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The State Parks of Arkansas - The Natural State: E-Newsletter

Documenting Memories

Last week, I had a chance to visit with Mr. Martin and his wife. Mr. Bill Martin lived in Washington, Arkansas in the 1940s, in the remainder of the Daniel W. Jones house. The home had originally been a large 2 story home, but due to damage from a tornado in 1907, the top floor had been removed and the first level roofed. Then, it was used as a single story dwelling. He was in this home, as a child, on the day that the 1946 tornado hit Washington. They were spared any damage but remembers coming into downtown to see the roofs torn off homes and other such damage. He said there were rows of cedar trees lining the walk to the 1874 Court House (or “schoolhouse” to him) and they were all torn out by the storm.


The visit with Mr. Martin helped highlight the fact that every historic site in Historic Washington State Park has two stories - its original story and the story of its preservation. There is no one alive to share the early stories. They must be gleaned from newspapers, deeds, journals and tax records. The stories in the intermediary of buildings and their early preservation are within living memory. We are working to gather these stories and images of past residents and visitors to Washington. Mr. Martin will be returning for more fun as we walk down memory lane. Please contact us at if you have stories and/or photographs to share.

Valentine's Dinner and an Evening to Remember

Escape the holiday crowds and the fuss by stepping into a simpler time. Enjoy a romantic evening with someone special at Historic Williams Tavern Restaurant. A surrey ride,live entertainment and an unforgettable dinner are all part of the evening. Reservations required.
Admission: $70 per couple

February 8th and 9th, 2013

6p.m. - 9 p.m.
Reservations 870-983-2684 or


Williams' Tavern Restaurant

February 2nd to February 8th

Reuben Basket $5.29


Sunday: 3th

Lima Beans and Ham with Creamed Potatoes and Whole Kernel Corn $6.99

Monday: 4th

Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut with Creamed Potatoes and Black-eyed Peas $6.99

Tuesday: 5th

Beef Pot Pie with Creamed Potatoes and Pinto Beans $6.99

 Wednesday: 6th

Red Beans and Rice with Side Salad and Whole Kernel Corn $6.99

Thursday: 7th

      Chicken and Dumplings with choice of two sides $6.99

 Friday: 8th

           Farm Raised Catfish and choice of two sides $7.99

Saturday: 9th

  Orange/Pineapple Glazed Ham with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans $6.99

Sunday: 10th

    Beef tips and Rice with Pinto Beans and Mixed Greens $6.99