If you’re looking for a place where you can step back into 19th century Arkansas, you’ll want to visit Historic Washington State Park. This beautifully preserved village is located in the southwest Arkansas town of Washington, which was once an important stop for many sojourners on the way to Texas. Some of its most famous visitors were Sam Houston, James Bowie, and Davy Crockett. In fact, James Black, a blacksmith from the town of Washington, is credited with the invention of the Bowie knife. In Historic Washington State Park, you’ll find beautifully preserved buildings all decked out in authentic 19th century museum-quality artifacts.

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