Welcome to The Marlsgate Collection of Properties

Experience historic Scott, Arkansas through our farmers market, heirloom foods, our culinary arts, our lodging by land and water, social academy, curated shopping, and celebrations of all kinds.

History of Marlsgate

Step into the living history and legacy that began in 1850 with the creation of  Marlsgate.  The "wedding gift" of 1,100 acres to Nettie Steele upon her marriage to William Pinkney Dortch ignited a reign that stood over 100 years. David P. Garner and his family took the torch in 1983 and restored Marlsgate to resplendent glory and gracious entertaining.  Since 2017, Martha Ellen and Beau Talbot, the third owners of Marlsgate, celebrate sharing this treasure and its stories to all guests who walk through the ancient doors.   

The mansion is not simply the home of one family. Its rooms, its furniture, its paintings, and its countless mementos illuminate the rich historical and cultural heritage of the American South, the habits and traditions of its people, and the triumphs and tragedies of its past. As custodians of this heritage, we are endeavoring to ensure that this magnificent house and its treasures will be preserved and thus make the past come alive for future generations. We hope very much that you will enjoy your visit.


Events At Marlsgate

Throughout the year we host a number of different fun events for the whole family.

Top views of the Desk Calendar 2024:  Calendar is used to plan daily work and life with houseplant and alarm clock against a wooden table background.

The Marlsgate 2024 calendar is live. Visit our events page for all the exciting things we have coming up this year and get your tickets early before they are all sold out.

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Marlsgate Plantation -- Image Kerksieck Wedding

This elegant stately Greek Revival structure is the perfect venue for your beautiful wedding. Marlsgate is nestled on the shores of Bearskin Lake and is the perfect location for your special day.

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Cooking Classes

Marlsgate Cooking Classes-Register your private group of 8-16 or watch for one of our annual cooking classes!

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Marlsgate News

Great Scott

The dedication and hard work have paid off for the community of Scott, Arkansas. Step inside this amazing article about Marlsgate and the other amazing properties in Scott, Arkansas. Read…

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AY Intriguing Women 2023

AY-Martha Ellen Talbot

For Martha Ellen Talbot, preserving Marlsgate and welcoming visitors to the Scott Community is a dream come true. Talbot and her husband, Beau, acquired the historic Greek revival mansion in…

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Soiree Magazine

Where is the best possible place for a homemade, hands-on cooking lesson? If your answer involved a picturesque mansion in the countryside, you just aced the quiz. Marlsgate Plantation, a…

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Under new ownership for the first time in more than 30 years, but prospective brides need not panic — the Greek Revival mansion with a stately opulence that stands as…

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Arkansas Grown Magazine

 Fourteen miles southeast of the city of Little Rock stands Marlsgate Plantation, a stately columned Greek Revival Mansion shaded by ancient oaks and a pecan grove overlooking the waters of…

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About You AY Magazine

Thirty-nine years after they were prom dates at Stuttgart High School, Martha Ellen and Beau Talbot rediscovered each other. Soon love blossomed, and they were married in September 2016. With…

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