Batesville, City of Hospitality, is located on the white river and has a population of over 9 000. Batesville has natural resources such as water, minerals and timber.
In early days, Batesville was an important port on the White River and served as an entry point to the interior of northern Arkansas. Batesville became the county seat in 1821. On 25 September 1836, shortly after Arkansas was granted its statehood, Governor Conway incorporated Batesville Academy, the state's first academy.
Batesville currently has only one high school within the city limits, Batesville High School. Also, Batesville is the home of Lyon College, a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and noted for the annual Arkansas Scottish Festival each spring. In addition, the city is home to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB), and NASCAR driver Mark Martin. It contains three National Register Historic Districts and many properties separately listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was listed in Norman Crampton's book The 100 Best Small Towns in America.