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 Wine, swine, history in Scott!

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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

 
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