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Near Black Rock in Randolph County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Commerce and Business

 

— Davidsonville Historic State Park —

 
Commerce and Business Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 3, 2021
1. Commerce and Business Marker
Inscription.  
Businesses at Home
Davidsonville's shops and businesses often shared the same building as the family house. For example, Jacob Garrett's public house on Lots 34-35 was part of his residence, and John Miller ran a store out of his home on Lot 23.

Working out of the home, a business might be conducted in a front or first- floor room, with the family living in back or above the shop. The entire - family often assisted with the business, such as wive's cooking meals at an inn or children waiting on customers in a shop.

A Range of Enterprises
As both a river port and a county seat, Davidsonville supported many kinds of businesses. A cotton gin owned by Joseph Hardin and Robert Smith stood on Lots 4-5. A blacksmith shop was located on Lot 23. Lawyers and doctors would have been represented among the residents as well.

These businesses are mentioned in early records:
Warehouses by the river
Distilleries
Boat-building shop
Hotel
• Public house (tavern)
• Livery stable/Blacksmith shop
• Tanner
• Jewelry store
• General merchandise

View from marker towards the old Courthouse "ghost" structure. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 3, 2021
2. View from marker towards the old Courthouse "ghost" structure.
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stores

[Photo captions]:
Blacksmithing skills are demonstrated at Historic Washington State Park, on the Southwest Trail, located on U.S. Hwy 278 in southwest Arkansas.
A wide variety of goods were offered in general stores. (Photo by: Joan L. Gould, Hart's Square, Hickory, North Carolina.)

 
Erected by the State of Arkansas.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places.
 
Location. 36° 9.248′ N, 91° 3.414′ W. Marker is near Black Rock, Arkansas, in Randolph County. Marker can be reached from Arkansas Route 166 0.6 miles south of Highway 361 when traveling south. Located 11 miles south of Pocahontas and within the Davidsonville Historic State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8047 Hwy 166 S, Pocahontas AR 72455, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Transportation (within shouting distance of this marker); County Seat Town (within shouting distance of this marker); Oldest Town Site in Arkansas (within shouting distance of this marker); Davidsonville's Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouse Square (within shouting distance of this marker); County Jail (about 300 feet away, measured

Map showing Public Square and park trails. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 12, 2021
3. Map showing Public Square and park trails.
in a direct line); Public House (about 300 feet away); House Lots (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Black Rock.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 13, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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May. 13, 2021