What could be more fun than touring a turn of the century log cabin with a dog trot? Learning about the pearl industry and seeing how they made pearl buttons? Making your own butter? Seeing a makeshift diver’s tank and imagining yourself in the murky water of a swamp-laced river bottom?
Those are some things we enjoyed while touring the Lower White River Museum in … Arkansas during 2006. My children were in third and fourth grades and we were living in an apartment in Arkansas during that time. We enjoyed taking as many field trips as possible while we were out of state. This one was taken with some homeschool friends who knew the area pretty well.
When we first got there and saw how small the little museum was, I was skeptical. However, the tour guide we were given was extremely knowledgeable. He brought the museum artifacts to life as he vividly described the uses and stories behind each one. Learning about Arkansas state history was very interesting and fun.
It was hard to get good photographs indoors with my older digital camera. These few will have to suffice. We had a great time that day and ended our field trip by making butter and eating it on some crackers. I thought it was ingenious that the guide put their cream in little disposable plastic cups and told them they had to shake it while they toured the cabin – keeping little hands busy so they wouldn’t touch the antiques!
If you happen to be in eastern Arkansas with an hour or two to spare; stop by the Lower White River Museum. You’ll be amazed at all you can learn in such a small place.