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Powhatan Historic State Park

31 South 2nd Street

Throughout the 1800s, this busy port on the Black River was one of the chief shipping and distribution points for northern Arkansas. In 1888, high on a hill overlooking the busy riverfront, an Italianate-style courthouse was built from bricks made on site. Dramatically, the courthouse was placed high atop the first rocky ridge at the eastern edge of the Ozarks. The two-story courthouse was erected on the foundation of the original courthouse, completed in 1873, that burned in 1885. Restored in 1970 to the architect's original plans, the Victorian courthouse is this state park's dominant feature.


Scarlett Callen

Friday, June 29, 2018
I love this place. It's beautiful. We are having our wedding there. Everyone should stop in if they have a chance.

Charles Ruberson

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
Low-key historic site. No one particularly famous or notorious is from here. However, that allows the student of history the opportunity to explore 19th century life in northeast Arkansas. The courthouse from the town's time as the county seat is well preserved and has numerous interpretative displays on 19th century life. The schoolhouse is also well preserved, displaying interesting contemporary materials. The church is still used but shows how a structure gets modified as time goes forward. The county jail is mostly intact, with one of the wrought-iron cells from its functional days displayed, The log cabin was occupied until the 1960s and displays contemporary household items. The commercial building needs more interpretation. Presumably this is in the site's future plans. The site hosts several special events each year, which are well-received by nearby communities.

Annette Burfield

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018
Went to a wedding there. Beautiful. A lot of history

Brenda Beall

Saturday, March 31, 2018
A great place to visit if you love history!

John Ivy

Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017
Awesome little park. Great for family, allot of history . Arkansas first everything. Check it out

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