Plantation Agriculture Museum
Well worth a visit to learn about the early days of Arkansas' cotton industry
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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.
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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.