Have a High Old Time in Scott Saturday

There’s going to be a lot going on in Scott this Saturday, October 6, with the annual High Cotton on the Bayou Festival at Scott Plantation Settlement. This family-friendly gathering showcases fun and activities necessary for day-to-day living at the turn-of-the-20th century.

Events scheduled to take place include demonstrations of mule plowing, sorghum making, butter churning, blacksmithing, and horse and mule drawn farming. Tours of the authentic plantation buildings and visits to the adjoining Scott Heritage Farm will be given. For the first time, the Dortch Commissary at the settlement will be open for tours. Dutch oven cooking presentations, vendor booths featuring the works of artists, authors, along with farm produce will be on-site. Games from the era, face painting and crafts will be for children. Lunch will be available at the Corn Crib Café with smoked meats provided by nearby Hardin Farm Market. Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; admission is $3 per person for adults, $1 for ages 6-17, with those younger than age six admitted free. Location is 15525 Alexander Road. Contact Sara Gipson at 501-961-1647 or saragipson@aol.com for more information.

The historic Ashley-Alexander House directly across the bayou from the settlement will be open for free tours from noon-3 p.m. The circa 1835 home is usually just open for special events and gatherings.

A very short distance down U.S. 165, Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park will be holding its Advanced Dutch Oven Outdoor Cooking Workshop from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Using Dutch ovens for cooking dates back to frontier Arkansas and is still popular today. Learn how to cook over coals and enjoy a full-course meal of Southern home cooking. The fee is $30 and covers the workshop and accompanying booklet with tips and recipes, and lunch. Call the park at 501-961-1409 to register for the event; space is limited.

Ashley-Alexander House photo courtesy Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas
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