Anyone with school-age kids already knows that Arkansas’s Spring Break is coming up fast, March 24-28. Arkansas State Parks are open for business and ready for guests who want safe, outdoor, family-friendly places to play and make memories.

Powhatan Historic State Park would like to invite the public to visit over Spring Break. You can visit the 1888 Courthouse museum, take a guided tour, picnic under the shade of native Arkansas trees, fish along the banks of the Black River, or find one of the park’s geocaches. In addition, the park has planned a FREE activity for each day of spring break.

Tuesday, March 25, 2:00 pm
Outhouses: Oh, the Places We Go!
Throughout history, all humans have had to eliminate their bodily wastes, but where did people “go” before we had comfortable toilets and indoor plumbing? Join a park interpreter to discover how people “went” in the era of outhouses, chamber pots, and the Sears & Roebuck catalog!

Wednesday, March 26, 2:00 pm
Ballroom Blitz
Long before Dancing with the Stars, ballroom dancing was a common social activity. In this whirlwind program, you’ll get a quick lesson in ballroom etiquette, then learn and perform one of the most popular dances of the era, the Virginia Reel.

Thursday, March 27, 2:00 pm
History Detectives
Join a park interpreter to investigate real artifacts from our collection. You’ll discover the lives of people who lived long ago simply by using your powers of observation. This is a great program for developing critical thinking skills and promoting enjoyment of museums.

Friday, March 28, 2:00 pm
Black River Transportation
The highway system of the 19th century was the river and the vehicle was the boat. Small and large—pirogue, bateau, flat boat, keel boat, and steamboat—all played a role in peopling the frontier. Join a park interpreter for a leisurely walk along the Black River and leave with a greater understanding of the difficulties of 19th century travel.

Saturday, March 29, 2:00 pm
Mock Trial: George Kell
Join park staff to explore the justice system by reenacting a trial that took place in our 1888 courtroom. George Kell was accused of dynamiting fish, and it is your job to determine whether he is guilty. Come participate in this exciting courtroom drama, appropriate for all ages!

For more information, you can visit, call the park at (870) 878-6764, or email