POWHATAN — Ghostwalks, scheduled for October 16, 2021, at Powhatan Historic State Park, has been revamped this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

Park Interpreter Geoffrey Havens noted: “The event typically sees between 400 and 800 attendees each year who crowd into small historic structures to hear our storytellers spin spooky folk tales from Powhatan’s history. To put the safety of our guests and staff first, we’re putting a socially distant ‘twist’ on the event.”

Instead of the usual storytelling event, Powhatan will host a limited number of reservations-only, lantern-lit townsite tours at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on October 16. Powhatan’s spooky past will still be well represented on the guided walk, with participants experiencing things such as being locked up in the jail.

To reserve a spot for this event, call the park at 870-878-6765 or email at powhatan@arkansas.com. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.

Established in 1970, Powhatan Historic State Park protects six historic structures along the Black River in Northeast Arkansas that were an important 19th century center of commerce and county seat. The buildings, geography, and artifacts that the park preserves help visitors bridge the past to the present.

Highlights of this day-use park include the six historic structures, all in their original locations, a visitor center in the 1888 Courthouse with exhibits about the park’s historic resources, and easy access to the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archive for those interested in historic research. Interpretive tours, programs, and workshops are offered throughout the year. The park also has a boat ramp for access to the Black River.

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