SCOTT, Ark. – Right in the heart of Scott, a plantation transports visitors back to the 1800s. But now, many of the local artifacts sought to be preserved are gone.
The first building visitors see when touring the plantation, The Dog-Trot Cabin, had a table, woven rugs, chairs, quilts, framed pictures… all stolen.
Ed Williams, Board President of the Scott Settlement, said he was shocked to learn the historic plantation was broken into, saying, “It’s upsetting to think that people would have so little disregard for other people’s property.”
The thieves didn’t go through the door; They removed the back window and then stole almost all the contents of the 1840s cabin.
Williams says the break in occurred sometime between late Saturday afternoon and late Monday afternoon.
A second cabin was also affected but Williams gives credit to a wasps nest above the window for keeping the thieves from taking more local artifacts.
While he would like to apprehend those responsible, Williams said he mostly just wants the antiques returned.
“We’re just going to continue on to do what we do here and that’s preserve the past,” he said.
If you have any information to help catch the thieves, please contact the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.