Davidsonville Historic State Park Upcoming April and May Events You Can’t Miss!!

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Davidsonville Historic State Park Upcoming April and May Events You Can’t Miss!!


Hands on History-Letter Writing Edition, April 22nd, 2017

1:00 p.m. to 3:00p.m.

Step back in time and visit Davidsonville Historic State Park for a learning experience you can get your hands on. Come visit the site of the first post office in the territory and meet Postmaster (and Park Interpreter Geoffrey). The postmaster will give you all the know-how and supplies needed to write with a quill pen and ink, and send you on your way with a letter ready to deliver to friends, family, or anyone else you choose.

Meeting Location: Post Office Ghost Structure

(Rain Site: Visitor Center Porch)

Hands on History-Rope Making Edition, April 23rd, 2017

1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Step back in time and visit Davidsonville Historic State Park for a learning experience you can get your hands on. Stop by the visitor center and learn all about the process of rope making from Park Interpreter Geoffrey and try the process yourself. Learn how homemade was more common than store bought, and take a piece of rope home as a collector’s item.

Meeting Location: Visitor Center

This awesome young man will make your day!!

Wilderness Explorers Hike, April 29th, 2017

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Like adventure? Then come to the park and get lost with Park Interpreter Geoffrey while exploring Davidsonville’s wilder side. This hike will take participants off trail and into the woods to gain a better understanding of how the Black River influences the world around it. Dress for the weather and wear good shoes.

Meeting Place: Visitor Center

Mother’s Day Weekend Dutch Oven Brunch

10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$13.00 per person

Skip the restaurant and treat your mom and the rest of the family to a unique Mother’s Day Meal by taking her to a cast iron dutch oven breakfast. Participants will learn how to use and care for Dutch ovens and help cook delicious breakfast foods. The workshop is suitable for all levels of skill whether you are a beginner or have been cooking with dutch ovens for years. Must be 8 years or older. Space is limited and early registration is required. Contact the park to register.

Memorial Day Programs 

Come celebrate the holiday weekend at Davidsonville with any of the following programs. For more information on events, or to sign up for the Dutch Oven Desserts, call the park at 870-892-4708.

  • Friday the 26th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Dutch Oven Desserts Demonstration*
  • Saturday the 27th, 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Hands on History-Letter Writing
  • Saturday the 27th, 7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m. Owl Prowl and Night Hike
  • Sunday the 28th, 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Black Powder Demonstration


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Ginger Smith joined OGTC a couple of years ago 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, and says they are her greatest joys on earth. 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.