Abraham Block Pecan is located on the grounds of the historic Block-Catts house site, Washington, Hempstead County. Abraham Block was a prominent merchant in Washington and Abraham (1780-1857) & Frances Block (1796-1871) were the first permanent Jewish settlers in Arkansas. Mr. Block came to Washington in 1823 and began to build his family‟s house which was a Federal “I-style” house with an entrance hall and a room on either side which is repeated upstairs. The Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation gave the Block house to Arkansas State Parks. The name “Catts” was added to the name of the property in honor of Erwin Catts who donated the house and grounds to the foundation in 1958.
This pecan tree dates back to the early days of this historic town and is located next to the original house that Abraham Block built (completed, c. 1828). This tree could date back to the time of building his house (customary in the town) or could predate the house. Abraham & Fanny Block met and were married in Richmond, VA. Abraham Block served in the War of 1812 and was referred to as “Captain” Block. Abraham Block heard from his cousin in St. Louis, Eliezer Block about the booming trade with Mexico and trade on the Southwest Trail, south of St. Louis and the town of Washington was the epicenter of this trade. He left his pregnant wife & 6+ children behind to move to Washington & get established. His family moved there after he finished the home in Washington in 1828.
Location: Historic Washington State Park
Registration: February 7, 2011