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Historic Washington State Park

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Address: U.S. 278, Washington, AR 71862
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+1 870-983-2684
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Interesting history - make sure to watch the blacksmith

We went here on a weekeday - almost no one else there, so we almost had it to ourselves. The staff were very friendly and helpful, in fact the only disadvantage was that not all... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here on a weekeday - almost no one else there, so we almost had it to ourselves. The staff were very friendly and helpful, in fact the only disadvantage was that not all exhibits were open. The highlights (as far as we were concerned) were the blacksmith shop (sited where John Black is reported to have made the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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381 reviews
181 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
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... More 

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Mills, Wyoming
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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... More 

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Scott, Arkansas
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48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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

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Porterville, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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 -

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Thank mammiepoppy
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

This place was very interesting. U walk around at ur own pace. The restaurant is very nice and not expensive. We would go back.

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Thank Jessica H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Picture a whole town that is a historical site, maybe not every building but a bunch of them. There are 2 restored court houses, a gun collection, nice old houses and basic log cabins, an inn (have lunch there), a very cool blacksmiths shop, old school. About half the locations have staff present for info and tours. There is easily... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

So much history here that is a vital part of how the US expanded. Guides were knowledgeable and were very hospitable. Check out their civil war re-enactments and holiday events that preserve the authenticity of years gone by.

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Conway, Arkansas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Do not miss this if you have the opportunity! Plan a day around this state park, we spent 5 hours here and could have spent more! The town of Washington has several buildings (houses and businesses) with character tour guides (dressed period appropriate) that tell you about the towns history. Some of the buildings are replicas, but they're all awesome!... More 

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