"Powhatan, Lawrence County, Arkansas" Powhatan by Stephen-KarenConn

Powhatan Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 39 photos

Powhatan, a tiny village of 50 people on the banks of the Black River, is one of the oldest towns in Arkansas. In the 19th century it was a busy river port. Today the town consists primarily of Powhatan Courthouse State Park, a church, and a few houses.

The area was occupied by Osage Indians until they were removed to a reservation in 1817. Settlers of European descent arrived shortly thereafter. A ferry was established across the Black River in 1820, and the first steamboat, the Laurel, arrived in 1829.

The town is named for Indian chief Powhatan, father of the Pocahontas. In the early 17th century, Powhatan's empire covered most of what is today the eastern part of the state of Virginia.

Powhatan is located in Lawrence County in the northeastern corner of Arkansas, on AR-25. The historic courthouse and other buildings preserved by the state park are very interesting and definitely worth a visit.

  • Last visit to Powhatan: Nov 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2007 at 4:15 AM

    Lovely page on Powhatan Stephen and what a wonderful idea to send your "beautiful wife" a post-card.

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2006 at 10:06 AM

    Really love your tips. Sounds like a fascinating trip...I may have to check out Powhatan myself...so if you send Karen postcards from spots where you go without her...go to Grand Cayman...send her a postcard from "Hell!"

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2006 at 9:34 AM

    A most interesting town. The history is so typical of once-prosperous towns. What an attractive courthouse! I really appreciate such comprehensive information. Great use of "hidden" photographs.

  • penumbra's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2006 at 6:28 PM

    Powhatan looks amazingly well preserved. The Courthouse and jail in particular look as good as they probably did when they were in use.

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