Historic Washington State Park

A news release about an upcoming history symposium at Historic Washington State Park has been sent our way. Below are the details from it in case you might want to attend. “The Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, the Arkansas Genealogical Society, and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives Foundation, Inc., are hosting their annual history …
One of Arkansas’s most famous blacksmiths, James Black, is credited with forging one of the original Bowie knives for James “Jim” Bowie in the early 1830s in Washington, Arkansas. One of the many structures visitors can tour in town at Historic Washington State Park is the Blacksmith Shop, an interpretation center with working forges that …
Looking for a few holiday ideas this month? Below are a few suggestions to keep you in the holiday spirit throughout December. 1. See the lights at Garvan If you enjoy lights, a destination to include in your holiday plans is Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. The exhibit, which is open …
If you like mysteries, the place to be this Saturday, Oct. 18, is Historic Washington State Park. From 9-12 at the 1914 Schoolhouse, the park will be the scene of  Murder, Mayhem and Lies: Investigating Some of Arkansas’s Historical Cold Cases.  This symposium is a project of the Arkansas History Commission and the Southwest Regional …
It is no secret that fall is a special time in Arkansas. The season is filled with camping, biking, live music, fall color, farm tours,  festivals… the list can go on and on. In light of this, we decided to share Ten Reasons to Visit Southwest Arkansas in the Fall. Enjoy! 1. The Talimena in …
In the below video Billy Nations, Supervisor of Interpretive Programs at Historic Washington State Park talks with us about the James Black Shop where the first Bowie knife was made!   One of the many structures folks can tour when they visit is the blacksmith shop. Built by the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation in 1960, …
This Saturday (Dec. 14) is a chance to enjoy the holidays in a historic setting during the 27th annual Christmas and Candlelight program at Historic Washington State Park in Washington. Last week’s program got cancelled due to the ice storm that passed through the state so this will be the first and only presentation of …