Lower White River Museum Sate Park

Arkansas' smallest state park by land size, but it packs a lot of information about the 1800's lifestyle along the Lower White River.

Check out the slide shows, pictures, videos, and information below.

Tucked away in the little rural town of Des Arc, Arkansas, is the state's smallest state park by land mass, the Lower White River Museum. For those interested in the growth of commerce along the White River or just those history buffs, who want to explore the area, this museum is chucked full of information. The displays are great and the pictures are stunning of the early days in this river town. This is well worth your time if you want to take it in while traveling in that area. Since there are no campsites at this park, if you want to stay in the area while hauling a camper or driving a motorhome, I suggest staying at Village Creek or Mississippi River State Parks. For a motel, I suggest Brinkley or Cabot, Arkansas.

For more information, check out the following:

Arkansas State Parks website

   History of the Des Arc area

Below are 10 Pictures of the Museum Inside and Out.

Yes, it is small park, but it is packed full of information about the early settlement in the area and the importance of the river to its growth. If you are traveling with a trailer, fifth wheel, or motor home, there is a parking lot across the street from the museum with room to park your vehicle. The local business there doesn't mind.

Display in the Museum
Display in the Museum

Commerce in this area of Arkansas depended on the traffic on the White River.

Interior of Museum
Interior of Museum

This is a view of the entrance area of the museum.

Log cabin
Log cabin

This is the typical "dog trot" home of the area in the 1800's.

Display in the Museum
Display in the Museum

Commerce in this area of Arkansas depended on the traffic on the White River.

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Below is a rather long video, but if you have an interest  in the early commerce in this area, Monica Smith, the superintendent of the museum, has a 42 minute lecture on the Pearl Shell industry that was one of this area's main sources of revenue.
Lower White River Museum

Lower White River Museum