The Lakeport Plantation we wished to visit is on the Arkansas side of the Mississippi, so we continued on toward Lake Village, Arkansas, to find a campground. We finally succeeded and pulled into the Pecan Grove Campground. The gal at the desk was very friendly and told us that tours at the plantation are at 10 and 2. It was 1:20 and she said, "Oh you will have time to get there. It's just about 15 minutes." So we hurried and got the coach parked, pushed the slides out and gave the dogs their instructions and we were off! We made it just in time and had an excellent tour by Blake, who is the Assistant Director. Blake was certainly a good sport and entertained all our questions and was quite knowledgeable about the home and the area. From the highway, all you see is the back of the house, but remember these plantation homes faced the Mississippi River, which now is about 3/4 mile away. The plantation was built in the late 1850's and was deeded to the Arkansas State University by the last owners. Lakeport has the distinction of being the only remaining Arkansas plantation home on the Mississippi River. The University operates the site as a museum and educational center. This restoration "focuses on the lifestyles and relationships between the people who lived and worked at Lakeport--as enslaved laborers and masters, as tenant farmers and land owners." Those wishing to know more can visit the website:
After our tour, we drove around Chicot Lake which we suspect may actually have been part of the Mississippi River at one time. Kind of reminded us of Reelfoot Lake and how it was formed.