Old Washington Historic State Park

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Washington Arkansas

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Washington is a unique, historic Arkansas community conserved and interpreted by Arkansas State Parks in conjunction with the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation.  From its establishment in 1824, Washington was an important stop on the rugged Southwest Trail for pioneers traveling to Texas.  James Bowie, Sam Houston and Davy Crockett traveled through Washington.  James Black, a local blacksmith, is credited with creating the legendary Bowie Knife here.  Later, the town became a major service center for area planters, merchants and professionals.  Washington was the Confederate Capital of Arkansas from 1863-1865.

The state park, established in 1973, interprets Washington from 1824-1875.  The Tavern Inn serves as the park visitor center.  Visitors can see the 1836 Courthouse, Blacksmith Shop, Weapons Museum, several residences and other structures on self-guided tours.  Buildings are open for touring each day.  Lunch featuring delicious, Southern country fare is served daily in the 1832 Williams Tavern Restaurant.  

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Take Exit #30 off I-30 at Hope and travel
nine miles northwest on U.S. 278 to Washington.

Contact Information
P.O. Box 98,
Washington,  AR  71862
E-mail:  OldWashington@Arkansas.com

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