Batesville helped kill Davidsonville – Park interpreter: Beginnings of Arkansas statehood found in town

May 1, 2017

Davidsonville was Arkansas’ first planned town, but a state official hated the area. His move to Batesville would end up killing Davidsonville.

Davidsonville Historic State Park interpreter Geoff Havens wants people to remember the importance of the forgotten town, which today is yielding an insight into how people lived in Arkansas’ earliest days.

Havens was the guest speaker at a recent Rotary club meeting and noted that the park is just about an hour’s drive east of Batesville. The park sits on the remains of one of Arkansas’ first Anglo-American towns, acting as a doorway for the northeastern part of the state, west of the Black River, for the majority of its short existence.

“It’s an hour drive — a beautiful drive — come and see us someday.”

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