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The High Cotton on the Bayou Festival is October 7, 2017    

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.    


Scott Settlement     

15525 Alexander Road    

Scott, Arkansas 72142    

501-351-5737   



Directions: I-440 to Exit 7. Then drive 5 miles east on Highway 165 to Scott. Turn left at Scott Post Office to Alexander Road. Scott Settlement is located at 15525 Alexander Road, across from Scott School. Free parking for Festival at Scott Charter School. A golf cart is available to shuttle those with mobility issues across the road to the Festival. 

 

Come to the High Cotton on the Bayou Festival at the Scott Settlement in Scott Arkansas and step back into history! Enjoy a wonderful day full of turn-of-the-century family-style fun! 


Tour authentic plantation buildings that compose the Scott Plantation Settlement. Watch demonstrations of heritage skills such as grinding and cooking sorghum, blacksmithing, spinning yarn, needlework, and butter making.


Special crafts are available for children with creative spirits. Children will also enjoy playing heritage games such as hopscotch, jumping rope, sack races, and walking on stilts.  Parents can join their children in face painting.  


Listen to live music while you stroll or ride around the settlement on an antique school bus. Ride a hay wagon within the Scott Connections compound. Music will be provided by the following artists: Roundelay,  Duets by Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale, and local talent.


The Sweet Shop located in the original Scott Train Depot will offer coffee and a selection of homemade goodies from start to finish.


Local produce venders, authors, and artists will have items available for purchase. 


Admission is $3.  No charge for children ages 6 and under. 


For more information, call 501-351-5737 .

 

 

Be a Vendor at the High Cotton on the Bayou Festival!

Participate in in the High Cotton on the Bayou Festival as a vendor. All authors, artists, craftsmen, photographers, musicians with CD's, and produce farmers are welcome to set up booths to market items they personally create/grow. Vendors may also market creative works produced by other Arkansas artists. All vendor offerings must be appropriate for viewing by family style audience. Vendors are encouraged, but not required, to demonstrate how they produce their items for sell.

 

All proceeds from booth sales go to vendor. Vendors are responsible for collecting and filing any necessary taxes. Vendors must furnish all components for their booths such as tables, chairs, and tent for shade. Vendor booth spaces are located outside on a grassy field. 

 

Vendor booth space is $10 which includes admission for one adult. Booth space must be reserved a week prior to the event. To reserve a booth space, mail checks payable to Scott Connections to

Scott Connections

P.O. Box 214

Scott, AR 72142

 

Vendors need to set-up booths between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and take down booths between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.. Vendors may drive to their booth space for booth set-up and take down before 9:30 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m. Vendors arriving after 9:30 a.m. must walk booth components to Settlement ground. No vehicles permitted on Settlement grounds during the High Cotton on the Bayou Festival. For more information, call Scott Plantation Settlement at 501-351-5737 or email Camille Bennett, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

To Volunteer at the High Cotton on the Bayou Festival

Contact Scott Plantation Settlement at  501-351-5737 or email Camille Bennett,  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 Click HERE for pictures from 2010 High Cotton.  

 Click HERE for pictures from 2012 High Cotton.

 

Scott Settlement Open for Tours

Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning March 17, 2017 through November 18, 2017 or call 501-351-5737 to arrange for a tour at other times.

 

Be a Vendor at the Scott Connections Rendezvous April 29th, 2017 and High Cotton on the Bayou Festival October 7, 2017

All authors, artists, craftsmen, photographers, and produce farmers are welcome to set up booths to market items which they personally create/grow. Vendors may also market creative works produced by other Arkansans. All vendor offerings must be appropriate for viewing by family style audience. Vendors are encouraged, but not required, to demonstrate how they produce their items for sell. For more information call Scott Plantation Settlement at 501-351-5737.

Vender booth space is $10 which includes admission for one adult. Booth space must be reserved a week prior to the event. To reserve a booth space, mail checks payable to Scott Connections to

 Scott Connections

P.O. Box 214

Scott, Arkansas 72142 

 

 

History in Scott! Click HERE for more information

It began as a dream and soon became a reality when Scott Connections was begun by a group of concerned friends who wished to create a special setting depicting early plantation life in Scott, Arkansas.  Thus began the creation of Scott Settlement.

Scott PlantationAshley’s Bayou was chosen for the Settlement site.   It is on this piece of land that a Civil War marker stands, memorializing the Civil War Skirmish of Ashley’s Mills.  This property is in the heart of Scott and was once part of the Arthur Alexander plantation, Illallee, one of the many such places around Scott.

The history of Scott is captured with the placement on the settlement site of an 1840’s log cabin, a turn of the century one-room school and a hewn cypress corn crib.  Several tenant houses, a wash house, smoke house, and a blacksmith shop were added.  Local artifacts which tell even more stories about that early life were donated to the project.  A wooden flagpole with an 1836 flag was placed on the grounds as was an authentic plantation bell and bell tower.

Still a work in progress, we have restored the Scott train station (now the Stella Boyle Smith Orientation Center), a plantation owner’s home (“The Big House” built in 1882), a working black smith shop, a plantation office, and a new beautiful split rail fence.  Stories passed down by local families have been shared and woven into the rich tapestry of Scott’s history.  Sharecroppers relate how they worked from “Kin to Caint” (Can See to Can’t See... or dawn to dusk).  One woman, aged 103, recalled memories of her parents who had once been slaves.

Some stories are of the reconstruction period, malaria outbreaks, the great flood, the depression, the wars and a variety of hardships.  The little schools which began as one-room schoolhouses became consolidated and then grew into the county school we see today.  One of the Scott Connection newsletters reached a south Arkansas resident, who contacted us to share a handwritten letter from his relative, Tom Steele (1860’s) describing how he had endured the difficulties of the Civil War at his place, Linwood.  It is one of the many treasured pieces of history we have inherited.

The sense of community in Scott has provided this back drop for what we now call Scott Plantation Settlement.  There is a strong connection between race, religion, age, gender, and even old timers and newcomers.  All of us believe that this small but important piece of history should never be put on the “endangered” list.

During 2010, we were fortunate to receive a grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Department of Arkansas Heritage to develop a video about the Plantation Settlement.  You may ckick HERE for a high definition version of the video, or HERE for a standard definition of the video.

Take a look at history today and visit the Scott Plantation Settlement.  We are open to the public for guided, outdoor walking tours throughout the year.  Large group tours through the inside of the various buildings can be arranged by reservation only.  Experience a valuable part of Arkansas history today... visit the Scott Plantation Settlement!  For more information call:  501-351-5737

 
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