March 16-18: 50th annual Jonquil Festival, Washington
The town of Washington was an important 19th century stop for travelers along the Old Southwest Trail. Among those who paid a visit were Jim Bowie, Sam Houston, and Davy Crockett. It is believed many of the first settlers in Washington planted jonquils in their yards as they built along the trail. Today the jonquils that remain at old homesteads along the way mark portions of the route that are unrecognizable by any other landmarks. Jonquils have been in the area longer than anyone can remember and were common-place by the time the Civil War rolled around. Celebrate a tradition at Historic Washington State Park by heralding the arrival of spring in Southwest Arkansas by attending the annual Jonquil Festival. Thousands of jonquils welcome craftspeople, entertainers, and visitors to the town of Historic Washington. Unique crafts and delicious foods are just part of the attractions from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, then again from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Tours of the park, historic homes, and museums are available at regular price. Be sure and get some down-home cooking at Williams Tavern Restaurant.
CONTACT: 870-983-2684, www.HistoricWashingtonStatePark.com