Judd Hill Plantation began as a wedding gift from Judd Hill to his daughter, Mrs. Ester HHl Chapin, and her new husband, Sam Chapin. Originally, this area consisted of swamp and timberland along the very fertile St. Francis River Basin. As the land was cleared and drained, the Chapins created one of the largest, contiguous farms in Poinsett County. Combining row crops with a cattle operation, Judd Hill Plantation quickly became one of the premiere farms in Northeast Arkansas.

At one time, 68 families lived and worked on the plantation. They were born here, went to a one room school, attended church and many are buried at the Judd Hill Cemetery, which is still maintained today. Judd Hill was the quintessential Southern Cotton Plantation.

In 1985, Ester Hill Chapin established the Judd Hill Foundation for the purpose of research, experimentation and the dissemination of information to the public on progressive techniques in farming. These include activities such as agricultural economics, enhanced seed types, fertilization, irrigation and the control of weeds and pests. Judd Hill is also committed to research in soil and water conservation. Upon her death in November of 1991, at age 91, Ester Hill Chapin bequeathed and devised her entire estate to the Judd Hill Foundation. The principal asset of this gift was the beautiful 4,000 acre Judd Hill Plantation. Today, the farm produces 3,800 acres of cotton annually.



Latest News

New photos of the 2010 Annual Field Day have been posted. See them here.

The date for this year's field day has been announced. Click here to see a list of the 2010 Judd Hill Field day sponsors.

Click here to read comments by Berrye Worsham on Cotton Incorporated. Click here for more information on Congressman Marion Berry. To read the article "Jonesboro Sun Article- Judd Hill Field Day 2008", you can find it here