All about April at Davidsonville Historic State Park! Plus a Few May Events

All about April at Davidsonville Historic State Park

Springtime means camping here in Arkansas, and there’s no better part of a campout than enjoying delicious food straight out of the oven. Fire up your appetite and join us at the park for a Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop April 14th, from 1:00-4:00p.m. This is a great program for beginning camp cooks looking to get started as well as those seasoned veterans looking for a few new recipes and the chance to try new foods before you’re out in the wilderness. Cost for this three course meal (appetizer, entrée, and dessert) is $20 dollars a person and includes all supplies, a laminated recipe booklet, and instruction. Hungry yet? Call the park to get the menu and sign up today. Children are welcome, but those ages 12 and up will likely have the best time with this program.

Hey teachers! Still in the hunt for a field trip that will let your students get hands on with history, archeology, and geography? Davidsonville invites you to bring your class out for a day of hands on activities, historic games, and other exciting programs that will be sure to engage your students on April 19th or 20th. Space is limited each day, so contact the park early to sign up! Sign-ups are due by April 9th. Need funds for the bus or a substitute teacher? Arkansas State Parks offers field trip grants as well. Contact the park for more information about this simple application process.

Like getting messy and building stuff? Want to learn a skill you can use at home? Roll up your sleeves and join us for an earthen oven workshop April 28th from 9:00am-3:00pm. You’ll learn how to make your very own backyard oven and help the park make one of its own. We’ll utilize sand, clay, straw, and more to create something historic and practical. You’ll go home with the practical skills, instruction guide, and inspiration to make something innovative of your own. Due to the long nature of this program, those ages 16 and up will likely get the most enjoyment out of this program. Cost is $5 and early sign-ups are required.

Other Upcoming Events

Baking in an Earthen Oven: Enjoy delicious homemade breads and more, made the historic way.

May 5th from 1:00-4:00p.m.

Kids to Parks Activity Day: Scavenger hunts, craft activities and more, fun for the entire family.

May 19th all day long.

To sign up for these or other upcoming events, call the park at 870-892-4708 or email Park Interpreter Geoffrey at See you in the park soon!

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


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.