High Cotton on the Bayou Saturday in Scott

Kerry Kraus

Hearken back to the days of yesteryear this Saturday in Scott during the High Cotton on the Bayou Festival, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There are going to be demonstrations of horse- and mule- drawn farming, Dutch oven cooking, and tours of Scott Settlement Plantation and Scott Heritage Farm. Music, antique cars, hayrides, a cookie walk, arts and crafts are other activities. In addition, you can visit the pumpkin patch, ride an antique bus, play period games, watch blacksmithing, and see a fully functioning sorghum mill. Lunch is available at the Corn Crib Café.

Scott Settlement Plantation depicts early farming life from statehood through mechanization. Original area working plantation structures include a hand-hewn cypress corncrib, an 1840s dog trot log cabin, a home, a train station, a commissary, an ice-house, a one-room school, a doctor’s office, tenant houses, and a blacksmith shop. Also on the grounds is a Battle of Ashley Mill’s historical marker, explaining the location’s importance as part of the Little Rock Campaign during the Civil War.

Admission is $3 for adults, $1 ages 6-18 with children under age six free. Proceeds benefit the on-going projects of Scott Connections. Take Exit 7 off I-440, then go five miles east on U.S. 165 to Scott. Turn left at the Post Office to 15525 Alexander Road.

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