Wilson was establised in 1886.
Wilson was establised in 1886.

Getaway Trip: Historic Wilson

If you ‘re looking for an opportunity to get away for a few nights or the weekend, a great suggestion is Wilson. Located in Arkansas’ Upper Delta, the town was named after its founder, R.E.L Wilson, and would become one of the largest farming empires in the South.

Plan to have at least one meal and drinks at the Wilson Cafe.
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Plan to have at least one meal and drinks at the Wilson Cafe.
The Wilson Cafe offers lunch, dinner, brunch and cocktails throughout the week.
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The Wilson Cafe offers lunch, dinner, brunch and cocktails throughout the week.

You’ll definitely want to check out the Wilson Café. The menus feature Southern foods that pay homage to the rich cultural influences of the Mississippi Delta region. Wilson Café offers lunch, dinner, brunch and cocktails throughout the week. You can check out the menus at eatatwilson.com.

Do some shopping at the stores located around the quaint, Tudor-inspired town square. Don’t miss White’s Mercantile, owned by Holly Williams, granddaughter of the legendary Hank Williams. The shop offers everything from clothing to kitchen items, candles, Southern accents, books and more. Learn more at whitesmercantile.com.

White's Mercantile is located across the Great River Road from downtown Wilson.
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White's Mercantile is located across the Great River Road from downtown Wilson.

Just down from the Wilson Café is the Tom Beckbe Outpost. The brand known for classic sporting apparel and accessories, ranging from their acclaimed traditional waxed cotton jackets, accessories, classic leather and canvas bags, drinkware and even necessities for the four-legged members of the family. Outdoor enthusiasts should definitely check out their hunting and fishing collections, featuring rugged and durable gear and apparel.

Plan a trip to the Tom Beckbe Outpost in Wilson.
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Plan a trip to the Tom Beckbe Outpost in Wilson.

Across the square, you’ll find Hampson Archeological Museum State Park. The state-of-the-art facility provides visitors with many opportunities for hands-on experiences as well as visually stunning displays. The park exhibits a nationally renowned collection from the Nodena site, a 15-acre palisaded village that once thrived on the Mississippi River. Artifacts and exhibits share the story of an early aboriginal population of farmers who cultivated crops and hunted native game. The community that once lived there also created its own art, religion, and political structure. Visit the park’s website at www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/hampson-archeological-museum-state-park.

Learn more about Native Americans in the Arkansas Delta at Hampson Archeological Museum State Park.
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Learn more about Native Americans in the Arkansas Delta at Hampson Archeological Museum State Park.

When it’s time to rest and relax, head to The Louis. A restored boutique hotel, The Louis opened in Wilson in 2023. Located in the century-old Wilson Administration building, bed and bath linens are made from cotton grown in the town. In addition to the 16 king rooms at the Louis, there are also cottages available nearby that feature full amenities of a home for larger groups. Check out the website at thelouishotel.com

The Louis opened in downtown Wilson in 2023.
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The Louis opened in downtown Wilson in 2023.