Meeting Place: 1874 Courthouse Vistior Center
Washington, Arkansas was founded in 1824 as a community in southwest Arkansas when Arkansas was still a territory. Arkansas Territory had an influx of settlers who established small communities and isolated homesteads including the community of Washington. Territorial and county governments were set up, businesses opened, and workers of various trades moved to the territory to help it flourish. Initially Arkansas Territory included what is now Oklahoma, but through changes in boundary lines and the relocation of Native Americans further and further west, the territory’s land was reduced to its present size in 1828. Learn more about Washington and the Territory of Arkansas from 1819-1836 through this traveling exhibit provided by the Arkansas State Archives.