This is a condensed commentary on the rest of our visit in Lake Village, Lake Chicot State Park, and Greenville.
Winterville Indian Mounds:
This was really neat. The museum had many examples of objects recovered from the site. The mounds were used by the local tribe for ceremonies. The tallest is 55 feet tall.
The Greenville Cypress Preserve:
A local group maintains the 16 acres of land which has walkways through Cypress forests. The trails go over boardwalks in the swamp around the huge old cypress trees.
The Lakeport Plantation:
Nearby is the Lakeport Plantation which is operated by the Arkansas State University.
They have done a great job of restoring the building.
It was a very informative private tour. After over an hour of answering our questions we were allowed to walk alone in the house. At its prime the plantation was over 3000 acres and had almost 100 slaves. The primary production was cotton and honey. During the Civil war an order was sent down to a river boat captain to shell the plantation. He sent word to the owner to move everyone into the main house and they shelled the fields. This was the only plantation home in Arkansas to survived the war intact.
The most notable person to have lived in the home was Richard M. Johnson, Vice President of the United States under Martin Van Buren.
We were impressed by this bridge every time we crossed.
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