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Explore Arkansas History at Historic Washington State Park

What was life like in 19th-century Arkansas? Visit Historic Washington State Park to see some of the most interesting historical places in Arkansas and learn how Arkansas pioneers lived more than a hundred years ago.

Take a tour through the historic town of Washington, Arkansas, and explore the many historic buildings and residences, and view museum-quality antiques and weapons.

Interpretive Guides offer a variety of programming throughout the park, from tours led by park staff to craft workshops and living history demonstrations by Arkansas pioneers. Structures open for tours vary each day depending upon the day's interpretive theme. Tour tickets can be purchased at the 1874 Hempstead County Courthouse that serves as the park visitor center. A gift shop is also located inside the courthouse.

Structures that are open for touring vary each day depending upon the day's interpretive theme. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open from 8 am to 5 pm. The Williams' Tavern Restaurant is open 11 am to 3 pm. Note: All tour sites closed between 12-12:30 pm.

1836 Hempstead County Courthouse

1836 Hempstead County Courthouse

The first historic structure in Arkansas to be restored with state funds in 1929, this courthouse was built for Hempstea...
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1874 Hempstead County Courthouse

1874 Hempstead County Courthouse

Begin your tour at Old Washington here! This grand, circa 1874 building was the county courthouse for Hempstead Cou...
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1914 Schoolhouse

1914 Schoolhouse

Built in 1914, this building served as the second public school building for the town of Washington. Today, it is a...
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B.W. Edwards Weapons Museum

B.W. Edwards Weapons Museum

This former bank houses a large weapons exhibit including matchlocks, flintlocks, muskets, rifles, shotguns, revolvers, ...
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Blacksmith Shop

Blacksmith Shop

Built by the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation in 1960, the blacksmith shop is an interpretative center with two...
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Block-Catts House

Block-Catts House

Built by Abraham Block in 1832, this house is one of the few Federal-style structures remaining in southwest Arkans...
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Brunson House

Brunson House

This home was built around 1860 by Dr. Robert A. Brunson of Columbus, Arkansas. Before its relocation here, the home was...
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Candle Shop

Candle Shop

Learn about 19th century lighting and dip your own souvenir candle. Tour tickets, snacks, a gift shop, and pa...
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Collections Management Facility and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives

Collections Management Facility and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives

This building houses the museum collections of Historic Washington State Park and also the Southwest Arkansas Regiona...

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Crouch House

Crouch House

This Greek Revival home was constructed by Augustus Crouch on the southwestern edge of the town of Washington. It was mo...
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