Davidsonville Historic State Park Spring Break Programming

Spring Break Programming

March 23rd from 7:00-8:00pm-Campfire Program (Free)

Join park staff for an evening program around the campfire. Meet Park Interpreter Geoffrey at the campground for an interactive program.

March 24th from 2:00-3:00pm-Black Powder Musketry (Free)

History happens right before your eyes. Come learn about cutting edge technology that was the flintlock musket. Learn how Arkansas residents 200 years ago hunted wildlife to provide food for their families and protected themselves while in dangerous situations.

March 24th from 7:00-8:30pm- Owl Prowl (Free)

Half the park is after dark. Join Park Interpreter Geoffrey at the Visitor Center for a sunset hike and owl prowl around Davidsonville. Learn about the nocturnal hunters who call the park home, listen to their calls, and perhaps catch a glimpse of an owl making its nightly rounds. Please bring flashlights and wear close-toed shoes.

March 25th from 1:00-4:00pm- Candle Making Demonstrations: ($5 to make and take a pair of candles home.) Light up your Sunday and come learn how to make candles as they did during the time of Davidsonville. Learn about waxes and wicks and try your hand at making a light of your very own.

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.