The Lakeport Plantation house, a modified Greek Revival home built circa 1859, is one of Arkansas's premiere historic structures and the only remaining Arkansas plantation home on the Mississippi River that hasn't been extensively altered. It was built for the Lycurgus Johnson family, part of a political dynasty that extended from Virginia to Kentucky to Arkansas. Additionally, the plantation is representative of the westernmost expansion of the antebellum slave-based economy.
Lakeport Plantation has remained in continuous cotton production since the 1830s when enslaved workers carved it from the heavily forested Arkansas frontier. Thus, it provides complete documentation of agricultural development in the region and the accompanying changes in the African American experience. The Arkansas State University Heritage Site has been restored as a model preservation project and includes exhibits focused on the people who lived and worked at the Lakeport Plantation.
Official Great River Road Interpretive Center
The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The scenic route passes through 10 states and hundreds of river towns. Learn more >