Thursday, February 21, 2019

SARA and Historic Washington State Park celebrate Arkansas’s Territorial Day

Historic Washington State Park
Like many historic sites around the state, the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives and Historic Washington State Park will host special activities Saturday, March 2, to commemorate everyday life during the creation of the Arkansas Territory. 

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. participants can:

·         Visit the Morrison Tavern Inn and talk with staff to see original Territorial Era Hempstead County court documents! Learn how to uncover history in your own investigations of archives records.

·         Locate your county in the Arkansas Territory. Today’s counties in Arkansas were carved out of five original counties in the Arkansas Territory. Search on the map to see where you would have been living during territorial times.

·         Fetch a pail of water at the Trimble House and draw water from a hand-dug well.

·        Visit the Sanders Farmstead and hear about The Night the Stars Fell, the event of the Leonid Meteor Shower that took place in 1833, as told from the perspectives of Native-Americans, African-American slaves and white settlers in southwest Arkansas.

·         Practice the lost skill of writing with quill and ink at the 1836 Hempstead County Courthouse.

·         Become a printer’s devil, the period term for an apprentice to the printer, at the print shop and earn your own Printer’s Devil Certificate as you learn how to operate a printing press. Then, learn about Arkansas’s Territorial Era newspaper, The Arkansas Gazette.

·         Visit the B.W. Edwards Weapons Museum and see Weapons of the Territorial Period.  Weapons were part of everyday life in the Arkansas Territory and were used for hunting, as well as for protection. Get a close up look at these necessary tools.

·        For a taste of the territory, visit Williams Tavern from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and order a buffalo steak of buffalo burger. The Tavern also has a wide selection of items available.  And, don’t forget to save room for homemade desserts!

Come celebrate with us! For more information, contact Historic Washington State Park at 870-983-2684. 

Court Records from 1823, SARA