Davidsonville Historic State Park 2018 Fishing Derby

Come celebrate summertime and the weekend at Davidsonville with the following free event. For more information on events, call the park at 870-892-4708.

June 2nd , 2018 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Meeting Location: Trapper Lake

Cost: Free

The fish are biting and the weather’s just right for a morning at the park. Davidsonville‘s Kids Fishing Derby is held every year on Trapper Lake providing a chance for younger anglers to prove their skills and have a good time. This is a great opportunity to get kids outside and enjoy some time with family while competing for such categories as biggest fish, longest fish, and more. Fishing will close at 11:00 a.m. and prizes will be awarded for all age groups at 11:30 a.m. Kids must bring their own poles and bait. Open to children 5-15 years old. 

Note: In the event of inclement weather (heavy rain with thunder and lightning), the event will be postponed to June 9th at the same starting time (9:00 a.m.).

Davidsonville Historic State Park

Memorial Day Weekend Programming

May 25th
o Informal Programming (Come when you can):

Weaving Demonstrations 1:00-4:00pm at Visitor Center

Need a break from the hot weekend sun? Come by the visitor center and try your hand at making a belt the old fashioned way. Get hands on and gain an appreciation of where clothing and fabric used to come from, and where it comes from today.

Formal Programming:

All About Owls 7:30-8:30pm at Campground Fire Ring

Often heard, but seldom seen, come uncover the world of this most famous nocturnal bird. Topics will include owl calls, what’s for dinner, fun feather facts, and more. Bring bug spray and a comfy chair and prepare to have a ‘hoot’ at the park.

May 26th
o Formal Programming:

Native Tools and Weapons, 2:00-3:00pm at Visitor Center Porch

Ever thrown a tomahawk? Shot a bow? And where did that meat on the dinner table come from? Roll up your sleeves and stop by Davidsonville to practice your historic skill set and learn how the residents of town and those who lived in the area before Davidsonville hunted for the food. Participants will toss tomahawks, throw spears, and learn how to use an Atlatl.

Twilight Town site Tour and Owl Prowl: 7:30-9:00pm at Visitor Center

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, and the voices of the past who once lived where we camp today. Please bring flashlights, bring bug spray, and wear close-toed shoes.
May 27th
o Informal Programing (Come when you can):

Historic Letter Writing: 1:00-4:00pm at Visitor Center

If a letter leaves St. Louis on Sept 1st at 1pm, when does it reach Davidsonville? Does it make it at all? And how did they make that cool wax seal? To learn the answers to these questions, and many more, join Park Interpreter Geoffrey at any time between 1pm and 4pm to put quill to paper and gain a deeper appreciation of the many modern marvels we have today, and how Arkansas residents communicated without them in the past.
o Formal Programming

Tales from the Tombstones: Twilight Cemetery Hike 7:30-8:30pm at Campground Fire Ring

Half the park is after dark. Join Park Interpreter Geoffrey at the historic town site for a sunset stroll to a cemetery over 200 years old. Learn what happened when death’s shadow came to call at Davidsonville, and why you should never cut down a cedar tree. This walk will leave promptly at 7:00pm and participants should come prepared for an evening hike in the woods.

May 28th
o Formal Programming

Branding Irons and Fun around the Campfire 9:00-11:00am at Visitor Center Porch.  

Make your mark at Davidsonville Historic State Park and learn how livestock, property, and possessions were marked during Davidsonville’s time. Participants will learn about different types of symbols, branding techniques, and have the chance to brand items.

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!

Davidsonville Historic State Park

7953 Hwy 166 South

Pocahontas, AR  72455                                              

Phone:  (870) 892-4708

Cathy Drew is a life long resident of the region that she loves to promote! As a matter of fact, she was born in Downtown Batesville in the late ’60s in one of the eight counties she now loves to encourage people to visit.
Drew is married to her husband of 27 years, Jeff Drew. Jeff and Cathy have a son, Jonathon (Jon) Drew and his wife Devyn Stewart and can’t leave out her grandson Jase Drew. Of course Drew can’t skip the other part of her family, the pets! Lady Bird (a stray that was welcomed into their home June 2012) and of course Howard – the puppy was compliments of Lady Bird shortly after arrival at the Drew home. They also have Kasha which Cathy inherited when your mother passed in 2016 and they adopted Bullet a stray in November of 2016 and the newest arrival Bullet a stray adopted into the family.

Drew, part of Ozark Gateway Region since 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.) for the association where she helped produce their annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region June, 2000.