In 2016 Anne Strahl, a descendant of one of the founding families in Batesville -- The Maxfields -- left a generous donation in the care of Main Street Batesville: land on which to build a new park in the downtown district, as well as a trust to ensure the maintenance of the park in perpetuity. The project has been spearheaded by her friend and neighbor, Danny Dozier, who has worked tirelessly to complete her dream to transform the vacant lot between Main and Polk Bayou.
Maxfield Park is being constructed in phases, as funds are raised for construction. A waterfall and feature art piece have been installed, and native stone recovered from the ruins of an old downtown building is being reused for walls and landscaping. The park's organic design blends seamlessly into its surrounding environment, and creates a natural connection between the downtown and Polk Bayou, an increasingly popular waterway for outdoor recreation.
Thank you to all who have donated to make this amazing space possible! ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS OF SPONSORS COMING SOON.
Up From the River
In 2016, the first-ever comprehensive history of Downtown Batesville was written as a project of Main Street Batesville. The book features extensive research and follows the founding, progress and setbacks of the district through the decades. Photos, researched and published in cooperation with The Old Independence Regional Museum, show historic buildings and businesses give rare glimpses into the town's fascinating past.
The work has been hugely popular and has already almost sold out of its first print. Copies available in the Main Street Batesville online store.