Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Teaching Gardens

Stone sign with white lettering

The Arkansas Archeological Survey’s  WRI Teaching Gardens are located next to the ARAS-WRI Research Station on top of beautiful Petit Jean Mountain.  The Survey station itself is located inside the “Teaching Barn”- one part of the “Heritage Farmstead” modeled after the Westphal farmstead around 1933, before Winthrop Rockefeller came to the mountain. The “Arkansas Native Plants Walkway” features some of the types of wild plants collected and eaten by the earliest people living in Arkansas many thousands of years ago. These include various types of nuts, fruits, and greens. The Teaching Gardens also include an Eastern Agricultural Complex Garden that highlights native Arkansas plants that Indigenous Arkansans planted and domesticated a few thousand years ago in Arkansas. The Mississippian Garden highlights the Indigenous use of corns, beans, and squash beginning a few hundred years before Europeans came into Arkansas. The Heritage Farmstead itself includes an orchard and vineyard. A traditional herb garden is located right next to the Teaching Barn. Additional structures that make up the Heritage Farmstead also highlight early twentieth century foodways in Arkansas. A sorghum press and cooker are right next to the Teaching Barn. Nearby is a smokehouse where meat would have been preserved. A cellar house, cooled by running water is located next to the orchard and would have been used to keep food, especially dairy products, cool.

Arkansas Native Plant Walkway

Eastern Agricultural Complex Garden

Mississippian Garden

Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Heritage Farmstead

Visit the Arkansas Archeological Survey Station at WRI


Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

Teaching Barn

1 Rockefeller Drive

Morrilton, AR 72110


(501) 727-6250


Eastern Agricultural Complex Garden

Mississippian Garden