|"Just a Walk in the Park" Newsletter
Fun in the Forest
This is the title of an article published in the Washington Telegraph newspaper in 1856. Since it is currently hunting season, I thought it might be appropriate to look in on hunting past.
woods in this vicinity abound in game at this time. Hound and horn wake
the echoes every morning, and the hunter's halloo and the crack of his
gun are familiar sounds. Our Nimrods, young and old, have fine sport
among ducks and squirrels, rabbits and partridges, and almost everybody
takes a hand in the general slaughter of the denizens of the forest, now
going on around us. If any city gentleman wants to try his "stub and twist" let him hie to Hempstead county. He will find a fair field to
exercise his skill in [sic].
[Source: "Fun in the Forest" WT, 11-19-1856
Congratulations to Historic Washington
Region IV Park of the Year
Arkansas State Volunteer Park of the Year
Arkansas State Park Special Event of the Year
Historic Washington State Park employees and volunteers work to provide excellent programming and, in an awards ceremony, November 19, 2012, it became clear that the hard work had paid off. Historic Washington staff, volunteers, and members of the media met with Arkansas State Parks officials to receive three awards. Speeches were made by Brandon Owen, park superintendent, Greg Butts, Arkansas State Parks director, John Brown, Arkansas State Parks manager of operations
. They all complimented the park staff, volunteers, and community for cooperating and doing a great job. In addition for park staff, long time volunteers, Nancy Booker and Gay Mormon were present, as well as newer volunteers from the School of Hope, volunteer photographer Kerry Spears, and the Hart family. Two area radio stations sent interviewers to cover the event. After the awards, some tasty dishes were waiting and everyone enjoyed lunch.
and your family will be in awe of the natural beauty that our candlelit
streets provide as you stroll through our historic village. The homes
of yesteryear are adorned with pine cones, grapevines, magnolia, evergreens, ribbons and bows. Decorations, music, and more will set the mood for your
Daylight tours will be from 1-5 p.m.
tours begin at 5 p.m. when thousands of luminaries will be lit, and will
continue until 8 p.m.
Plan time in your schedule to visit Williams'
Tavern, offering a Christmas buffet from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
You may also
choose to enjoy a horse drawn surrey ride or shop in the gift shops for
that special holiday gift.
Schedule of Events for Christmas and Candlelight
CHRISTMAS AND CANDLELIGHT BUFFET MENU
Brought to you by the good people at Williams' Tavern Restaurant
CHICKEN & DRESSING
HAM STEAKS WITH ORANGE GLAZE AND PINEAPPLES
CANDIED YAMS W/MARSH & PECAN TOPPING
ITALIAN GREEN BEANS
CHOCOLATE PECAN EARTHQUAKE CAKE
Decorators Make Old Town Festive
Each building is sponsored and decorated for Christmas and Candlelight by wonderful volunteers. We would like to shout out a giant THANK YOU to each of these and hope you will take the time to let them know that you appreciate what they do. All decorations use live greenery and try to stay within the spirit of handmade ornaments.
Williams’ Tavern (Interior) – Vickie Barwick of Hope, Arkansas
Williams’ Tavern (Exterior) – Nevada County Master Gardners of Prescott, Arkansas
Royston Log House – The Family of Jeff and Ginger Russell of Hope, Arkansas
Purdom House – Old Columbus Herb Farm of Columbus, Arkansas
Corporate Sponsor – University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Foundation
Royston Town House – Pat Cleburne UDC Chapter of Hope, Arkansas
Crouch House – Nevada County Library and Nevada County Train Depot and Museum of Prescott, Arkansas
1836 Courthouse – Washington Blending Eras EHC, Old Washington Vintages Dancers, Old Washington Farmers’ Market
Sanders House and Kitchen -- Sponsored by First Bank of Hope, Arkansas and Decorated by Southwest Arkansas Arts Council
Morrison Tavern Inn and Kitchen – 4H Clover Buds of Washington, Arkansas
Would you like to make something nice for the kids and save money?
How about making game board blankets? These are fairly easy to make and you can choose from tic tac toe, or checkers, or hopscotch. Start a new family tradition with these adorable keepsakes.
Receipts and Recipes
Is there anything more old
fashioned sounding than Oatmeal for breakfast? Well, maybe pancakes, right? What if you can't make up your mind? How about a breakfast favorite of one of Arkansas' biggest
families, the Duggars? After all, they share many similarities with large pioneer families of old.
What kind of pancakes do the Duggars like? Oatmeal!
- 2 c. quick oats
- 1/2 t. baking soda
- 2 1/2 c. buttermilk
- 1 c. flour
- 2 t. baking powder
- 1 t. salt
- 1 T. sugar
- 1/3 c. salad oil
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Combine oats, soda, buttermilk. Let stand 5 min.
- In another bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, & sugar.
- Combine oat mixture, oil, & eggs.
- Add dry ingredients & stir till blended.
- Cook on lightly greased griddle or skillet.
*Yield 14-16 Pancakes.
*Substitute buttermilk for 2 1/2 cups milk or 2 1/4 cups milk and 2 tablespoons white vinegar or lemon juice.
*Add more or less salt based on personal preference.
*Use any kind of oil.
recipe is very tasty and healthy, too! At our breakfast table, everyone
likes a different topping. Some suggestions are yogurt, applesauce,
syrup, peanut butter, jelly and honey.
I found mention of the next receipt's fixings in the Washington newspaper in 1841.
We rarely find sweet potatoes as big as the ones Dr. Smith grew, but the ordinary sized ones are readily available in stores today.
"We received a few days since a present of three Sweet potatoes, from Dr. N. D. Smith, of this county. They were raised by him, and rather takes
the rag off any potato vines we have heard of. The largest measures 17
inches in length and 15 inches in circumference, and weighs 5 1/4
pounds. We intend having it served up with that odious looking, but
eatable varmint, called an Opossum.
O possum and potatoes!
Ye are delicious food,
And your squeamish-stomached haters
Don't know what is good.
[SOURCE: "[We received a few days...]" WT, November 10, 1841.]
Here is all you need to feed a family of 12.
Southern Possum Stew
1 Sweet potatoes
After hunting with a lantern in your hand all night, take the possum
you have bagged and break his neck by putting your foot on the
possum's head and pulling up on his tail. Use boiling water to scald
Brother Possum. In a large pan, dress the animal by pulling out those
hairs on him. When all is well done, cut Brother Possum into four
parts. Add salt and boil the meat until tender. Make your dumplings
and add them slowly to the boiling meat. After the possum has boiled
about an hour, put the parts into a baking dish. Peel sweet potatoes
and slice them thick. Place the slices in the pan around the pieces
of possum. Add onions if desired. Bake for 1 hour. This is a Sunday
dinner for 12 people with the dumplings.
Just Game Recipes is located at www.justgamerecipes.com
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