The Hopson Preservation Company is an organization created by Clarksdale area business leaders to help preserve and protect the historic Hopson Commissary and to keep alive our Delta heritage. Our logo is the original logo of the Hopson Planting Company established in 1852.
The Hopson Plantation Commissary stands today in much the same condition as in its glory days over fifty years ago. The building is full of antique and historical items which create a nostalgic atmosphere reminiscent of the deep south Delta.
Cotton had always required a large amount of hand labor, at one time over a million families to raise 22 million acres of cotton.
In 1935 the Hopson Plantation began a monumental changeover to become one of the first completely mechanized cotton operations in the world. In the fall of 1944, International Harvester introduced the first cotton picker on the Hopson farm making it the first in the world to grow and harvest a commercial acreage of cotton produced completely by mechanical methods.
From planting, to cultivating, to irrigating, to harvesting, to ginning, the Hopson enterprise became the showplace of Delta farming.
Check out the mass produced outhouses with the luxury of concrete seats and floors!
Working in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, the Delta Blues Museum and the Library Board, the Hopson Preservation Company hopes to attract many visitors to our area including farm tourists, southern culture enthusiasts, and blues fans, to name a few. HPC also supports community functions and fund raisers, and is available for lease to HPC members for these type functions.
"Blues At Hopson"
Painting by local artist CRISTEN BARNARD
If you or your organization are planning a visit to the Delta and would like to include a tour and luncheon at the Hopson Commissary, or would like to know more about HPC, please call or write:
Hopson Plantation Commissary
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