Hampson Archeological Museum State Park
In 2018 the New Museum for Hampson displays will open to the public
Check out the slide shows, pictures, videos, and information below.
When we visited in 2017, the Hampson Museum was in a very small building just off the Wilson town square. The new museum will be set up by the summer of 2018 and will have ample room for many extra displays. Dr. James K. Hampson became a self-made archeologist during his medical practice and preserved many of the artifacts found on his land near Wilson, Arkansas. The nationally renowned collection is from the Nodena culture that flourished in this area during A.D. 1400-1650. Dr. Hampson's family has helped the state to have access to this collection. Although this state park has no camping on site, Lake Poinsett State Park is not far away and has a lovely camping area. If you are traveling but do not plan to camp, there are a number of motels within a few miles of the town of Wilson. While visiting the area, you must have lunch at the Wilson Café. This restaurant has a well-known chef from the Memphis area and the food is beyond wonderful and the prices are quite reasonable.
The slide show will give you an idea what you will see at the museum and a view of the town and new building that will open in 2018.
If you click on the pictures, you will be able to manually control the slides and see all of the description.
Entrance Sign in front of old museum in 2017.
Playground Area next to old museum