Mound City Share Cropper Houses

Fully renovated, and furnished 100 year old sharecropper houses are on their original location on a working farm in historic Mound City, Arkansas, at the foot of the Mississippi River Levee. This farm has been in production since the early 1800's and is the closest working farm to downtown Memphis, TN. (6.2 miles by bicycle)

All of our farmhouses have a/c, city water, cable tv and wifi. 

Mound City is named for the Indian Mounds that the original town was built on and was an important trading town and ferry landing directly across the river from Memphis during the 1800's. Mound City as a storage and staging area for  furs, livestock, cotton and other goods that were being traded and transported both East and West and North and South. The Union Army burned the town in 1863. Mound City is at the confluence of: the Trail of Tears, the Esperanza Trail, Military Road, the Mississippi River and its levee system, and the Big River Crossing trail system. One large mound remains.

The Sultana, the largest maritime disaster in US history, sank directly across the levee from Mound City but was overshadowed at the time by the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. There is a Sultana Museum in nearby Marion (3 miles). sultanadisastermuseum.org

The old plantation headquarters features several old cypress structures that were built at turn of the last century. Commissary, shop, and sharecropper houses are original to the farm. Very few of these structures remain in the Delta as many thousands of these old buildings and houses were torn down starting in the 50's as modernization and machinery eliminated the need for abundant labor. There are restored, fully furnished, sharecropper houses available for overnight rental for travelers.

In addition to the houses, the old commissary restoration was completed February 2018. Built in 1902 as a Plantation commissary, this structure, built from cypress lumber sawn on the property, survived many years of neglect and is a testament to the value of quality materials and the longevity of cypress lumber.

The old commissary is available as a unique venue for parties and special events. 

Mound City and Crittenden County have a deep and very significant music and blues history. Howlin Wolf, B.B. King, Sonny Boy Williamson and many others lived in West Memphis (2 miles) Sometimes working in the fields by day and playing in the clubs at night. For more on this see kwemradio.com

 

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Latitude: 35.186648 Longitude: -90.128797 Elevation: 210 ft
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Charlie Lowrance

Number of Persons Property Will Accommodate

4 per cabin

Property Access

Mound City is an easy 7 minutes from downtown Memphis, interstate most of the way and no stoplights. Head west on I-40 across the Mississippi River Bridge. The first Arkansas exit is "Mound City Road" . Take this exit and turn right, continue north for almost 3 miles and the houses are on the right. They are located about 100 yards from the blacktop on a well maintained private gravel road. Though it is no longer a county road the address shows up on the apple map and google map programs as:

County Road 27  Marion, AR 72364         

 

 

Warming Source

Electric Heater

Kitchen Supplies Available (if any)

Each kitchen is equipped with a standard range top oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, coffee maker microwave, and toaster.The houses are furnished with cookware, silverware, glasses, utensils, linens, paper towels, napkins, garbage bags, dishwashing powder,and toiletries. Each house also has a washer/dryer, laundry detergent and an outdoor grill.

We provide coffee and the makings for a light breakfast.

What to Bring

Bring personal items, games. bicycles, and walking shoes. There are miles of field roads through our property that are great for long walks when it's dry.  Pets are welcome! 

Nightly Rate or Fee (if any)

$150 per night subject to seasonal adjustment.

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

The houses and commissary are located on our farm in Mound City, AR. This is a true working farm and we produce a variety of crops in the fields just a few yards from the houses. In addition to corn, rice, soybeans and wheat we also produce several speciality crops that are marketed locally.

Pumpkins and gourds for the local fall markets are grown in the field adjacent to the houses. We also grow an heirloom white corn variety that we stone grind into grits and cornmeal and provide to many of the upper end restaurants in Memphis and Arkansas, under the Hanna Farms label and soon under the Mound City label.

Also adjacent to the houses, we seasonally produce a variety of peas, kale , turnip greens, cucumbers, squash and other vegetables that we encourage our guests to pick and enjoy. 

This past year, one of our cornfields was cut into Corn Maze using a likeness of the steamship "Sultana", which sank at Mound City in 1865, as the largest maritime disaster in U.S. history, to this day.

Pet Friendly Notes

Our property and houses are pet friendly, with plenty of space for off leash play and walks. Please note that there are wild animals including fox, coyotes, deer ect., living on the property as well.

Seasons Open

all year.

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