|How to Get There
Washington was on the
main road in antebellum
Arkansas, but isn't
anymore. The town sits
along AR 195 & US 278
northeast of Hope.
|Capital of the Old Southwest:
|The Chihuahua Trail (Southwestern Trail) reached
from Little Rock through Washington, and terminated
in Fulton. Thousands of feet and hooves sunk the
roadbed as it ascended into Washington. Today, the
trail between Washington and Fulton can be easily
traveled; however, the old path between Washington
and Little Rock is still dirt and not well marked. The
building on the right is the 1836 courthouse, in which
the Arkansas state legislature convened in 1864.
|Washington's old jail is now a bed and breakfast.
|The old tavern at Washington had to be rebuilt.
(Library of Congress).
|The old Washington tavern has
been restored to its original footprint.
|Downtown Washington at the turn of the 20th
century. (Arkansas Historical Commission)
|Downtown Washington in the 21st century.
|The magnolia tree in Washington, planted in 1839, is the state's largest specimen.
|Though the citizens of Washington built a new
courthouse in 1874, the county seat was moved to
Hope by 1938.
|Nice porch on a restored home in Historic Washington