Davidsonville Historic State Park’s New Education Center Opens Feb. 24th!

Old Visitor Center Becomes New Education Center

What’s old is new again at your local state park. The staff of Davidsonville invites you bring your creativity and get crafty at our newly renovated Education Center as they celebrate it’s opening this month. The building will open to the public in its new role for the first time on February 24th, from 9am to Noon for a nature crafts program. Families with kids and those creative at heart are all welcome to come get hands on and make memories in this old space with a new life.

Geoff Havens, Park Interpreter

Many northeast Arkansas locals will recognize the Education Center as the park’s old visitor center. The building functioned as office space, storage, and visitor center and could not keep up with the demands of increasing visitation. With the opening of the park’s new visitor center in May of 2016, plans began to revitalize the old space. The goal quickly became to create a climate controlled facility capable of being used for park programs and public meetings.

Those interested in the Nature Crafts program can reserve a space by calling the park at 870-892-4708. A five dollar supply fee is required for the activity, and participants will go home with two different nature crafts.

For more information about these and other events, please call the park 870-892-4708 or stop by and visit us. Davidsonville is located on Arkansas Highway 166 South, 15 minutes from Pocahontas. The park staff wishes you all happy holidays and hope to see you out at your local state park soon.

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.