Plantation Agriculture Museum

Well worth a visit to learn about the early days of Arkansas' cotton industry

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

Entrance Sign
Annual Antique Tractor Show

Cotton is King! Yes, from 1836 statehood through World War II, Arkansas was an important cotton producer. This museum chronicles the history of cotton agriculture in the state and the mechanization of the industry. There are displays inside the museum building that interpret Arkansas' legacy of cotton agriculture as well as equipment used in cotton production outside. The Dortch Gin Building and No 5 seed warehouse building have self-guided tour signs and displays to help people to understand how cotton was grown and processed. The state park facility is located at Scott, Arkansas and is also just a few miles from the Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park so be sure to take that in when you visit the area.

We visited this place on the Saturday after Labor Day, and we were pleased to discover that there was an antique show going on as well as the facilities that are permanently on the site. This is an annual event, which you might want to plan to attend. There are pictures below of the event that we attended. If you are traveling with an RV or Motorhome, you may be able to find nice site at the Willow Beach Corps of Engineer Campground just south of this state park. If you do not want to camp, there are all types of accommodations in Little Rock , Arkansas and nearby towns.

Check out more details about the Plantation Agriculture Museum.

This museum opened in 1912. Admission is free to the museum as well as to the Dortch Gin Building and the Seed Warehouse #5. If interested in the museum displays, check out the 2 1/2 minute video below.

Here are some pictures of the buildings on the park's grounds. You can see descriptions of the pictures by mousing over the pictures as they come up.

Grounds for Park
Grounds for Park

Dortch Gin Building can be seen on the right and a cotton patch in the foreground.

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Buildings on Site
Buildings on Site

Dortch Gin Building has a lot of displays to view so be sure to visit.

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Cotton Plant
Cotton Plant

Close-up of a cotton plant in bloom.

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Grounds for Park
Grounds for Park

Dortch Gin Building can be seen on the right and a cotton patch in the foreground.

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Checkout the Pictures of the Antique Tractor Show.
Antique Show
Antique Show

This is an annual show the Saturday after Labor Day.

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Tractor Show-Dick
Tractor Show-Dick

Dick is looking at some interesting engines on display.

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Old Jeep
Old Jeep

Dick even found an old Jeep at the show.

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Antique Show
Antique Show

This is an annual show the Saturday after Labor Day.

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This is a video done by Marcus Lowe of Stepping Razor Studio that shows some of the facilities at the Museum location and talks about the annual exhibition, which we took in.