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Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park

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What:

The history of the south, both good and bad, centers around cotton and agriculture. The Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park interprets what life was like on a cotton plantation. Families can learn how cotton was "ginned" and learn how the cotton gin changed the landscape of Arkansas farms, for better or for worse. Visitors also get to see a real cotton gin. The Dortch Cotton Gin is the only one of its kind known to exist in the continental United States.

Visitors also get to see cotton bales, plows, fertilizers, planters, cultivators, a blacksmith shop, a old fashioned kitchen and store and more. If you have young boys into tractors and agriculture (or old boys) this is a great place to bring them. With all the antique farming equipment, it's a really cool place for farm fans.

Exhibits:

Exhibits include an examination of the life of Scott Bond (an African American born slave who worked to become one of the most prosperous farmers in the state), a photographic and textual tour of Arkansas during the flood of 1927, an exhibit on dairy and butter churning, a real life cotton patch (seasonal), the cotton gin, a 1920s kitchen, a mule barn and 1920s tractors.

The exhibits are intended to interpret life on a cotton farm, from the farmers daily chores to the actual process of farming cotton.

Where:

The museum is at the junction of U.S. 165 and Ark. 161 in Scott. Take Exit #7 off I-440 and go south on U.S. 165 five miles to the museum. (Google Map).

Another history museum very nearby is the Toltec Mounds State Park, also in Scott.

Amenities & Events:

Interpretive programs and guided tours for groups and schools are available on request. Contact the museum for details. The museum has a heritage center which can be rented as meeting room.

Every year in July, the Plantation Agriculture Museum celebrates its Homespun Day. Artisans from around the state are invited to teach historic crafts, mostly involving fabrics. The public is invited to watch as these artisans "spin, weave, and loom cotton into fabric." Many offer hands-on demonstrations. Other crafts like quilting and old fashioned toys are also featured.

The museum has an antique tractor show that showcases pre-1960’s tractors and their engines. It's an outdoor show and occurs annually.

Admission and Tour Fees:

There is no charge for admission to the museum, however guided tours range from $3-4 a person. Group discounts are available.

There is a discounted rate if you visit Toltec Mounds State Park and Plantation Agriculture Museum on the same day.

Contact:

Address:
U.S. 165 & Ark. 161
Scott, AR 72142
501-961-1409
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