pine timber. Montgomery County’s natural resources and its rugged beauty are its livelihood.Sixty-three percent of the county is national forest land with the federal government being a stable employer. Cattle, swine and poultry production, along with mining and tourism makes up the economy. The Ouachita Mountain range of Arkansas is one of only three known areas in the world to have enough high quality quartz crystal to warrant mining.

Each year Montgomery County has an annual Quartz Crystal Festival and Crystal Dig, and  hosts a “Good Ol’ Days” festival each May. More information about these events can be found at the Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce’s web site

Montgomery County also contains a magnificent lake, Lake Ouachita, Arkansas’ largest. Lake Ouachita  is popular because of its’ clear water, fishing and many other water sports.

Mount Ida is known as the  “Quartz Crystal Capital of the World ”  because of the abundance of the stone which can be purchased at roadside shops or dug for in private mines through out the county. The city of Mount Ida, the county seat of Montgomery County, is located approximately 35 miles west of Hot Springs on Highway 270 East.

Great Music Presented by The Frontporch Stage

Front Porch Stage

The Montgomery County Arkansas Frontporch Stage and Possums Unlimited host Saturday Acoustic Jams and Free Concerts from the first Saturday in May through the second Saturday in October. Jam sessions start around 3pm and the concerts start at 7pm. The concerts feature area and regional bands playing Bluegrass, Country, Country Rock, Gospel and occasionally Folk and Folk Rock.

These are free concerts!

Bring your family and friends, your lawn-chairs or blankets and enjoy an afternoon and evening of great music in a peaceful family friendly environment on the town square in beautiful downtown Mount Ida, Arkansas. The Backporch Snack Bar is open during the concerts for your snacking pleasure and if you’re looking for a unique gift or souvenir, stop by the Possums Unlimited table.
The Frontporch Stage and Possums Unlimited are non-profit volunteer groups. Our purpose is to serve our community through voluntary efforts and keeping our local music heritage alive.

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