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Plantation Agriculture Museum

US Highway 165, Arkansas Highway 161, Scott, AR 72142
+1 501-961-1409
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Scott
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The main museum is located in a 1912 general store, with a gift shop selling cotton items and old...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The main museum is located in a 1912 general store, with a gift shop selling cotton items and old fashioned toys and novelties along with Arkansas made gifts. The exhibits depict one year of cotton agriculture, with mule barn, kitchen, farm implements used by man and mule. On the grounds, a cotton patch and sharecropper's garden is planted each year for educational programs. The Dortch Cotton Gin Exhibit building houses the 1919 80 saw gin stands and the two bale press. The 1948 Seed Warehouse #5 listed on the National Register of Historic Sites contains exhibits and artifacts explaining the major crops of Arkansas, cleaning, grading and sacking of seeds, along with the innovative time and labor saving devices of the day. The grounds also displays two antique steam traction engines,thresher,haybaler and more.

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Harbor Springs, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Take a walk back to the farm and enjoy! The displays are well done and if you want to learn about how people farmed many years ago, it is a very good presentation. Learned a great deal about cotton--it harvest and the production of seeds. The cotton gins were neat to learn about and the life on the farms was... More 

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LInda G, Manager at Plantation Agriculture Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The staff strives hard to complete the mission of the museum and interpret from statehood in 1836 through World War II when tractors began to take the place of man and mule power. Bring more folks with you when you return and send more folks to the museum. More 

Olean, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

It is a great learning experience for the kids. Try the Cotham Mercantile for lunch after. We learned about honey bees, milking cows and making butter.

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LInda G, Manager at Plantation Agriculture Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the great review. The staff here works very hard to complete the mission of the museum through interpretation, exhibits and events. Bring more folks with you on your return trip and send more to the museum. More 

North Little Rock, Arkansas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Made learning about cotton fun. We had three kids with us from 9 to 12 and they a enjoyed the museum. It is 100 yards from Cottam's Restaurant and maybe a mile from the Toltec Mounds. If you are visiting Little Rock make the 25 minute drive to Scott and don't miss the Plantation Agriculture Museum.

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LInda G, Manager at Plantation Agriculture Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments. The museum is located about 3 blocks north of the famous Cotham's Restaurant and 4 miles north of Toltec Mounds Archeology State Park. Also open March through October is the Plantation Settlement, another great time period attraction in the area. Come back to see new exhibits, special events and festivals throughout the year. More 

Evanston, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Entry is through a 1912 building originally a general store. While the collection is eclectic (a nice word for a somewhat random selection of items), there seems to be an emphasis on the first half of the twentieth century when agriculture mechanized rapidly . The highlights for me were the cotton gin with its 2-cylinder 75 hp diesel engine; and... More 

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LInda G, Manager at Plantation Agriculture Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your contributing comment. The staff takes pride in the artifacts to tell the story of cotton when it was King. Come back to see us and bring more with you, send more to see. More 

Wilmington, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

The museum consists of a main building full of artifacts ranging from cotton sacks to antique irons. There is also a smaller area dedicated to other agricultural pursuits such as cattle and hog raising with artifacts ranging from calf weaning harnesses to butchering tools. Just outside of the museum is a collection of steam and diesel powered tractors. Past the... More 

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LInda G, Manager at Plantation Agriculture Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review of the museum and the mission. The staff works diligently to create meaningful exhibits and programs to tell the story of when Cotton was King in Arkansas. Bring more folks with you on your return visit and send more to the museum. More 

Little Rock, Arkansas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We visited The Plantation Museum as part of a day trip to Scott. It's small, but there are lots of things to see and some really nice hands-on demonstration. The park interpreter demonstrated how the seeds are removed from the cotton and how cotton is spun into yarn. We didn't go outside because of the rain. We decided to stay... More 

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Pangburn
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We enjoyed our visit to the Plantation Agriculture Museum. Espically the guys, but they have something for everyone in here. So go have some fun and very educational

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Savannah, Georgia
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321 reviews 321 reviews
124 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

We visited this museum as part of the Arkansas Civil War 150th Passport tour. We especially enjoyed the cotton gin exhibit and our interpreter Ms. White. The museum is housed in one long room, with several other exhibits in other buildings. There is also a patch of cotton in the yard where you can experience picking cotton. The museum was... More 

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Mississippi
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

If you are going to be anywhere near Scott take the time to visit this Museum. We really enjoyed the museum and exhibits. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Great little gift shop too.

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Pine Bluff, Arkansas
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69 reviews 69 reviews
45 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

We had no idea this little museum existed until we began visiting the sites on the Civil War Trail in Arkansas. Situated on what used to be a large farm, the museum is located in what had once been a store in the little town of Scott, not far from Little Rock. Not knowing much about farming or what went... More 

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