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.
During Civil War Weekend, over 500 reenactors and park staff portray a town in the clutches of battle. One of the largest battle reenactments in southwest Arkansas takes place at 2 on Saturday and again at 1 on Sunday.
Included in Saturday’s schedule is a Civil War skirmish and cavalry drill. Opportunities to observe civilian, infantry, and cavalry encampments, tavern life, medicine shows and period fashion programs are available throughout the day.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children and cover all activities including the battle reenactment. There is no parking fee. Tickets are available at the 1874 courthouse or the candle shop.
The park will be open each day from 9-5 and Williams Tavern Restaurant will be open from 11-3.The park is located on US 278 nine miles north of Hope and can be reached by taking Exit 30 off Interstate 30.