Arkansas Post Museum
This state park facility
interprets the rich heritage of
the Arkansas Delta.
A Historic Playhouse
Built during the 1930s, the
elegant little playhouse is
miniaturized in every detail.
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Arkansas Post Museum State Park - Gillett, Arkansas
Preserving the Heritage of the Delta
Arkansas Post Museum is a state park facility
dedicated to preserving the culture of the Delta.
Heritage of the Arkansas Delta
Near the Peterson Building can be seen a
reconstructed scaffold. The iron "trap door" in
the scaffold is an authentic artifact, but was
never actually used in a hanging. Visitors to
the Arkansas Post Museum can also explore
an ongoing effort to restore a four-acre parcel
of prairie grass. The park is located at the
southernmost point of the historic Grand
Prairie of the Arkansas Delta. The restoration
project has been undertaken to demonstrate
the original appearance of this land.

The Prairie Grass Restoration project is a
joint effort of Arkansas State Parks, the
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and
the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
It features a variety of species of natural
grasses and native wild flowers.

The museum also features other displays
and a small gift shop offering books, t-shirts,
Arkansas crafts and more.

Arkansas Post State Museum is located just
north of the Arkansas River between the
communities of Dumas an Gillett. It is open
Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
A small admission fee is charged.
Relics of the Civil War
This 101 pound cannonball
was fired during the nearby
Battle of Arkansas Post.
Refeld-Hinman Loghouse
Built in 1877, this historic
"dogtrot-style" log cabin once
served as park headquarters
when nearby Arkansas Post
National Memorial was still a
state park.
The Arkansas Post Museum is a state park
facility located at the intersection of U.S.
Highway 165 and State Highway 169, just
two miles from Arkansas Post National
Memorial. It interprets the rich natural and
cultural heritage of the Arkansas Delta and is
an outstanding second stop following a tour
of the nearby national memorial.

The Museum consists of a cluster of historic
structures and display buildings that interpret
various aspects of the region's history.

Here are some of the highlights:

Main House
This structure serves as an entrance to the
complex and exhibits documents and other
artifacts dating from the Colonial period of
Delta history.

Pioneer Kitchen
Located to the rear of the main house, this
reconstructed kitchen features displays of
early cookware and kitchen utensils.

Refeld-Hinman Loghouse
The fascinating dog-trot style log cabin was
built in 1877 about one-half mile from where
it stands today. It was obtained by the state
during the 1930s for use as a headquarters
building when the nearby Arkansas Post site
became a state park. When the National Park
Service assumed management of Arkansas
Post during the 1960s, the cabin was moved
to its current site.

Playhouse
One of the most unique historic structures to
be found in the South, this charming little
frame cottage was built during the 1930s to
serve as a playhouse for Harriet Jane
Carnes. The builder was her father, State
Representative Grover C. Carnes of DeWitt.
In addition to his political interests, Mr.
Carnes was the owner of a lumber company
and had all of the materials for the playhouse
made to scale. It is furnished and even
features a wood burning fireplace and
miniature screened back porch with a child-
size swing.

Peterson Building
This exhibition building was built in 1974 and
features a wide variety of exhibits ranging
from prehistoric Native American artifacts to a
reconstructed general store from the era of
the Great Depression.
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