Historic Washington State Park hosts Community Life of the Past Day Camp

(WASHINGTON, Ark.) — Historic Washington State Park will host Community Life of the Past Day Camp for children ages 6-12 on August 1-5, 2022. The camp takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will provide a look at some of the daily activities of early residents within the community of Washington, Arkansas.

Campers will participate in some of the same real-life activities of their 19th-century counterparts who lived in Washington. Hands-on and interpretive activities will take place daily, including learning the basics of the printing press, the art of the blacksmith trade, the essentials of 19th-century games and the tasks needed to care for the community’s working animals.

The Historic Washington State Park Community Life of the Past Day Camp will transport today’s students back to 19th-century Arkansas through experiences that illustrate how vital this sense of place was to early Arkansans.

Cost for attendance to the day camp is $125 and includes all supplies and a daily lunch. Registration must be made by Friday, July 29. Contact the Historic Washington State Park Visitor Center at 870-983-2684 to register your child.

Historic Washington State Park

Historic Washington State Park, located in Washington, Arkansas, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Mondays. The park is a restoration village interpreting the historic Arkansas town in the 19th century. Daily tours are provided to over 15 historic sites and museums, such as the B.W. Edwards Weapons Museum and Blacksmith Shop. To learn more, visit or call 870-983-2684. 

Arkansas State Parks

Arkansas State Parks is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. Arkansas state parks and museums cover 54,400 acres of forest, wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation facilities, and unique historic and cultural resources. Established in 1923, Arkansas State Parks preserve special places for future generations, provide quality recreation and education opportunities, enhance the state’s economy through tourism and provide leadership in resource conservation. Connect with ASP on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and visit and to learn more. 

Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism

The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism protects and promotes our state’s natural, cultural and historic assets, contributing to a thriving economy and high quality of life. It is made up of three divisions: Arkansas State Parks, Arkansas Heritage and Arkansas Tourism. Stacy Hurst serves as the cabinet secretary for the department. 

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