Lakeport Plantation, an Arkansas State University Heritage Site, announced its 2015 schedule for Lakeport Legacies, a monthly talk focusing on history in the Delta. Speakers will discuss a wide range of Delta topics, including African-American genealogy, a newly discovered Chicot County Civil War diary and modern architecture in the Mississippi Delta.
Lakeport Legacies meets on the last Thursday of the spring and summer months at 5:30 p.m., in the dining room of the plantation house. All events are free and open to the public. The Lakeport Plantation is located at 601 Hwy 142, Lake Village, Arkansas. For more information call (870) 265-6031.
The Legacies schedule gets underway April 30 with “Images and History of Chicot County: Book Project Update” with Dr. Blake Wintory, assistant director of Lakeport Plantation. When completed, the book is a pictorial history of Chicot County. A year of research has yielded interesting discoveries about the county.
Rhonda Stewart of the Butler Center at the Central Arkansas Library System will present “Doing African-American Genealogy in Arkansas and Chicot County,” on May 28. “Absentee Masters of the Mississippi River” will be discussed with Dr. Kelly Jones of Austin Peay State University on June 25.
The series continues July 30 when Wintory will offer “Annie Read Reeves’ Chicot County Civil War Diary, 1961-1863,” and concludes Aug. 27 with “Delta Modern Architecture” with Jennifer Baughn from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
The Lakeport Plantation house, built in 1859, is the only remaining Arkansas antebellum plantation home on the Mississippi River. The Greek Revival structure is one of Arkansas’s premier historic structures. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the home was gifted to Arkansas State University by the Sam Epstein Angel family in 2001. After five years of restoration work, the home opened to the public.