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The State Parks of Arkansas - The Natural State: E-Newsletter
  "Just a Walk in the Park" Newsletter

Washington, Arkansas was named for the "Father" of our country, George Washington. Today while researching that exact day (as opposed to the traditional date commemorated currently) I ran into this interesting bit of information. George Washington had TWO birth dates!
"George Washington was born in Virginia on February 11, 1731, according to the then-used Julian calendar. In 1752, however, Britain and all its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar, which placed Washington's birth on February 22, 1732." Read more at the National Archives.

Make plans early for the 
Arkansas Archeological Society/Survey Training Program  
Historic Washington State Park
June 8-24, 2012
While you are on the website, make sure to see pictures from last year.

Park Day - Join us and make a difference in your State Park on Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Contribute to the future by protecting our past. Join park staff and volunteers as they work on cleanup and preservation projects throughout Washington. This is your chance to lend a hand and get a little reward for it. Lunch is provided. This national event is sponsored by the Civil War Preservation Trust and the History Channel. 

Meet at the 1874 Courthouse Visitor Center

Admission: Free CONTACT:Ph: 870-983-2684,

Check out our Calendar of Events so you won't miss anything!

Ouachita Hills Academy visited Historic Washington State Park. What a great group of eager students! See pictures - here.

Easter Buffet at Williams' Tavern Restaurant

The buffet menu will include drink and dessert for $10.99

Honey Glazed Ham Slices *  Roast Beef

Creamed Potatoes * Italian Green Beans 

Buttered Carrots * English Pea Salad

Homemade Yeast Rolls

Fruit Salad *  Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Through a horrible and evil computer glitch, the entire weekly specials mailing list for the Williams' Tavern Restaurant was wiped out. Please email to be added back to the list to receive weekly specials.

Receipt and Recipe

Pork Chops and Saurkraut
Pull out your slow cooker and a skillet.

1. Season 4-6 pork loin chops with salt and pepper.
2. Heat a skillet with some olive oil.
3. Sear the pork chops on both sides. Not cooking, just browning the outside of chop.
4. In the slow cooker add:
2 cups sauerkraut, that had been rinsed
2 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 apple, grated
1/2 cup carrot, grated
2 gloves garlic, finely chopped
8-10 peppercorns
1-2 bay leaves
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 T. brown sugar (optional)
5. Place the chops on top, cover and set slow cooker for 6-8 hours.
6. Serve to your family around the dinner table and enjoy each other.

How about a cooking tip from old recipes? Mix flour and butter then add to soups and sauces to thicken them.

For the foodies out there, try this - My Communal Table.

Have you tried one of our recipes? If so, email and let us know what you thought of it.
Have a favorite family recipe passed down through generations, email it to us and you might see it here in the future!

Want to be added to the Weekly Specials of Williams' Tavern Restaurant? Then email your request to

We are on YouTube!! Go to and search for "Historic Washington State Park" or start here.

Annual Passes Available - Unlimited visits, including special events, to the following museums - Historic Washington, Prairie Grove Battlefield, Toltec Mounds, Plantation Agriculture, Powhatan.
Choose from Individual Admission -$20.00 and Family Admission $30.00 (Parents and children through age 18)
Call for more information - 870-983-2684

Park Day Volunteers needed! April 7, 2012 - Contact Vicky at 870-983-2638 0r Billy at 870-983-2860 or email at Leave a message, if needed.

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  Historic Washington State Park
P.O. Box 98
Washington, AR 71862

Phone: (870) 983-2684
Fax: (870) 983-2736

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