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“BEST part of our trip!! An inexpensive, educational activity for families!”

Historic Washington State Park
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

Talk about a hidden gem!! This state park is extensive, covering several city blocks. It is a living history museum, which means the docents are dressed in period wear, and each structure has been preserved in its original state (furnishings included) from pre and post-Civil war eras. The history of this town is absolutely fascinating. It takes several hours to go through all of the buildings. There are several activities that are hands-on for children: candle making (1 free candle per person), looming, pumping water, etc. This is the site of the largest and oldest Magnolia tree in the state, and the permanent home of the original Bowie knife. There is something here for everyone, and at only $7 for adults and $5 for children, an affordable way to enjoy an afternoon.
HINT: not all structures are open every day. In order to see them all, we had to go one afternoon and see what was open, and then return the next day to catch the rest.
A special shout out to our guides: Mark, Jackie and Marge. They were absolutely incredible, and did a great job bringing the history to life!

3  Thank VanEsq12
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

In the many, many times I've visited Washington, Arkansas, I have never had a bad experience. One can wander about the area without being accosted by overbearing personnel or can sign up for a tour of the historic buildings. The Tavern is a fine place to eat; the food is good and the portions are generous. My favorite sights in the area are the Pioneer Cemetery and the magnificent magnolia tree that was planted in 1839.

2  Thank missinglynx1955
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

This is a true town with a state park in the middle. From the blacksmith shop, candle shop, old post office/new post office all is so interesting. There are different homes and buildings open each day. Tours are available. Great for all ages

2  Thank Linda G
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Was a fun day, especially enjoyed the armory, blacksmith and Ralston house. Everthing was well kept. All the volunteer 's were very knowledgeable and friendly.

2  Thank cmjea
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

The town is the history lesson - court houses, homes, gun museum, print shop, candle shop, black smith shop - can walk the town or drive your car or take a buggy ride. There is a fee if you want to go into buildings -

2  Thank mammiepoppy
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