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163 Years Ago
The New Term Begins
The second session for the present academic year of the Male department of the seminary at this place commences on Monday the 18th of February next. In the FEMALE department there will be no vacation until July next, pupils, therefore can enter at any time, for the next session. This Institution now in successful operation is inferior to none in the South. For Particulars we refer to the advertisements of Professor Slack, and the Sec'y of the Board of Trustees.
Source: "[The second session...]" Washington Telegraph, January 17, 1850.
Many have children who just started back to school for the second semester of the school year. How do you think the time of start and the contrast with the school for young ladies compares to your experience or that of your child? Would your child prefer boys academies separate from girls academies today?

Special Letter to Home Educators from Historic Washington
Good Morning Families and Educators,

Just wanted to drop a reminder that our 2013 Home School Day for February is right around the corner. We are starting to get calls and certainly look forward to all of your visits.  We hope to offer some of the past programs as well as introduce some new ones to the mix, so please mark Friday February 15th on your calendars and give us a call at 870-983-2684 to let us know that you’re going to be joining us.  Programming begins at 9:00 AM and goes until around 4:00PM, Williams' Tavern restaurant will be open from 11AM until 3PM so your welcome to bring sack lunches or enjoy Williams' Tavern. You may also choose to order burger meals in advance for your larger groups at a cost of only $5.50 each including tax. (burger, chips, cookie and drink)

Also those of you that have already purchased a Family Museum Pass will be able to use that for admission for you and your children. This pass allows unlimited visits for one year from date of purchase for a  cost of $30.00.  Besides Historic Washington State Park, it also applies to Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Parkin Archeological  State Park, Powhatan Historic State Park and Toltec Mounds State Park.  You may purchase a Family Museum Pass at our Visitor Information Center or renew your out- of- date pass as well. Pass must be presented at time of arrival.   (The Family Museum Pass only applies to Parents and Children through the age of 18, immediate family only)
Historic Washington State Park
On this special day our interpretive staff will provide a special experience for home school groups. Students will experience Frontier Days as the 19th century pioneers would have experienced it. Programming will be designed to correlate with state curriculum requirements. Sign up early for this hands-on adventure! Contact the park for further details and reservations. See 2012 Album on Google+.

Admission: $5.50 plus tax  ($6.04)

CONTACT: Ph: 870-983-2684,
Snow Days
Who likes to see snow pictures? Anybody out there like to have help some saving money at the store? A talented frugalist (okay, so I made that word up), who loves the park, has a blog that combines helping others save money and her love of photography. We hope you stop by her blog to enjoy both.


Free ebook on the American frontier available for Kindle or Kindle on the computer. The frontier is a mobile term which applied to different areas as the nation expanded west. While Arkansas is in the middle of the United States now, at one time it was a frontier. Learn about common experiences to those who settled the American Frontier in this book.
Lunch at the Williams? Tavern Restaurant is always a tour highlight
What's Cooking at Williams' Tavern?
Wednesday: Smothered Pork Chop w/ Mushroom Gravy, Creamed Potatoes and Black Eyed Peas $6.99
Thursday:  Chicken and Dumplings with choice of two sides $6.99  
Friday:  Farm Raised Catfish with choice of two sides $7.99  
Saturday:  Homemade Lasagna with Corn and Side Salad $6.99  
Sunday:  Pork Tenderloin with Cream Potatoes and Green Beans $6.99

Weekly Lunch Special - Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich Basket $5.29

Receipt and Recipe

In early Washington, Arkansas, there were four pigs for every cow on the landscape. Wild hogs were so prevalent that it was considered foolhardy to try to market pork. Another staple of frontier life was the chicken. They were more valuable for eggs than meat, but good varieties like the Dominique (slang - Dominicker) severed well for both. Here are a couple of recipes to add to your diet. We have taste tested the pork tenderloin and found it to be very good when modified to use in the crock pot.

Jill's Pork Tenderloin
  • 3 pounds Pork Tenderloin (1 Pkg. Of 2 Tenderloins), Cut Into 4 Pieces Total
  • 1 pound Bacon
  • ¾ cups Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Onions
  • ½ teaspoons Garlic Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Wine Vinegar Or White Vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 dash Pepper
  • ¾ cups Brown Sugar

Wrap the tenderloin pieces in bacon. Place in an 8 1/2″ x 11″ pan. Poke holes in meat with a fork.

Combine rest of ingredients in a small bowl; stir well. Pour marinade over meat. Refrigerate, uncovered, 2 to 3 hours or overnight.

Bake in a 300 degree oven for two to three hours. If the bacon burns, place foil over the top after approximately 1 1/2 hours of baking. Remove from oven, cut meat into small pieces and allow the meat to soak up the excess juices in the pan.


I modified this by placing it in the broiler to brown the bacon wrapped meat. Then transferred it to the slow cooker and basted it with the marinate before cooking on low for 10 hours.

Easy and delicious!!

Cut them up as before (whole chicken parts - Ed.) season them with salt, pepper and nutmeg, dredge them with flour, and fry them a light brown in butter. After which, serve them up, squeeze over them the juice of a lemon, and set them by the fire till the gravy is prepared. If you have two chickens, add to the butter in which they were fried, half a pint of sweet cream, a spoonful of flour, a spoonful of sage, and a handful of chopped parsley; squeeze in the juice of half a lemon, stir it up, and pour it immediately over the fry.
[Source: The Kentucky Housewife by Mrs. Lettice Bryan, originally published in 1839]

Hands-On Historic Happenings

Introduction to Forging Workshop          January 26 - 27,    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dutch Oven Cooking 2                           February 2,         10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Valentine's Dinner                                 February 8,           6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Valentine's Dinner                                 February 9,           6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Frontier Days for Home Schools              February 15, 2013         

Frontier Days at the Hill of Five Trails       February 16 - 17,                

Introduction to Forging Workshop          February 16 - 17,  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Basic Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop      February 23,       10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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.
Special Rates
Coupon - $1.00 off Horse drawn surrey ride.
Group Rates
- Book a reservation for your group of 20 or more and everyone gets $1.00 off.
Annual Passes - Unlimited visits and special events-Individual -$20.00 or Family- $30.00
For more information - 870-983-2684

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P.O. Box 98
Washington, AR 71862

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

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