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Powhatan is a town in Lawrence County, Arkansas, United States, along the Black River. The population was 50 at the 2000 census.GeographyPowhatan is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 km², all land.TransportationThe main highway serving Powhatan is Arkansas Highway 25 (AR 25). The route continues northeast from Powhatan to Black Rock and southeast to Batesville. Highway 117S, a short spur route of Highway 117 runs into Powhatan and terminates at AR 25. Access to US Route 62/US Route 63/US Route 412 (US 62/US 63/US 412), a concurrency of major east-west routes, is available in Black Rock.HistoryThe community was the economic hub of Lawrence County even before first platting in 1849. Situated on the Black River, the community took advantage of river traffic both along the river and as a ferry point for crossing the river. The Military Road passed nearby in the 1830s, and the local economy was flourishing. The Civil War shut down commerce on the river, especially after the Union acquired Arkansas. Skirmishes throughout the region caused havoc for residents, but a slow recovery began to take place following the war. County government was relocated to Powhatan from Clover Bend, a decision greatly helping Powhatan recover.Make your own Powhatan vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our United States sightseeing planner.
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