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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 the 6th.
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.

 Free Easter Bonnet Decorating Class

Hands-on Hat Decorating, 19th Century Style
Morrison Tavern Kitchen

March 23, 2013
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

Pioneer Cemetery

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
Lunch Specials

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.

Shepherds' Pie recipe
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.
the cooked lamb mixture adding the mash the finished pie

(serves 2)
Fry 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.

Meanwhile boil enough potatoes to cover the top of the stew in mashed potato made with butter.
Put 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.
In 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.
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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