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Historic Lakeport Plantation celebrates milestone anniversary

Lakeport Plantation is a grand survivor, rising above Chicot County cotton fields near the Mississippi River. Completed in 1859, the mansion stands intact and restored 163 years later. It ranks as Arkansas’ most impressive antebellum residence. The handsomely refurbished 17-room home, now marking its 15th anniversary as a visitor attraction,…

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Hope’s fruity festival is one in a ‘melon’

One of Arkansas’ most delectable festivals will be bursting with juicy flavor Aug. 11-13 in Hope, which proudly styles itself as the “Watermelon Capital of the World.” There are other claimants to that succulent title. But the Hempstead County seat, which gained wide fame in the 1990s as President Bill…

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State park beaches, pools make a splash with summer swimmers

When Arkansans hear that relatives or friends are heading for the beach, the sandy shores that first come to mind may be the saltwater expanse of the Gulf Coast, stretching from Texas to the Florida Panhandle. But the landlocked Natural State is blessed with much closer beaches, most of them…