Step back into a time when cotton was king and the Arkansas Delta was flourishing with plantation and crop business. The year is 1904 and here, near Scott, Arkansas, is the quiet and genteel atmosphere of the Marlsgate Plantation, just 14 miles southeast of Little Rock. This stately columned Greek Revival Mansion is nestled among ancient oaks and a pecan grove that overlooks Bearskin Lake, a gorgeous vista on a gorgeous piece of land. Amid the acres of cotton, soybeans, and rice you will see the beautiful plantation house, a reflection of the southern historic plantation era, an era in this area dominated by privileged classes of wealth on the Delta. This stop will show your group one of the hottest and most historic entertainment, hospitality, and event spaces in the region!
The Marlsgate Plantation is on the National Register of Historic Places, currently owned by David Paul Garner and his family. Mr. Garner will give you home and garden tours himself, quite enthusiastically at that! Take in all the fine details of the mansion, from the brick Doric columns that are over 40 feet tall to the original beveled glass windows inside. Inside you will also see sliding oak doors, handcrafted woodwork throughout, Carrara marble fireplaces, and sculpted metal ceilings. Try not to get lost in the 32 rooms (over 11,000 square feet) as you explore the dining, drawing, and music rooms, master bedrooms, offices, and the grand central hall and stairway. Enjoy this blast from the past as you are immersed deep into the world of southern history!