Historic Washington State Park, Washington

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Historic Washington State Park (formerly Old Washington Historic State Park) is a 101-acre (41 ha) Arkansas state park in Hemsptead County, Arkansas in the United States. The museum village contains a collection of pioneer artifacts from the town of Washington, Arkansas, which is a former pioneer settlement along the Southwest Trail. Walking interpretive tours are available throughout the 54 buildings. Washington served as a major trading point along the Southwest Trail, evolving into the Hempstead county seat and later the capital of Arkansas from 1863 to 1865 when Little Rock was threatened during the Civil War. The original plat of Washington was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 as the Washington Historic District.
During the 1820s and 1830s, Washington was a stopover for travelers going to Texas. It was originally the county seat of Hempstead County until a new courthouse was completed in Hope, which was designated the seat of government in 1939. The park emphasizes regional 19th century history from 1824 to 1889. It is located in southwestern Arkansas east of Texarkana and near the entrance to Interstate 30.

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  • We drove through here on our way to the Coulter Farmstead. At first we didn't realize it was actually a historic town until we got out and walked around. This is certainly a hidden gem that should be....  more
    We drove through here on our way to the Coulter Farmstead. At first we didn't realize it was actually a historic town until we got out and walked around. This is certainly a hidden gem that should be....  more »
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  • It is a beautiful state park but unfortunately the way that they allow you to see inside the houses is a little disappointing. They have different tours that you can go on at different times during the day Each tour has 3 places that you get to visit and go inside. It is worth seeing if you are in the area. There is a lot to see without going on a tour.
  • Very cool place if you like history. We have traveled all over the USA and seen thousands of cemeteries but this one had something we've never seen. 3 revolutionary War Graves. The blacksmith was awsome and taught us some new tricks to making things out of steel.

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