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Plantation Agriculture Museum (General Store)

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1912; 1929 addition. U.S. 165 at AR 161
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage)

In the 1960s, prominent local plantation owner Robert L. Dortch converted this former general store into a museum to interpret the history of the region’s cotton agriculture. It closed in 1978, but in 1985 the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism acquired and renovated the building, and reopened it. The former store, a two-story building of red brick with a recessed entrance between plate glass windows, has a full-width one-story porch carried on brick piers. A narrow green-tiled shed roof supported on massive brackets elaborates the building’s upper story. The state park now also includes a restored 1919 Munger cotton gin and press of the Dortch Gin Company and a seed warehouse of 1948. The Robert L. Dortch seed warehouse is a massive ten-thousand-square-foot building with a series of small ventilation monitors along the main roof ridge. A rail spur connected the seed warehouse to the railroad’s main line.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Plantation Agriculture Museum (General Store)", [Scott, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 151-152.

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