Try a New Lunchtime Activity in 2011

Kerry Kraus
 
Perhaps one of your New Year’s resolutions is to expand your horizons by learning about new things. Then you might want to check out the Sandwiching in History Tours offered by theArkansas Historic Preservation Program. (AHPP). They are an entertaining way to spend your lunch hour. The Friday, Jan. 7 destination is Seed Warehouse #5 at Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park in Scott. Tours last no more than one hour. An AHPP historian gives a brief talk about the property before leading guests on a tour. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches with them.
 
These monthly programs are also excellent for those who have children at home during the day or home-schoolers looking for Arkansas history field trip options. A year-long schedule is on the AHPP website.
 
Built in 1948, Seed Warehouse #5 in Scott was a collection and distribution point for cotton, soybean, corn and oat seeds. Today, exhibits explain the seed business and how the warehouse worked through artifacts, interactive models, photographs and self-guided tour information. America’s only intact vintage seed warehouse open to the public, it details how cotton, soybean, corn and oat seeds were collected, cleaned and distributed to farmers for planting crops.
 
This brief visit should whet your appetite (no pun intended) to come back and explore the whole park.Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park is located at the southwest corner of U.S. 165 & Ark. 161 in Scott. Call 501-324-9880 for more information.

 

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