Piggott, Arkansas

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Piggott, Arkansas is a city in Clay County, Arkansas, one of that county's two seats (Corning is the other). It is also the northern terminus of the Arkansas segment of Crowley's Ridge Parkway. As of the 2000 census, Piggott's population was 3,894. The town was founded by William N. Barron, after his sister's married name (sister Sarah Ann Barron, wife of John Piggott).



Piggott is perhaps best known for its association with American writer and Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, whose second wife Pauline Pfeiffer was the daughter of prominent local landowner and businessman Paul Pfeiffer. After meeting and marrying in Paris in the late 1920s, Ernest and Pauline made frequent and lengthy visits to her parent's home in Piggott, where Ernest wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls, portions of A Farewell to Arms, and other works. The Pfeiffer House and Carriage House are now preserved as the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, run by Arkansas State University.

The town was mentioned in the 1990s television sitcom Evening Shade, set in Arkansas. The high school football team coached by "Wood Newton" (played by Burt Reynolds), which almost always lost, celebrated when it tied Piggott High in a game.

Piggott was also one of the filming sites for Andy Griffith's acting debut, A Face In The Crowd. The film, which also starred Patricia Neal, featured several Piggott citizens as movie "extras." Scenes were also filmed in the Northeast Arkansas town of Paragould. Several locations in Piggott are featured in the movie, including the Piggott Mohawk football field, the old Clay County jail, and a swimming pool at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer residence. Piggott was chosen when Toby Bruce, a friend of Ernest Hemingway. recommended the site to writer Budd Schulberg. In September 2007, several Piggott citizens gathered at the Piggott community center to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the release of A Face In The Crowd. Actress Patricia Neal returned to Piggott and toured the town during this celebration.[1]

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