The 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.
Read the rest of this page »