Historic Washington State Park Hosts Interesting Workshops This Weekend

This weekend, Historic
Washington State Park in Washington is offering an interesting mix of
workshops. From 10-5 on Saturday (Oct. 16) there will be a Harness and Driving
. The course covers the basics of safe harnessing and driving mule
teams. This  opportunity introduces participants to the basics of wagon and carriage
transportation. Registration is required and class materials are provided.  As to requirements, admission is $50,
the minimum age is 16 (accompanied by an adult) and the class is limited to


Saturday and Sunday ( Oct. 16-17) from 9-5 p.m. park smiths at the James Black Forge,
home of the Bowie knife, teach a hands-on class covering the basics of blacksmithing during the Introduction to Forging Workshop. Materials and tools are supplied.  The cost is $50 and the minimum age to sign up is 16 (accompanied by an adult). The class is limited to six.

While at the park, you can check out historic
buildings like the 1836 Hempstead County Courthouse that served as the
Confederate Seat of Government in Arkansas from 1863-1865. Other notable
buildings on site include the Block-Catts House. Built between 1827 and 1832,
the house is a  Federal
“I” Style building that served as the home of Arkansas’s first Jewish
settler, Abraham Block. The house is also the oldest two-story, wooden-framed
building standing in the state. The Blacksmith Shop, a re-creation of a
frontier Blacksmith Shop. Constructed in 1960,  preserves the legacy of Bowie Knife. It also contains two
working forges dedicated to preserving the traditions of Blacksmithing.  The Crouch House, constructed in 1856,
contains exhibits that showcase the workmanship, tools, and construction
techniques that produced many of the historic buildings in Washington. On
selected days, carriage rides are  also offered in the park so that you can tour the park from a
horse-drawn carriage.

For more details on both workshops, call 870-983-2684
or check out www.historicwashingtonstatepark.com.


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