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Scott Arkansas
Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
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High Cotton on the Bayou Festival

Saturday, October 1, 2016     10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

At Scott Plantation Settlement, 15525 Alexander Road, Scott, AR 72142

Directions: I-440 to Exit 7. Then 5 miles east on Highway 165 to Scott. Turn left at Scott Post Office.

Scott Plantation Settlement is across from Scott School.

Adult tickets: $3; Tickets for children ages 6-17: $1; Children under age 6 are admitted free.

Enjoy at day of family style activities and relaxation by connecting with history. Turn of the century fun and farm exhibits include sorghum making, butter churning, and blacksmith demonstrations; games, crafts, and face painting for children; live music; touring authentic plantation buildings. Vendor booths include local authors, artists, craftsmen, and produce. For more information call 501-351-5737.


Scott Plantation Settlement Open for Tours

Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or call 501-351-5737 to arrange for a tour at other times.


Be a Vendor at the High Cotton on the Bayou Festival

All authors, artists, craftsmen, photographers, and produce farmers are welcome to set up booths to market items which they personally create/grow. Vendors may also market creative works produced by other Arkansans. All vendor offerings must be appropriate for viewing by family style audience. Vendors are encouraged, but not required, to demonstrate how they produce their items for sell. For more information call Scott Plantation Settlement at 501-351-5737 or contact Sara Gipson at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 501-961-1647

Vender booth space is $10 which includes admission for one adult. Booth space must be reserved by September 25, 2016. To reserve a booth space, mail checks payable to Scott Connections to

 Scott Connections

P.O. Box 214

Scott, Arkansas 72142 



History in Scott! Click HERE for more information

It began as a dream and soon became a reality when Scott Connections was begun by a group of concerned friends who wished to create a special setting depicting early plantation life in Scott, Arkansas.  Thus began the creation of Scott Plantation Settlement.

Scott PlantationAshley’s Bayou was chosen for the Settlement site.   It is on this piece of land that a Civil War marker stands, memorializing the Civil War Skirmish of Ashley’s Mills.  This property is in the heart of Scott and was once part of the Arthur Alexander plantation, Illallee, one of the many such places around Scott.

The history of Scott is captured with the placement on the settlement site of an 1840’s log cabin, a turn of the century one-room school and a hewn cypress corn crib.  Several tenant houses, a wash house, smoke house, and a blacksmith shop were added.  Local artifacts which tell even more stories about that early life were donated to the project.  A wooden flagpole with an 1836 flag was placed on the grounds as was an authentic plantation bell and bell tower.

Still a work in progress, we have restored the Scott train station (now the Stella Boyle Smith Orientation Center), a plantation owner’s home (“The Big House” built in 1882), a working black smith shop, a plantation office, and a new beautiful split rail fence.  Stories passed down by local families have been shared and woven into the rich tapestry of Scott’s history.  Sharecroppers relate how they worked from “Kin to Caint” (Can See to Can’t See... or dawn to dusk).  One woman, aged 103, recalled memories of her parents who had once been slaves.

Some stories are of the reconstruction period, malaria outbreaks, the great flood, the depression, the wars and a variety of hardships.  The little schools which began as one-room schoolhouses became consolidated and then grew into the county school we see today.  One of the Scott Connection newsletters reached a south Arkansas resident, who contacted us to share a handwritten letter from his relative, Tom Steele (1860’s) describing how he had endured the difficulties of the Civil War at his place, Linwood.  It is one of the many treasured pieces of history we have inherited.

The sense of community in Scott has provided this back drop for what we now call Scott Plantation Settlement.  There is a strong connection between race, religion, age, gender, and even old timers and newcomers.  All of us believe that this small but important piece of history should never be put on the “endangered” list.

During 2010, we were fortunate to receive a grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Department of Arkansas Heritage to develop a video about the Plantation Settlement.  You may ckick HERE for a high definition version of the video, or HERE for a standard definition of the video.

Take a look at history today and visit the Scott Plantation Settlement.  We are open to the public for guided, outdoor walking tours throughout the year.  Large group tours through the inside of the various buildings can be arranged by reservation only.  Experience a valuable part of Arkansas history today... visit the Scott Plantation Settlement!  For more information call:  501-351-5737