Upcoming April and May Events at Davidsonville Historic State Park – May 5th changed to May 12th


Building an Earthen Oven: April 28th, 2018 from 9:00a.m-3:00p.m.

Meeting Location: Visitor Center Porch

Love fresh baked bread, just out of the oven? Join Davidsonville staff for part one of a two part program and help make the thing that makes the bread. Wear your ‘mud’ clothes and pitch in to help build an earthen oven like those commonly found in early settlements. Participants in this first part of the program will receive hands on practice and instructions for this historic project to take home, and a memorable experience that only playing in the mud can bring.

Program Fee: $5

****(THE BAKING IN AN EARTHEN OVEN (below): May 5, 2018 HAS BEEN CHANGED TO May 12th, because of weather and cookware timing, time TBA, per Geoff Havens) ******

Baking in an Earthen Oven: May 12th, 2018,  Time TBA 

Meeting Location: Visitor Center Porch

The oven fire is ready, are you? Join park staff for the finale of the two-part program on historic oven building and baking. We’ll prepare and bake a few loaves of homemade bread, discuss tools needed, oven prep, use, and care, and enjoy the results of our hard labor towards the end. Participants will receive recipes and the knowledge of how to work their own backyard ovens.

Program Fee: $15

Dutch Oven Workshop: May 12th , 2018 from 1:00-4:00p.m.

Meeting Location: Visitor Center Porch

Bring your appetite and a willingness to learn as we prepare a Dutch Oven Dinner at Davidsonville. Participates will help prep, cook, and clean a three course meal that looks and tastes just as great as the food the original settlers of Davidsonville prepared. This program is great as a family outing, for making new friends, and for learning how historic meals were prepared. This is a rain date rescheduled program, so don’t wait, sign up today!

Program Fee: $20

Kids to Parks Day: May 19th. 2018 from 9:00–11:00am and 1:00-3:00p.m.

Meeting Location: Visitor Center

Where oh where has the ranger gone? Calling all kids! One of our rangers has wandered out into the park and took all our candy with them! Stop by the visitor center for clues as to his location and begin your hunt. If you find the ranger, he may just reward you with a sweet prize. Grab your hiking shoes and binoculars and come join us for this fun morning of park exploration. In the afternoon, join us at the education center for a fun crafting project.

Program Fee: Free

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


Geoffrey Havens,

Park Interpreter

Davidsonville Historic State Park

Office: 870-892-4708

Email: geoff.havens@arkansas.gov

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.