Lakeport Plantation – Arkansas’ Last Antebellum House

December 16, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Lakeport PlantationLakeport Plantation is the last remaining, untouched antebellum home on the Mississippi River in Arkansas. It has successfully transitioned from slavery, to tenant farming, to a museum and historic site over the last 185+ years. And it’s still producing cotton.

Kentuckian Joel Johnson established Lakeport Plantation in 1831. His son, Lycurgus Johnson, took the reins in 1846. By 1856, the cotton market was providing well for southern plantation holders like Johnson. He built the large house on the property in 1859 and expanded the plantation to well over 4,000 acres by 1860. He also held 155 slaves.

The looming Civil War had other plans, however.

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Visit Little Rock’s Old State House Museum

January 13, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas' Old State House MuseumLittle Rock’s Old State House Museum served as Arkansas original capitol and is now a museum of Arkansas history.

The Old State House Museum was built in 1836 and served as the state capitol until 1911. During its years, it has witnessed some of the state’s most important events.

This grand, old building hosted the admission of Arkansas into the Union. Ironically, it was also the site of the secession convention in 1861! The same building served as the seat of both the Confederate and Unionists governments during the Civil War.

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Discover Poison Springs Battleground State Park

August 14, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Poison Springs Battleground State ParkStep back into Civil War history and the infamous Red River Campaign with a visit to South Central Arkansas’ Poison Springs Battleground State Park.

The Battle of Poison Spring took place on April 18, 1864, during the Arkansas phase of the Union’s Red River Campaign; a questionable plan to seize control of the Red River valley from as far south as Texas to as far north as Shreveport, Louisiana.

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Travel Back In Time at the Lakeport Plantation

March 28, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Lakeport PlantationThe last remaining antebellum house on Arkansas’ stretch of the Mississippi, the 1850 Lakeport Plantation, has been restored to help study and demonstrate the South’s transition from slavery to tenant farming.

Lakeport Plantation has been in continuous cotton production since being hewn from the heavily forested, 1830’s Arkansas frontier. Initially farmed by slaves, the plantation has survived the change from frontier to plantation slavery, through sharecropping and tenant farming, to large-scale corporate farming. As such, it is the perfect living document of agricultural, social, and cultural change in the region and, to some degree, throughout the US.

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