Civil War Weekend in Washington

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During Civil War Weekend,
Nov. 6-7, in Washington at Historic Washington State Park, reenactors from
across the region present living history demonstrations, including combat
scenarios. They will interpret the social and political issues leading up to
the struggle as well as the last two years (1863-1865) when Washington was the
Confederate Capital of Arkansas.
 
Washington ( Arkansas) was
a hotbed of Southern sympathizers and a major center of commerce in southwest
Arkansas during the Civil War. Notable generals and lawmakers came from
Washington, and the town’s 1836 courthouse served as the Confederate capitol of
the state in the last years of the Civil War. A National Historic Landmark and
National Register of Historic Places site, the town of Washington today is one
of America’s premier 19th-century restoration towns.
 
Historic Washington, which
is home to 45 historic structures, stands out among historic villages of
Arkansas due to its classic examples of Southern Greek Revival, Federal, Gothic
Revival, and Italianate architecture stand as a legacy to life in Washington
from 1824 to 1889. From its establishment in 1824, Washington was an important
stop on the rugged Southwest Trail to Mexico, and later, Texas. James Bowie,
Sam Houston and Davy Crockett each traveled through Washington at various
times. Stroll the plank boardwalks along streets that have never been paved,
and explore this tree-shaded historic town many call “the Colonial
Williamsburg of the Southwest.” Contact the park for a detailed program
schedule or visit here
 
Speaking of the Civil War, The Arkansas Civil War
Sesquicentennial Commission commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War
in Arkansas by encouraging research and education programs and preserving the sites that witnessed the Civil
War here. The Civil War Sesquicentennial will be celebrated between 2011
and 2015. Here is a link to their website to find out more: www.arkansascivilwar150.com/

 

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