Re-discover your pioneer roots or encourage children to discover new interests at the annual Plantation Agriculture Museum’s Homespun Day, or the 3-day Settlers’ Day Camp.
Homespun Day will be held July 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Settlers’ Day Camp is July 22 – 24.
Homespun Day will feature Arkansas artisans demonstrating spinning, weaving, and creating fabric from cotton; basket weaving, cornhusk doll making, quilting, crocheting, and old-fashioned games and toys to carry home. Many of the demonstrations are “hands-on.”
All activities will be in the air-conditioned museum; Homespun Day admission is free.
Settlers’ Day Camp will be July 22 – 24, for children ages 8 – 12 years. A park interpreter will lead the children into Arkansas’ settlement, from uncharted territories to the time of the last sharecroppers. Hands-on games and activities (subject to change) include: Muleshoe toss (horseshoes), kick-the-can, hoop rolling, stilt walking, candle making, a flapjack contest, gardening, Dutch oven cooking, militia drills and arms set up, leather crafts and more.
Event schedule (subject to change): July 22 - Arkansas Pioneer Day; July 23 - Militia Day; July 24 - Mule Day. Sessions are 9 a.m. to noon
Space is limited to 10 children; sign up to reserve a place. Registration deadline is July 17; $40 fee covers snacks and day camp supplies.
The Plantation Agriculture Museum is at Scott in Lonoke County, at the junction of U.S. Highway 165 and Arkansas Highway 161.
The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Admission to the museum exhibits is free for self-guided tours; guided tours are $4 for adults and $3 for children.
For more information, contact Lydia White at (501) 961-1409 or Lydia.White@arkansas.gov.