Venture right outside of Little Rock city limits and step in to the world of cotton agriculture, one of Arkansas’s premier industries from its founding in 1836 to World War II. Visitors to the Plantation Agriculture Museum will learn about the history of agriculture and the process of growing and picking cotton by visiting the Museum building, the Dortch Gin Exhibit Building, and the Seed Warehouse No. 5, as well as participating in interactive programs and guides tours.
The Dortch Gin was 1st operated by
steam in its infancy in 1919. In `1922,
Dortch updated the equipment until 1930 and went into secondary use when the
Dortch company built a new cotton gin.
The Seed Warehouse No. 5 was opened in 1948 by Dortch for his growing
seed operation; today, the building has been restored to its 1948 look and
houses exhibits about the building’s original use, seed crops, and the
machinery for cleaning and processing seeds.
The plantation’s location was perfect for Dortch’s growing business as
it was located right near the highway and Cotton Belt Railroad.