The Summer House shows an early pioneer kitchen. The kitchen was frequently built in a separate building from the main house. This was done for safety reasons and to keep the heat from the kitchen from affecting the house during the summer.
The John L. Peterson House houses the main displays for the park. Displays include exhibits of early prairie life, agricultural displays, a country store, a collection of photographs from the early days to the mid 1900s, a collection of toys, and other artifacts and displays. The building was named for Judge John L. Peterson a long time judge in Arkansas County and the man that was instrumental in getting the park started.
The Arkansas Post State Park is kind of a companion piece to the Arkansas Post National Monument. It consists of several buildings and artifacts from the early history of the area. They are also trying to preserve the prairie grass native to Arkansas by replanting 4 acres of the grass. This area is considered part of the Grand Prairie Section of Arkansas. The park is one of 52 state parks in the state.
As always, you should start your tour with the Visitors Center which is located in the Main House. There you will pay the entrance fee of $3 for adults and $2 for kids 6 to 11. The Main House has a Colonial Display, an audiovisual room and a gift shop. The The park was not busy when I was there so the nice girl at the Visitors Center walked me through the park and showed me where the buildings are. The park is open 8 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday and is closed on Mondays and major holidays.