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Sherwood plans Saturday cleanup of the Roundtop

Calling all Sherwood Roundtop lovers.

Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, Keep Sherwood Beautiful will be at the site of the Roundtop on Trammel Road to give it a good cleaning.

“You are invited to join us to clean this up, start helping preserve this landmark,” said Betty Barnhardt, executive director of Keep Sherwood Beautiful. “We will have vests, bags, gloves and water. Wear your grimy clothes and dig in. Shovels would be a help.”

For several years, Sherwood officials have discussed ideas of trying to restore the landmark. To date, it remains needed refurbished.

The recently appointed chairman of the Sherwood History and Heritage Commission said he wants to see the city secure funding to preserve the historic Roundtop Service Station that is located at the corner of Roundtop Drive and Trammel Road in Sherwood.

Commission Chairman Darrell W. Brown said the Roundtop Filling Station was constructed in 1936 by local real estate developer Justin Matthews for the Pierce Oil Company. In 1955, the filling station became a DX station and continued to be until it was closed in the mid 1970s. George Brown eventually bought the property.

When Brown passed away in 1999, his heirs donated the building and property to the City of Sherwood, and the structure is in the process of being restored to be used a Sherwood Police substation. The building was featured in the 2012 film, “The Last Ride” about Hank Williams, Sr. and starred Henry Thomas, Kaley Cuoco, and Fred Thompson. Arkansas native Harry Thomason produced the movie.

The Mayor’s Office, the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, and the new commission are now working on getting grants to help with the costs of the renovation, according to Brown.

Harry Thomason has offered to show a special screening of his movie for a fundraiser as well, and that is in the works, said Brown.

“There is support from the public to get the Roundtop restored,” he said. “When I posted a picture of the structure on our Commission’s Facebook page, so many people “liked” the picture and posted comments about their memories of it,” Brown said.

The commission recently posted a You Tube Video promoting Sherwood’s history, which includes footage about the Roundtop. People can see it at the commission’s YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/SherwoodHHC.

According to the video, the commission wants to promote Sherwood’s future by preserving its past.

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