Jacksonport State Park - Newport, AR - Arkansas State Parks



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Welcome to Jacksonport State Park
In the 1800s steamboats made Jacksonport a thriving river port. During the Civil War, the town was occupied by both Confederate and Union forces because of its crucial locale. Jacksonport became county seat in 1854, and construction of a stately, two-story brick courthouse began in 1869. The town began to decline in the 1880s when bypassed by the railroad. The county seat was moved in 1891 to nearby Newport, and Jacksonport's stores, wharves and saloons soon vanished. Today, exhibits in the park's 1872 courthouse and programs by park interpreters share the story of this historic river port. Admission to the courthouse is free. The park offers 20 Class A campsites with water and electric hookups including 50 amp service at all sites, a swimming beach on the White River, standard pavilion, picnic sites, playground, and the Tunstall Riverwalk Trail to stroll alongside the river..The park is on Ark. 69 in Jacksonport (just three miles north of Newport). For more information about Arkansas State Parks' historic, heritage and cultural parks, and museums, visit: http://www.HistoryStateParks.com.

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Museum exhibits illustrate the story of the courthouse and Jacksonport in five gallery rooms. The "Jacksonport" gallery shows the essence of Jacksonport's rich life as a steamboat town, and the challenge as an occupied town during the Civil War. The town's struggles to rebuild and regain identity after the war are emphasized. The "Clerk's Office" gallery traces the influence of county government on everyday life of the average citizen through court records and documents. The era is visualized by the display of a typical clerk's office with historic furnishings. "The Gallery" features original artifacts from the everyday life of the average citizens. Rotation of exhibits from the museum collection offer changes periodically. The "Post Script" gallery interprets the struggles of the courthouse and the community decline as a river town emphasizing the choices that were made to bring us where we are today. The "Courtroom" gallery allows you to step back in time to experience the drama of court in the 19th century. All courthouse exhibits offer you the opportunity to see and experience Jacksonport's rich cultural history in a unique and exciting way.

Jacksonport offers a unique camping experience. Twenty Class “A” campsites with 50/30 amp electric and water hookups are set along the banks of the White River. The campground rest room/shower facility, and one campsite are barrier-free.

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A shaded picnic area within a stone’s throw of the White River offers a fun place for family and friends. Rest rooms are nearby and a pavilion is available for rent. A visitor center in the courtyard provides visitor information, grocery items, and a gift shop where visitors can find souvenirs of their trip to historic Jacksonport. A boat ramp provides access to the White River and the half-mile Tunstall Riverwalk allows visitors to leisurely walk along the banks of the White River. NOTE: Campers must register at the visitor center before occupying a campsite. All sites are reservable and may be reserved up to one year in advance. Please call to check availability. The pavilion must be reserved at the visitor center before being used (fee and deposit required).
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