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Historic Washington State Park

U.S. 278, Washington, AR 71862, USA

Historic Washington State Park offers insight into a 19th century community and builds understanding of the people, times, and events of the Territorial, Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras in Arkansas history. This was the state capitol from 1863 to 1865 and a cultural, economic, and political center, especially after Little Rock was taken by the Union army in 1863. The site is on the Southwest Trail. Interpreted by guides in period attire, a collection of the park's thirty historical structures and homes are open for tours according to the theme of the day.


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From I-30 take exit 30. Go north on Highway 278 for 8 miles. Historic Washington State Park is located east and west of Highway 278. Information desk is located in the 1874 Court House, which is just off Highway 278.

Visitor Services

Restaurant, tours, facilities available for rent.

Regular Events

See website for full listing of events.

Available Interpretation

Interpretive guides

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Admission Fee

Washington Museum Experience (includes a tour of every open facility): adults $8.00, children (6-12) $4.00; other packages available, see website.


Daily: 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.



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