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Historic Orphanage & Farm Stand

· North Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas
65 acres hosted by Farm S.
3 RV sites
Primitive camping
Best for self-contained campers. There are no toilets, showers, or potable water at this Hipcamp.
St Joseph Center was designed by renowned architect, Charles Thompson and completed in 1910. This beautiful 56,000 sq ft. building sits on 63 acres of land that has been farmed for more than a century. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. St. Joseph's is also a designated Arkansas Dept. of Agriculture Century Farm (established in 1907). Over the years, St. Joseph's served as an orphanage, school, nursing home, day care, and retreat center run by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica. In 2008, the Diocese of Little Rock announced that St. Joseph's was closing and that the property would be sold. This news prompted the creation of St. Joseph Center of Arkansas, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to save and revitalize the property. Learn more about this land: Our 65 acre farm in the city of North Little Rock was started in 1908. The hill top property was a catholic orphanage. The 65,000 sqft orphanage building is the center of the property and tours are available for a small fee. We are locations just down the road from Camp Robinson, which has a large network of horse and bike trails. Burns Park is also down the road. The park has trails, golf, sports, and much more. It's the largest park in central arkansas.
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16 ratings · 8 reviews
Patxi H.
April 25, 2023
Century old orphanage and farm
Lovely setting but…
The Orphanage is positioned in a lovely setting and I love the mission of urban food production. However, as a camping experience it was only medium. We didn’t mind the barking guardian dog - she was just doing her job protecting the goats - but even just a fire pit would have made it feel like an effort was being made.
Greg S.recommends
April 21, 2023
Century old orphanage and farm
Everything! Even though we had quite a rain and wind storm, we felt safe and welcome! Lots if open spaces for our dog to run and play!
Spencer T.doesn't recommend
January 18, 2023
Century old orphanage and farm
Great idea but needs some thought
I love the idea of this place. Very neat old building and beautiful rolling community farm close to Little Rock. There are a couple things that need to be addressed to make it comfortable though. Said that there would be firewood (minor but would have been lovely to have a fire on a cold night under the stars) and there was just grills and no wood. Also said there was water but could not get information on where I was to get water, luckily a stream there for my dogs to drink. The worst part though was the very efficient great pyrenees guard dog that did not appreciate how close (100-200 yards) we were to his sheep and barked nonstop all night. If more information on the water, campsite locations (perhaps move them further away from the livestock, beautiful lake and seemingly lots of other land), and dog barking (oh yeah and a terrifying boy scout trumpet recording late at night and first thing in the morning) can be sorted out this will be an excellent place. I hate leaving negative reviews but it was pretty rough for me and I hope y'all can get it right for the next campers.
Lindsay H.
November 20, 2022
Century old orphanage and farm
No frills
No frills, basically just parking behind a small shed on a working farm. Nice scenery to wake up to, dog on farm barks quite a bit and cows will wake you up. No electric, no water. Most likely will need to level. Host is reachable by phone and answers promptly.
Todd R.recommends
October 18, 2022
Century old orphanage and farm
Perfect Stay
We stayed in RV spot #3. It was a prefect stay! We purchased some things from the market, took a tour of the orphanage ($10 per person) wandered the gorgeous grounds and enjoyed an evening fire (wood provided free). Quiet. Safe. Attentive staff. We look forward to staying here again!
Susan S.recommends
July 2, 2022
Century old orphanage and farm
Fabulous setting!
North Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of 𐓏𐒰𐓓𐒰𐓓𐒷 𐒼𐓂𐓊𐒻 𐓆𐒻𐒿𐒷 𐓀𐒰^𐓓𐒰^(Osage), O-ga-xpa Ma-zhoⁿ (O-ga-xpa) (Quapaw), and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Farm S.Joined in December 2020
Response rate: 80%Response time: Within 7 hours
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