Deriving its common name from its distance from Little Rock at the time, the Federal-style Ten Mile House, is a rare example of a largely intact rural home of the early nineteenth century. In addition to the house, there are four nineteenth-century outbuildings surrounded by a large parcel of wooded property.
It was built by Archibald McHenry, and is sometimes known as the McHenry House or Stagecoach House (due to its presence on the Southwest Trail stagecoach line). During the Civil War it served as a military outpost for Union troops. David O. Dodd was held a prisoner in the smokehouse prior to his trial and execution.
Ten Mile House exhibits Early Georgian or Federal influence through the use of bridging between paired chimneys situated at each end of the house. Traits of the Federal style include simple, symmetrical proportions and large multi-paned windows. Ornamentation is minimal and is usually found around entries, windows, and cornice lines. A brick smokehouse, dairy house, well house, and kitchen house—all dating from the nineteenth century—remain on the property.
The Ten Mile House was listed on the National Register in June of 1970. Several families have owned the home since its early nineteenth century construction. It has served as a combination tea room/antiques store, a venue for public dinner parties and weddings, and a residence.