Survival Skills and Shakespeare on Agenda of Upcoming Events at Historic Washington State Park

Some neat events are coming up at Historic Washington State
For starters, tomorrow (Feb 11-12) the park hosts an Intro to Forging Workshop. Folks can join park smiths at the James Black Forge, home of the Bowie knife, for a hands on class covering the basics of blacksmithing.  I’ve had the chance to watch some of the park blacksmiths in action ( Billy Nations) and its a very cool thing to see. Admission is $50 and the class is limited to six so it might be full already. However, it never hurts to check just in case they have an opening.


You can also walk through a frontier encampment and
learn about survival skills used by Arkansas settlers at “Frontier Days at
the Hill of Five Trails,” Feb. 18-19 at the park. Watch re-enactors
demonstrate tomahawk throwing, use of muzzleloading rifles and more. Admission
to the camp is free and tours of the park are available at regular price.


While there, you can enjoy an evening performance of Midsummer
Night’s Dream
by the American Shakespeare
Center ( of Staunton, Virginia) at Shakespeare in the Park Feb. 18 .The
performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-show performance at 7 p.m. 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. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.


Call 870-983-2684 or visit
for more information on either of the events.
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