Category: book signing

“A Weary Land” Book Signing with Dr. Kelly Houston Jones

Join us at the Lakeport Plantation Museum
for a book talk and signing on
A Weary Land: Slavery on the Ground in Arkansas
with author Dr. Kelly Houston Jones
Saturday, September 16, 2023.

In the first book-length study of Arkansas slavery in more than sixty years, A Weary Land offers a glimpse of enslaved life on the South’s western margins, focusing on the intersections of land use and agriculture within the daily life and work of bonded Black Arkansans. As they cleared trees, cultivated crops, and tended livestock on the southern frontier, Arkansas’s enslaved farmers connected culture and nature, creating their own meanings of space, place, and freedom.
Kelly Houston Jones analyzes how the arrival of enslaved men and women as an imprisoned workforce changed the meaning of Arkansas’s acreage, while their labor transformed its landscape. They made the most of their surroundings despite the brutality and increasing labor demands of the “second slavery”—the increasingly harsh phase of American chattel bondage fueled by cotton cultivation in the Old Southwest. Jones contends that enslaved Arkansans were able to repurpose their experiences with agricultural labor, rural life, and the natural world to craft a sense of freedom rooted in the ability to own land, the power to control their own movement, and the right to use the landscape as they saw fit.
-from University of Georgia Press

Saturday, September 16, 2023
Lakeport Plantation Museum
601 Highway 142
Lake Village, AR 71653

2:30 – 3:00 pm — Lakeport Open House
3:00 – 3:45 pm — Presentation by Dr. Kelly Houston Jones
3:45 – 4:30 pm — Book Signing with Dr. Kelly Houston Jones

A Weary Land is $35 each (includes tax).
To guarantee a copy to purchase, please call 870-265-6031 to reserve your copy.

Space is limited. 
Please register for this FREE event by calling 870-265-6031 or emailing

History for the Holidays: Book Signing & Author Event

Saturday, December 8, 1 pm – 4 pm

Pick up a holiday present for your history buff on December 8 at the Lakeport Plantation. Local and regional authors will be on hand to sign copies of their books. Authors include:

Mark K. Christ of Little Rock, AR
Mark Spencer of Monticello, AR
Jim Woodrick of Ridgeland, MS
Woody Woods of Madison, MS
Princella Nowell of Greenville, MS
Robert Fulford of Dermott, AR
Blake Wintory of Lake Village, AR

Authors will sign these local history books

Please bring cash or check. See books and prices below. Prices include tax. Hope to see you then!

Titles for Mark Christ:
Civil War Arkansas, 1863 ($22)
“This Day We Marched Again”: A Union Soldier’s Account of War in Arkansas and the Trans-Mississippi (ed. by Christ) ($24)
A Confused and Confusing Affair: Arkansas and Reconstruction (ed. by Christ; chapter by Blake Wintory) ($22)

Jim Woodrick:
The Civil War Siege of Jackson Mississippi ($24)

Woody Woods:
A Delta Diary: Amanda Worthington’s Civil War Diary ($22)
Delta Plantations: The Beginning ($22)

Princella Nowell:
Washington County, Mississippi (Images of America Series) ($24)

Mark Spencer:
Monticello (Images of America) ($24)
Mark will have other titles available, including– A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of the Allen House

Blake Wintory:
Chicot County (Images of America) ($24)
A Confused and Confusing Affair: Arkansas and Reconstruction (ed. by Christ; chapter by Blake Wintory) ($24)

Robert Fulford:
Growing Up on Yellow Bayou Book 1 ($12)
Growing Up on Yellow Bayou Book 2 ($12)
Dark Days of the South ($12)

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Lakeport Legacies · Growing Up on Yellow Bayou Plantation: A Conversation with Mr. Robert Fulford

Growing Up on Yellow Bayou Plantation: A Conversation with Mr. Robert Fulford

Mr. Robert Fulford (Dermott, AR)

Thursday, May 24

Refreshments & Conversation @ 5:30 pm
Program @ 6:00 pm

Robert Fulford, in addition to writing, photographs places and things that remind him of his childhood on Yellow Bayou in the 1950s and 1960s

Lakeport Legacies for May 24 features Mr. Robert Fulford of Dermott with “Growing Up on Yellow Bayou Plantation: A Conversation with Mr. Robert Fulford.” Fulford grew up on Yellow Bayou Plantation, just north of Lake Village, in the 1950s and 1960s. He has written three self-published books about his childhood and experiences on the plantation

Both of Mr. Fulford’s books will be available for purchase (cash or check only):

A Collection of Anecdotes During my Childhood While Living on Yellow Bayou Plantation: Book 1 — $12

A Collection of Anecdotes During my Childhood While Living on Yellow Bayou Plantation: Book 2 — $12

Dark Days of the South: Before & After Segregation — $12

Register for this FREE Event
(by phone, email or online)
870.265.6031 ·

601 Hwy 142 · Lake Village, AR 71653

Book Signing · Mike Jordan’s The Freedom Song · March 4, 2017

Join us at the Lakeport Plantation for a book signing with Mike Jordan. Jordan’s The Freedom Song is an epic historical novel set at the Lakeport Plantation in the 1850s.

The Freedom Song is the second novel in the five-book Lost Heroes Series. The novels have their roots in the author’s Ozark family stories. The tale winds through the hills of Tennessee, the Arkansas Ozarks, the Lakeport Plantation in Arkansas Delta, and to the California Gold Rush.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Noon – 2 p.m.
Lakeport Plantation
601 Hwy 142
Lake Village, AR 71653

Noon – 12:30 p.m. — Presentation by author Mike Jordan
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. — Jordan will sign your book

Cash or check only:
The Freedom Song • $18.00 each + tax (2nd in Lost Heroes Series)
Crockett’s Coin • $23.00 each + tax (1st in Lost Heroes Series)
Your Heart of Gold • $10.00 each + tax (Lovequest Series)

If you plan to buy a book, please call to reserve a copy, 870.265.6031

The Lakeport Plantation is located at 601 Hwy 142, Lake Village, Arkansas. For more information call 870.265.6031 or visit

Images Of Chicot County Published

RE Cover Approval Needed ASAP CRM00321976 - - Gmail - Google Chrome 4292015 91005 PM.bmp Written by Lakeport Plantation director Dr. Blake Wintory and published by Arcadia Publishing, Images of Chicot County tells the story of the county through vintage photos. The book includes chapters on the county’s three principle towns (Dermott, Lake Village, and Eudora) as well as chapters on the county’s early years, Lake Chicot, and rural life. The book begins with an 1823 sketch of Point Chicot, the county’s first seat, and also includes several images of the plantations houses–now mostly gone. Gracing the cover of the book is an image of the Lake Village Water Carnival, the signature event for the county in the 1920s. Proceeds benefit the Lakeport Plantation, an Arkansas State University Heritage Site


Book Signing for Images of Chicot County

The Images of Chicot County book is now officially published. The book retails for $21.99 +tax and is available locally at Lakeport, Hunters Pharmacy, South Shore Cottages, Lake Village True Value Hardware, Dee’s Treasure Chest or any online retailer–Arcadia Publishing, Barnes & Noble, Amazon…The Washington County Economic Alliance will host a signing and Business After Hours at Lakeport on Thursday, September 3rd from 5 pm – 7 pm. To purchase a book, please bring cash for check for $24.

Book Signings with author, September 2015:

Lakeport Plantation
Thursday, September 3
5 pm – 7 pm

Paul Michael Company (Lake Village)
Saturday, September 5
5 pm – 7 pm

Lake Village Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting
Place: Lake Village County Club
Thursday, September 17
Noon – 1 pm

Lake Chicot State Park
Saturday, September 26
10 am – Noon

Lakeport Plantation to Host Author Susan Young

From Sunnyside to Tontitown:
Author Talk and Book Signing with Susan Young

Saturday, February 27, 2010 • 1:00 p.m.
Chicot County’s Italian history comes down from
the hills and back to the Delta with author Susan
Young’s discussion of her new book, So Big, This
Little Place: The Founding of Tontitown, Arkansas,
1898-1917, at Lakeport Plantation, Sat. Feb. 27.
• 1:00 p.m. Tour of Lakeport Plantation Home
• 2:00 p.m. Author Talk – Susan Young w/ book
signing to follow
In 1895, 100 Italian families came to Chicot
County’s Sunnyside Plantation from Genoa, Italy
to make a new life. Three years later, 40 families
left the harsh conditions of the plantation and
founded Tontitown in the Ozark Mountains.
Young’s book is richly illustrated and contains a
newly compiled genealogical register.
All are welcome to this free event.

The Lakeport Plantation is one of Arkansas’s premier historic structures. The house, constructed ca. 1859, is the only remaining Arkansas plantation home on the Mississippi River. Lakeport’s mission is to research and interpret the people and cultures that shaped plantation life in the Mississippi River Delta, focusing on the Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods.

The plantation was donated to Arkansas State University in 2001 by the Sam Epstein Angel family. After more than five years of restoration, the plantation opened as a museum and educational center in September 2007. Arkansas State University’s Arkansas Heritage SITES Program operates two other heritage sites: the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott and the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza.

Lakeport Plantation • 601 Highway 142 • Lake Village • AR • 870-265-6031 •