— Davidsonville Historic State Park —
Davidsonville was laid out with 48 lots around a public square, although only a few lots have been examined by archeologists so far. Lots held houses, businesses, and outbuildings, and archeologists know of at least 10 primary structures. By 1829, 90 families lived in or near Davidsonville, with probably close to that many houses.
Houses sat on large lots with garden and livestock areas, as well as multiple outbuildings, such as kitchens, smoke houses, privies, wells, barns, chicken houses, animal pens, cold frames, and wagon sheds. Lots functioned as miniature farmsteads to support the household.
While men led more public lives in business and politics, women's responsibilities usually focused on running the household and caring for children. Duties included cooking, cleaning, making and mending clothes, nursing the sick, and taking care of household gardens and livestock. Families with some wealth often owned or hired female slaves to handle many of these household tasks.
Life at home was not all work. Women also arranged social activities, such as hosting teas
The first houses at Davidsonville were probably one-room log houses similar to the Ficklin-Imboden Home at Powhatan Historic State Park 8 miles south on Arkansas Highway 25.
Erected by the State of Arkansas.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1829.
Location. 36° 9.24′ N, 91° 3.343′ W. Marker is near Black Rock, Arkansas, in Randolph County. Marker can be reached from Arkansas Route 166 0.6 miles south of Arkansas Route 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. First Postal Stop (within shouting distance of this marker); Private Residence / Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Decline and Abandonment (within shouting distance of this marker); Davidsonville's Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Oldest Town Site in Arkansas (within shouting
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 33 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 13, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.