The Arkansas Post National Memorial commemorates important histories, cultures and times in the Mississippi area : the Quapaw Indians, the first European settlers in the lower Mississippi Valley (1686); a battle in the American Revolutionary War (1783); the first capital of the Arkansas Territory (1819–1821) and a battle in the Civil War (1863).
To get to the National Memorial, drive about 8 miles southeast of Gillett, Arkansas, where the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers meet.
The Arkansas Post National Memorial is located in a large conservation area in Akansas County.
In total, the area has an area of 306.55 hectares of land. It is divided into 268.67 hectares and managed by the National Park Service, the rest belongs to the Arkansas Post Museum and is managed by Arkansas Parks and Tourism.
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History of the Arkansas Post Memorial
Arkansas Post Office was founded in 1686 by Henri de Tonti at the village of Osotouy, the Quapaw Indians. The place lived from trading with the Quapaw Indians, beaver skins were traded. Since that time, the Arkansas Post site has been considered the first Christian establishment in modern-day Arkansas.
Back in 1819, Arkansas Post Office was designated as the first capital of Arkansas Territory, becoming the center of Arkansas economic and political life. However, it lost this title when the town of Little Rock was formed in 1821 and became the new capital. At the time of trade, the Arkansas Post Office was surrounded by a fort, but this no longer exists.
In 1862, the Arkansas Post Office was still an important commercial location due to its location between the Arkansas River and the Mississippi River. However, during the Civil War in 1863, Fort Arkansas Post was attacked and almost completely destroyed.
In 1929 the Arkansas Post area was designated a state park. In 1969, 306.55 hectares of land received National Memorial and National Historic Landmark protection.
Archaeological digs were conducted in the Arkansas Post National Memorial area in the 1950’s to learn more about the 18th and 19th century settlements. Remains of the historic fort have been found in the river.
Things to do in the Arkansas Post National Monument
There are many activities you can do at Arkansas Post National Monument. Begin by watching a park film and exploring the museum’s many exhibits spanning three hundred years of Arkansas’ human history.
Nature lovers are invited to immerse themselves in natural beauty and tranquility by exploring one of over two miles of hiking trails.
The Arkansas Monument area also attracts many anglers looking to fish in the many waters.
A junior ranger program for children aged 6 and over invites them to discover the park.
Arkansas Post Museum im Arkansas Park
The Arkansas Postal Museum is six miles south of Gillett Township on US-165 at the intersection of Ark 169. It opened in 1960 as Arkansas’ first museum.
Visit the Arkansas Post Museum complex to explore five exhibit buildings. The main house contains exhibits from the colonial era and a souvenir shop. The Summer Kitchen building presents old tools and instruments from the kitchen.
The Peterson Building interprets life on the south end of Grand Prairie and the Delta through exhibits of military memorabilia, and artifacts on display.
Two buildings on the museum grounds are original to Grand Prairie. The 1877-Refeld Hinman Loghouse is an example of how houses were built on the prairie and throughout the delta. The 1933 Carnes-Bonner Schauspielhaus, a miniature built-to-scale version of the Carnes family home, displays children’s textiles, accessories and toys.
Admission to the Arkansas Post Museum is free.
Directions & Getting to the Arkansas Post Memorial
By car, the entrance to the park at Arkansas can be reached by driving seven miles south of Gillett on US Highway 165 (The Great River Road) or from Dumas, driving north on US 165.
By air, you can get near Arkansas National Monument by using the airport in Little Rock, about 100 miles northwest of the park, or the airport in Memphis, Tennessee, located about 140 miles northeast of the park. approach.
From Little Rock, you can drive to Arkansas Post National Monument on I-530 south to Pine Bluff. When I-530 ends, continue on US Hwy 65 and turn left onto Hwy 212. At the end of Hwy 212, turn left onto US Highway 165 and cross the Arkansas River. Five miles further, turn right onto Hwy 169 Arkansas and you will come to the park entrance.
From Memphis, head south on I-240. Then take I-55 south toward Jackson. Then take I-69 south and west to US Hwy 61. Turn left onto US-61 and head south. Near Moon Lake, turn onto US Highway 49 and cross the Mississippi River to Marvell. There, turn left onto Arkansas Highway 1 to DeWitt. From there you get on US Hwy 165 to Arkansas Hwy 169, which you only have to follow for 2 miles to get to the Arkansas Post entrance.
There is no other public transport to the park.
Opening hours & admission to Arkansas Post National Monument
The park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until dark. The visitor center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is only closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is free to both the Arkansas Post Monument and the Arkansas Post Museum.
Attractions near the Arkansas Post National Memorial
Delta Rivers Nature Center, Louisiana Purchase State Park, Corps of Engineers – Arkansas Field Office, Rohwer Japanese American Relocation Center, Toltec Mounds State Park White River National Wildlife Refuge, Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail, Central High School National Historic Site und der bekannte Hot Springs National Park.
Address of the Arkansas Post National Memorial
Arkansas Post National Memorial
1741 Old Post Road
Arkansas Post Museum
5530 Highway 165 South
Gillett, AR 72055