Historic Washington State Park
Washington, Arkansas


From the town’s establishment in 1824, Washington was an important stop on the rugged Southwest Trail for pioneers traveling to Texas including James Bowie, Sam Houston, and Davy Crockett. Washington also served as the Confederate Capital of Arkansas from 1863-1865.

Historic Washington State Park features the 1836 Courthouse, Blacksmith Shop, Weapons Museum, and Williams' Tavern Restaurant, and is home to the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives and much more. You’ll see where James Black created the legendary Bowie knife and the town became a major service center for area planters, merchants, and professionals in Arkansas’s premier 19th century village.

See you in Historic Washington!
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