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Washington to mark bicentennial

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1874 Courthouse at Historic Washington State Park

WASHINGTON – Historic Washington State Park will open a new free exhibit entitled “Washington, Arkansas: Celebrating 200 Years” on Saturday, June 22, and will run until Dec. 31. The exhibit will be in the park’s 1874 Visitor Information Center, 100 SW Morrison St., Washington. 

The town of Washington was established in 1824 when Arkansas was still a territory. Located on the Southwest Trail that connected St. Louis to Texas, it witnessed many people of all backgrounds go through its borders or make the town their home. 

Washington was the Civil War capital of Arkansas from 1863-65.

In the 20th century, the historic village used heritage tourism and historic preservation to help continue the town for future residents. 

Artifacts and information about the history of Washington during a period of 200 years will be on display as part of the exhibit. 

Historic Washington State Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Mondays. 

The park is a restoration village interpreting the historic Arkansas town in the 19th century. 

Daily tours are provided to more than 15 historic sites and museums, such as the B.W. Edwards Weapons Museum and Blacksmith Shop. To learn more, visit HistoricWashingtonStatePark.com or call 870-983-2684.