Lakeport Plantation

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Lakeport Plantation
Lakeport Plantation, Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas.jpg
Lakeport Plantation, 2008
Lakeport Plantation is located in Arkansas
Lakeport Plantation
Lakeport Plantation is located in the United States
Lakeport Plantation
Nearest cityShives, Arkansas
Coordinates33°15′24″N 91°9′19″W / 33.25667°N 91.15528°W / 33.25667; -91.15528Coordinates: 33°15′24″N 91°9′19″W / 33.25667°N 91.15528°W / 33.25667; -91.15528
Area5 acres (2.0 ha)
Builtca. 1859
Architectural styleGreek Revival
NRHP reference #74000466[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 20, 1974

Lakeport Plantation is a historic antebellum plantation house near Lake Village, Arkansas and Greenville, Mississippi. Restored between 2003 and 2008, it is now a museum and Arkansas State University Heritage Site.


The plantation was established in 1831 by Joel Johnson. Joel Johnson died in 1846, leaving the plantation's ownership in legal dispute until Lycurgus Johnson acquired clear title in 1857.[2] By 1860, more than 150 people were enslaved at Lakeport and other properties owned by Johnson.

The plantation's mansion was built circa 1859 [3] for Lycurgus Johnson. It was designed in the Greek Revival architectural style.[4] The plantation boomed as cotton prices increased, though the Civil War took a toll on Johnson's fortunes. Confederate forces burned 158 bales of the plantation's cotton in 1862 to prevent its capture by Union forces, and in 1864 tax records show the number of people enslaved at Lakeport reduced to 24. The end of the Civil War freed the remaining slaves, but many of them were working for Johnson a few years later either as paid laborers or as sharecroppers.[5]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ DeBlack, Thomas. "Lycurgus Leonidas Johnson (1818–1876)". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  3. ^ Matthew D. Therrell and David W. Stahle, "Tree-Ring Dating of An Arkansas Antebellum Plantation House," Tree-Ring Research 68(2012): 59-67; Thomas A. DeBlack, "A Garden in the Wilderness: The Johnsons and the Making of Lakeport Plantation" (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Arkansas, 1995).
  4. ^ "NRHP nomination for Lakeport Plantation" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  5. ^ "Lakeport Plantation timeline". Lakeport Plantation. Arkansas Heritage Sites, Arkansas State University. Retrieved 20 February 2019.

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