LAKE VILLAGE — Historian Gary Edwards will present, “Yankee Mistress of the Old South: Plantation Life in the Arkansas Delta, 1847-1866,” during the Lakeport Legacies monthly history talk.
Lakeport Legacies will be held at the Lakeport Plantation at Lake Village on Thursday, June 21. The event gets underway at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments and conversation, and the program starts at 6 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
Edwards will discuss Amanda Beardsley Trulock (1811-1891) recently published in Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press, 2018). Beardsley, born in Connecticut, married a Georgia planter in 1837. The couple moved to Jefferson County in 1845, and Amanda Trulock was widowed five years later, according to a news release.
“Amanda Trulock is a rare example of a northern woman who eventually became a plantation proprietor and sole mistress of 62 slaves near Pine Bluff,” according to Edwards.
A limited number of copies Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times will be available for purchase for $35.
“Trulock’s surviving letters and papers show her to be a competent financial manager that also delegated many responsibilities to an enslaved man, Reuben. According to Edwards, she, like ‘a tiny handful of New England women who married into slavery at the time, accepted and selectively advocated for slavery during her twenty-nine years of residency in the South during both war and peace’.”
Lakeport Legacies is a monthly history talk held on the last Thursday at the Lakeport Plantation during the spring and summer. Each month a topic from the Delta region is featured. The Lakeport Plantation is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site. Constructed in 1859, Lakeport is one of Arkansas’ premier historic structures and still retains many of its original finishes and architectural details, according to the release.
Open to the public since 2007, Lakeport researches and interprets the people and cultures that shaped plantation life in the Mississippi River Delta, focusing on the Antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction Periods, according to the release.
Arkansas Heritage Sites at Arkansas State University develops and operates historic properties of regional and national significance in the Arkansas Delta. A-State’s Heritage Sites include the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, Lakeport Plantation, the Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash, and the Arkansas State University Museum.
For more information and to register for Lakeport Legacies, contact Blake Wintory at 870-265-6031 or email him at bwintory@Astate.edu.