General [Andrew Jackson] Hamilton, military governor of Texas, has returned from New
Orleans, and arrived in Washington.--He sees no prospect of his
government going into operation at present. Quite a number of Union
refugees from Texas came North with him. So says the Chicago Journal on
Texas came to Call
Source:"[General Hamilton...]" WT, March 11, 1863.
Did you join us for the Jonquil Festival?
March 15, 16, and 17 saw record breaking crowds at the Jonquil Festival in Historic Washington State Park. We have an online album so that you can relive the great times and look for yourself and your friends.
Pick Your Program
This Saturday, we have an awesome line up of programs available. Bring your family and friends and everyone can do their own thing all at the same place. We have a gardening workshop, a hat-making workshop, and a cemetery tombstone cleaning workshop on Saturday morning. The afternoon has our fun filled tours and surrey rides available after lunch. You can end the evening with a very special tour and dinner in celebration of Archeology Month that takes you behind the scenes of restoration with an archaeologist.
Hands-on Hat Decorating, 19th Century Style
March 23, 2013
Morrison Tavern Kitchen
10 a.m. - 3 p.m
Join the staff of Historic Washington State Park for a day of creative hat decorating just in time for Easter. Take a look at hats from the 19th century, then use techniques, trims, and handmade flowers from the time period to try your hand at turning a simple straw hat into your very own 19th century stylish creation. The workshop is designed toward adult participants but children eight years old and up are welcome as long as registered and accompanied by an adult participant. Workshop is limited to a maximum of 15 and minimum of 4 participants. Registration is required.
Admission: $25 Call to reserve your spot: 870-983-2684.
Heritage Gardening in the Spring
10 am - 2 pm
Join our park gardener for hands-on instruction in historical gardening. It may still seem cold, but planning needs to take place now to start a successful summer garden. Soil preparation and heirloom varieties, as well as different methods will be discussed. The gardens of Historic Washington will be your classroom. Space is limited and reservations required.
Admission: $10 Reserve your place by calling Ph: 870-983-2684
Gravestone Cleaning Workshop
9 am - Noon
Saturday March 23, 2013
Join the Park Historian to learn safe cleaning practices on gravestones in the Pioneer Cemetery. Targeted stones will be preservation quality cleaned by staff and volunteers. All supplies and training will be provided. Join us to make a difference and learn techniques to use in your own gravestone cleaning and preservation. For more information call 870-983-2862. Cancels if inclement weather
“Celebrate the Archeology of Washington”
Join Historic Washington State Park for dinner, a tour and presentation of the “Archeology of Washington” . On Saturday March 23rd
from 5:00 PM to 8:00PM meet at Williams Tavern restaurant to begin the
tour. You will visit pre-Civil War sites and hear how archeology
informed the reconstruction of portions of the town. Dr. Jamie Brandon,
Survey-SAU archeologist, will be the guest speaker. Dinner and
presentation will follow the tour. Cost : $25.00 includes dinner, tour
and presentation. Call to reserve your spot today! 870-983-2684.
Williams' Tavern Restaurant
Friday: 22 Farm Raised Catfish w/ choice of two sides- $6.99
Saturday: 23 Hamburger Steak w/ Corn & Creamed Potatoes $6.99
Sunday 24 Smoked Sausage & Sauerkraut w/ Green Beans & Black-eyed Peas $6.99
Receipt and Recipe
The tavern is serving Shepherd's Pie today and I looked into the history and variations of this historical dish. American Shepherd's Pie is usually made with beef. The true Shepherd's Pie is a meal made by sheep herders and used mutton. It is traditionally called Cottage Pie. There are many variations and they all sound good enough to try. To see more recipes, check out our Pinterest board by clicking the heading above.
This mildly eclectic recipe
calls on baked beans (US Boston beans) and curry powder to liven up this
traditional English dish. Omit the beans and curry powder if you want authenticity.
It is not uncommon to mix
cheese into the mashed potato.
a chopped onion, add 1 pound minced (ground) lamb or, even better, mutton,
fry until brown, stir in a spoonful of cornflour, add some chopped garlic,
add a tin (420g or 15 oz can) of baked beans (haricot, navy beans in tomato
sauce) large spoonful of Worcestershire sauce, spoonful of mild curry powder
(this will contain turmeric, chilli, coriander, cumin, clove, cardamom,
anything that starts in C!) a handful of garden peas and some sliced carrot,
stir to mix.
boil enough potatoes to cover the top of the stew in mashed potato made
the stew in an ovenproof casserole and cover with layer of mashed potato.
Bake in a moderate oven until the top is browned (the top of the potato
should be level with the top of the casserole so that any overflow messes
up your oven not the potato.
my opinion the longer and slower you cook it the better.
Hands-On History Happenings
Hands-on Hat Decorating, 19th Century Style - March 23,--10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Heritage Gardening in the Spring - March 23, -- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Easter Buffet - March 31, 2013
Park Day - APRIL 6th - - 9 am - 4 pm
Call 870-983-2684 for details or check the online Calendar of Events
Ways to Be Involved
Volunteer! Call Vicky at 870-983-2558 or email.
Coupon - $1.00 off Horse drawn surrey ride. http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/deals-coupons/
Group Rates - Book a reservation for your group of
Annual Passes - Unlimited visits and special events-Individual -$20.00 or Family- $30.00
For more information - 870-983-2684