Davidsonville Historic State Park Upcoming Events Feb. 24 and March 10!

 Nature Crafts and Creations

February 24th from 9:00am-Noon

Bored on a cold winter’s day? Join park staff at Davidsonville and get creative with the art supplies that nature provides. Bring your creativity to our newly renovated Education Center and make something all your own. We’ll use twigs, twine, grasses, and more to create unique trinkets to showcase wherever you might like. Crafts require use of glue and paints, so dress appropriately and get ready to make a little mess. Space for the session is limited and early registration is required. This program is perfect for families, kids of all ages, and those who are still kids at heart as well.

Meets at: Education Center

Fee: $5

Archeology Merit Badge

Starting at 9:00am on March 10th

Calling all Scouters! Interested in earning the Archeology Merit Badge? This full day Merit Badge Class will cover the vast majority of the badge requirements, including the hands on components. Interested scouts or troops should contact the park by March 1st to sign up. Space is limited and early registration is required. Get ready to get your hands dirty as we dig up the past in this fun and educational day long program.

Meets at: Education Center

Fee: TBD

Davidsonville Historic State Park
7953 Hwy 166 South
Pocahontas, AR 72455
Contact: Geoffrey Havens, Park Interpreter
Phone: (870) 892-4708
Fax: (870) 892-0480

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.