Parkin Archeological State Park

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Parkin Archeological State Park

Arkansas

(870) 755-2500

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Overview

Ever wonder what life was like in a Native American village 500 years ago? Visit the Parkin Archeological site and find out.

The 17-acre Parkin site on the St. Francis River was occupied by Native Americans from A.D. 1000 to 1550. Walk along the Village Trail and imagine what life was like 500 years ago when this village was inhabited by Native Americans. See what is left of the big mound on which the chief lived, and the extensive moat that was built for defense. Wayside exhibit signs will guide you around and explain each area of the archeological site.

Many scholars believe the Parkin site was in fact the Native American village of Casqui, visited by the expedition of Hernando de Soto in the summer of 1541. The de Soto expedition, which traveled around what is now Arkansas for two years (1541-1543), had a profound effect on the natives. Diseases, such as smallpox and influenza, accidentally introduced by the Spaniards resulted in numerous deaths, wiping out entire villages in some cases. Spanish demands for food, language interpreters, and equipment bearers led to clashes between the explorers and natives in many parts of the Southeast.

In 1900, a sawmill was built on the site. Some of the mill workers built houses and lived next to the factory. Sawdust from the mill was dumped into the moat around the Native American village site. Signs of the old sawmill are still visible today, including the restored 1910 schoolhouse.

Map of Parkin Archeological (AR)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.287806, -90.558243

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Walk along the Village Trail and imagine what life was like 500 years ago when this village was inhabited by Native Americans. See what is left of the big mound on which the chief lived, and the extensive moat that was built for defense. Wayside exhibit signs will guide you around and explain each area of the archeological site.

  • Picnicking

    A picnic area with tables and grills is available to visitors. A covered pavilion with a group grill and rest rooms are also located in this area. The pavilion is available for rent year round.

Directions

Driving

Parkin Archeological State Park is on the northern edge of Parkin at the junction of U.S. 64 and Ark. 184 north.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(870) 755-2500

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