Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park

US Highway 165, Arkansas Highway 161
Scott, AR 72142


Exhibits and programs interpret the history of cotton agriculture in Arkansas from statehood in 1836 through World War II, when agricultural practices quickly became mechanized. Learn about growing and picking cotton, as well as ginning and storing the seeds. Tour the 1912 museum building, Dortch Gin Building, and Seed Warehouse No. 5. 

The Plantation Agriculture Museum (main building)
The museum building was originally constructed in 1912 as a general store. The smaller north wing, added in 1929, served as the Scott, Arkansas, Post Office. When the store closed and the Post Office moved in the early 1960s, local planter Robert L. Dortch converted the building into a plantation museum. Today, after Arkansas State Parks' complete structual renovation of the structure and the installation of exhibits, the museum interprets Arkansas's legacy of cotton agriculture.
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