Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas

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Davidsonville Historic State Park is a 163acre Arkansas state park in Randolph County, Arkansas in the United States. Situated on a border between The Ozarks and the Arkansas Delta, the park preserves the remains of the abandoned frontier town of Davidsonville. The town was one of Arkansaw Territory's first settlements when founded in 1815, serving as an important river port town on the Black River. The former townsite was made into a state park in 1957 and a monument was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.HistoryDavidsonvilleThere is evidence that the site was occupied by French colonists prior to the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Archeologists have discovered evidence of Native American use of the site as early as 4,000 BC. The 1822 courthouse was apparently built on top of an Indian mound which was built before 1,100 AD.Davidsonville was founded in 1815 and rapidly became the most important town in northeast Arkansaw Territory, but was abandoned by the 1830s. The community served as a river port town on the west bank of the Black River, near the confluence of the Spring River and Eleven Point River with the Black River. The town was on important stop on the Southwest Trail and featured several important frontier establishments. In 1817 the first post office of Arkansas Territory opened in the town, followed in 1820 by the first federal land office of the territory. In 1822, the first courthouse of Arkansas Territory was built in Davidsonville. The town became the county seat of Lawrence County, which at the time comprised roughly the northern third of Arkansas.
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  • Old Davidsonville is always a good place to visit. It has plenty of "civilized" (electrical hook-ups, water, and sewage disposal) sites but they also have a lot to see, especially if you are a history...  more »
  • We took 34 middle schoolers for a History Club trip. Ranger Jeff provided an educational and fun hands-on experience. All of the staff were friendly and accommodating. The facilities and grounds are i...  more »
  • The staff has done a great job preserving history through recreating the flat bottom boat that you can walk onto to see what life would be like on the river to the artifacts that were recovered during...  more »
  • Extremely nice! The sites are new, full hook-ups, paved, some pull-thrus, and long enough for most rigs. There's a new visitors center with exhibits about historic Davidsonville containing interesting artifacts from the site. The site itself has a paved walking trail with interpretive panels. Trails from a half mile to over a mile are easy to moderate. (My dad can walk them with 2 artificial knees.) The staff are friendly & very knowledgeable. It's a small park with something for most people. I found nothing to report on the down side.
  • I have loved this park since I was a kid. They host small events throughout most of the year. Always family friendly. Grounds are always clean, with campsites, trails, grills, 2 playgrounds, multiple pavilions, a small lake and dock for fishing, a boat ramp for spring river access, and a favorite historical site of the town of Old Davidsonville. Very interesting history, and a great place to walk around and discover. Crowd size is usually pretty small giving it a quiet and serene environment. Great place for the family.
  • I love this park take my kids out there all the time they can run around and use up all the energy little kids seem to have stored up all the and the historical value of the park teaches them more about our great state
  • Clean and beautiful. Very well kept and the staff was super nice! A bit tight for our 42' RV towing a jeep but it did feel like we were in nature which was awesome!
  • Great stop....we loved learning all the history of the area... great park ranger
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