If you’re between the ages of eight and 12, you can explore how the early pioneers lived during the Settlers’ Day Camp. The adventure is scheduled for July 22-24 at the Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park in Scott.
A park interpreter will lead participants in examining Arkansas’s wild uncharted territories. The camp explains the era from the state’s first settlers to the developed fields of the last sharecroppers. Discovering the past helps those in attendance to learn more about Arkansas’s heritage so the message can be shared with future generations.
The week’s schedule of events, which is subject to change, includes pioneer day on Monday, militia day on Tuesday, and mule day on Wednesday. Old fashioned games such a marbles, stilts, button-button, hoop roll, kick the can, horseshoes and graces are being offered. Candle making, militia drills, arms set-up, Dutch oven cooking of biscuits or cobbler, soap making and leather crafts are other activities. Rounding out the event are learning to push a plow, gardening exercises, corn grinding, a flapjack contest and making homemade ice cream. Space is limited and reservations are required. The $40 attendance fee covers snacks and day camp supplies. It all takes place in the park’s Cotton Patch Gift Shop from 9 a.m. to noon. Phone 501-961-1409 for more information.
When you’re finished day camp, check out the other area attractions. At Hardin Farms and Market Too, you can purchase locally grown produce and Arkansas products. The Scott Plantation Settlement depicts a typical Arkansas farm with original working plantation structures from the region. Down the road a few miles is Plum Bayou Mounds Archeological State Park, formerly Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, a National Historic Landmark which interprets Arkansas’s tallest Native American mounds.