Interesting Mix of Events Held at Historic Washington State Park

Historic Washington State Park in Washington
is home base to an interesting mix of workshops and events throughout the year. Here are
details on a few of the upcoming ones!


If you are
into the culinary arts, discover the methods and secrets of successful Dutch
oven cooking that early residents of Washington would have used Jan. 21 ( from
10-2 and cost is $25) during a Basic Dutch Oven Cooking workshop. On February 4
(from 10-2 and cost of $25), l
earn advanced recipes and skills for
outdoor cooking during Dutch Oven Cooking 2-Beyond the Basics. This half-day,
hands-on workshop is for folks who already understand the art of Dutch oven


If you
are into forging ( and who isn’t!) join park smiths at the James Black Forge,
home of the Bowie knife, for a hands-on class covering the basic operations of
blacksmithing from Feb. 11-12 during an Introduction to Forging Workshop.
Materials and tools are supplied. 
Cost is $50 and the workshop lasts from 9-5.

On Feb. 16 interpretive staff
provide a special experience for homeschool groups during Frontier Days for
. During the event ( which lasts from 9-4) students  experience  life as the 19th century pioneers would have
experienced it. Programming is designed to correlate with state curriculum
requirements. “
It turns into a great family day where parents and
grandparents of homeschool students come together in one location and
experience programs covering the pioneering of Southwest Arkansas, from gardening,
to harvest, animal care, clothing, printing, weapons, medicine, and more,” said
Patricia Thomas of Historic Washington State Park.
From February
, the frontier spirit continues during the Frontier Days at the Hill of
Five Trails
. During this event visitors can walk through a frontier encampment,
watch reenactors demonstrate tomahawk throwing and muzzleloading rifels. Learn
about survival skills used by Arkansas settlers and more. Admission to the camp
is free and tours of the park are available at regular price.
theatre fans, an evening performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream by the
American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Virginia is scheduled for Feb. 18
during Shakespeare in the Park. Performance begins at 7:30 with a pre-show
performance at 7  in the 1940 WPA
Gym. Two afternoon workshops are also provided covering topics of how to
perform Shakespeare on the modern stage. Workshop admission is $5 per person.


In 1973 Old Washington Historic State Park was created
and today the town is one of America’s premier historic villages. The town is
both a state park and town intermingled. The town is a National Register of Historic Places site
and an Arkansas State Park . The park was renamed
Historic Washington State Park in 2006 and includes over thirty carefully
restored historic structures that serve as a continuing legacy to life in the
town from 1824 to 1889. The town is home to the Southwest
Arkansas Regional Archives
and is around 10 miles from Hope and
about 40 miles from Crater of Diamonds State Park. For more information visit or call 870-983-2684.

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