The Black River was the most important resource to the people of Powhatan. Rivers played an important part in settlement all across Arkansas as well. The second day of our Spring Break programming will feature Arkansas's numerous rivers and their roles in settling Arkansas. We'll discuss river ecology, past and present, and what we can do to help preserve our historic waterways today. (10-11 a.m.)
In the afternoon, (1-2 p.m.), join the park interpreter for an in-depth look at the technology that enabled settlers to reach Powhatan and other points across the state. The steam engine and steamboats revolutionized the world and led to rapid development. Get a chance to see how a steam engine operates, as well learn about the many different kinds of boats that went up and down the Black River in its heyday.