Step back in time to the Victorian Era when you visit the old river port town of Pocahontas, Randolph County’s seat of government and largest town—first settled in 1807.
The downtown district on a bluff above the Black River contains one of Arkansas’s finest collections of late 1800s and early 1900s buildings.
From the Victorian Italianate 1873 Courthouse located in the center of the Old Court Square to the art-deco style ‘new’ Courthouse that dominates Veteran’s Square with its superb Veterans Memorial, visitors will feel they’ve returned to the era of steamboats and wagon team transportation.
Be sure to visit the Randolph County Heritage Museum on the north side of the Old Court Square.
The historic downtown district offers excellent and unique shopping experiences from the shops of the Downtown Art Association and the Weaver’s Guild among others.
Handmade art jewelry, hand thrown pottery, quilts and other handcrafted items, retro-furniture, gifts, and sewing arts shops abound along with flea markets and a Friday evening auction house.
Also to be found are a downtown woolen mill specializing in fine woolen yarns of all kinds along with handcrafted items, the Randolph Music Theatre with shows every weekend, the state’s oldest barber shop (1883) and oldest pharmacy (from 1874) with an old time soda fountain inside.
Wander away from downtown and enjoy features including the Eddie Mae Herron Center—a museum of African-American history and culture that features quilting demonstrations several days a week and the Imperial Dinner Theatre offering first quality entertainment and dinning.
Your tour of the town will pass many historic homes and lovely old churches. Pocahontas also boasts three scenic city parks including Overlook Park in the old port area along the river below the downtown district featuring the Century Wall and the Civil War Memorial River Walk along with a paved walking trail and a charming view of the Black River. Riverfront Park offers camper and RV accommodations along with boat launching facilities.