Civil War Weekend Coming to Historic Washington S.P.

Zoie Clift
In the spring of 1864, the Civil War
became very personal to the people of southern Arkansas as the battles of war
went from being in the distance to being fought in front yards. Vivid
reenactments of such days will be presented during Historic Washington State
Park’s upcomcing Civil War Weekend November 7-8. 
Included in the schedule
will be a Civil War skirmish and cavalry drill. Opportunities to observe
civilian, infantry and cavalry encampments, tavern life, medicine shows and
period fashion programs will be available throughout the day.  One of the
largest battle reenactments in Southwest Arkansas will take place at 2 p.m. on
Saturday and again at 1 p.m. on Sunday as hundreds of reenactors meet on the
battlefield of Washington. I’m planning to check out the battle on Saturday (my
first time to see a battle reenactment) so I’ll see you on the battlefield if
you’re there!Tickets are $8 for adults
and $4 for children. The park will be open each day from 9-5 p.m. Visitors can
get a map and schedule for the day at the 1874 courthouse. 
Historic Washington State
Park preserves one of Arkansas’s most prominent 19th Century towns
and is located on US 278 nine miles north of Hope. For more information visit

or call 870-983-2684. 

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