History

Visionary Entrepreneur

In the late 1800s, Robert Lee E Wilson founded this historic Delta town along the Great River Road and Mississippi Delta. Since its inception, Wilson, Arkansas is known for its entrepreneurial spirit and community essence. Today, it is experiencing a true renaissance and revival.

Wilson began as a company town for Robert E. Lee Wilson’s nearby logging and sawmill operation founded in 1886. When Wilson decided to use the cleared land for agricultural purposes instead of selling it after the timber had been harvested, the community prospered. For well over a century, Wilson, Arkansas, the once-booming agricultural town, was home to many families and sharecroppers. In its heyday, Wilson was an agricultural and cotton-producing powerhouse, providing jobs to hundreds of laborers with every spin of the wheel; there’s never been a more productive company town in the South.

Arkansas history

Redefining Delta Architecture 

In the late 1800s, Robert Lee E Wilson founded this historic Delta town along the Great River Road and Mississippi Delta. Since its inception, Wilson, Arkansas is known for its entrepreneurial spirit and community essence. Today, it is experiencing a true renaissance and revival.

Wilson began as a company town for Robert E. Lee Wilson’s nearby logging and sawmill operation founded in 1886. When Wilson decided to use the cleared land for agricultural purposes instead of selling it after the timber had been harvested, the community prospered. For well over a century, Wilson, Arkansas, the once-booming agricultural town, was home to many families and sharecroppers. In its heyday, Wilson was an agricultural and cotton-producing powerhouse, providing jobs to hundreds of laborers with every spin of the wheel; there’s never been a more productive company town in the South.

21st Century Resurgence

Since the 1970s, the community saw a rapid decline in economic activity and population since the advent of mechanization on the farm, reducing the need for manual labor to produce cotton. As a result, many residents moved to other areas for work.

By the 2000s, the Wilson family began looking for a new investor to manage their beloved town. In 2010, Gaylon Lawrence, Jr purchased the cotton acreage, and with it came the responsibility of the town and its people. Since then, The Lawrence Group reopened the once closed Wilson Tavern into a bustling restaurant, built the Delta School into a unique educational opportunity, and established the Hampson Archeological Museum. Other businesses began opening, and economic progress grew. So, what’s next for this small town? A renaissance and rebirth toward a long-lasting future.