This white oak (Quercus alba) was present when Samuel Green Davies purchased the cabin and land along with several acres along the north brow of Petit Jean Mountain in the 1930‟s. Samuel G. Davies, UAF civil engineer, was hired in 1932 by the National Park Service as the Project Superintendent for Arkansas‟s first state park, Petit Jean State Park while the CCC built the park in the mid-1930‟s and later became the first director of Arkansas Parks from 1937-1941 when the department began. The cabin has been used as a weekend retreat, wedding site & hunting cabin for the Davies family since the 1930‟s and several Davies family homes were later built on the adjacent property. Their neighbor was the 37th governor, Winthrop Rockefeller who also had a respect for the land.
In addition to Samuel G. Davies, his son, S. Ladd Davies worked on the CCC Survey crew at Petit Jean State Park for a couple of years and in 1934, helped supervise the building of the stone-arched Cedar Creek bridge, later named for him and his father as the designers. He was a UAF civil engineer and attended Harvard in sanitary engineering and worked worldwide. He later became the Director of the Ark. Dept. of Pollution Control and Ecology (now named the Ark. Dept of Environmental Quality) from 1962-1976. One of Ladd‟s sons, Richard W. Davies has worked within ADPT for years including as the Director of Ark. State Parks (1976-1990) and is the current Ark. Department of Parks & Tourism (ADPT) Executive Director for the since 1990. Another son of Ladd‟s, David G. Davies also worked in conservation as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Parks Department. He later served as the Executive Director at Garvan Woodlands Gardens (2002-2005) and was then the Executive Director of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on top of Petit Jean Mountain.
Clearly, there is a legacy of conservation in this family that has benefited our state from their respect for the environment starting at the family cabin. The oak is currently estimated over 80 years old and is registered in honor of the legacy of conservation promoted by the Davies family through several generations of service.
Location: Petit Jean Mountain, near Morrilton
Registration: February 13, 2009
Species: White Oak