"Downtown Pocahontas was burned by Union forces in 1863 so all the buildings here were built after that," said historian Bill Carroll.
Most buidings in downtown are over one hundred years old and most of them are open for business. Bill Carroll, who knows a lot about the history of the area said he hopes the 17 blocks of downtown being named a Historic Commercial District will help area businesses.
"This goes with what the city was already trying to do in restoring the vitality of downtown which used to have a lot of jobs and produce a lot of sales tax," said Carroll.
"All the small businesses really need that kind of help because it's difficult to get any one kind of advertising that will support us completley," said downtown business owner Sue Rey.
Carroll said this designation offers validity to what business owners already know, downtown is the place to be.
"It means not only the honor of being in a National Historic District but it means increased business for them," said Carroll.
"I think this is going to be a really good thing for Pocahontas, the downtown merchants especially. We need all the help we can get," said Rey.
Rey also said having this distinction of being a large piece of history will also be something that visitors can find online. She hopes that will bring more people off the highway and into downtown.
A sign for the new district is on order and will soon be up for all to see.