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Washington is located in Hempstead County northeast of Texarkana, between Hope and Nashville along US Hwy 278. This community is also situated near Grassy Lake, the Hope Wildlife Management Area and the Old Washington Historic State Park.

Washington was very prosperous until 1874 when the Cairo & Fulton Railroad was built in Hope. The reason that the railroads were built in Hope and not Washington is because the rich people of Washington did not want any loud, noisy trains coming through their relatively quiet town.

Popular attractions within the Washington area include: Ethnic Minority Memorabilia Association Museum, Grandison D. Royston House and the Washington Confederate Monument.


Arkansas State Parks Old Washington Historic State Park |

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12/09 Coming to The area
Arkansas Literary Festival Little Rock AR April18-21 The tenth anniversary gathering with events on both sides of the river. Featuring well known authors Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.
World Famous Armidillo Festival Hamburg AR May1-4 The World Famous Armidillo Festival takes place on Hamburg's town square and the surrounding blocks. Local bands play on Friday night of the festival and all day Saturday to ensure your weekend is the best.
Riverfest Little Rock AR May24-26 Riverfest is a celebration of visual and performing arts that is held annually over Memorial Day weekend on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock.
Louisiana Peach Fest Ruston LA June21-22 The fun begins on Friday in Ruston’s historic Railroad Park at 6:30 p.m. with Dixie Tradition, followed by a return festival appearance by Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band at 8:30 p.m.
Texas Shakespeare Festival Kilgore TX June27-July28 The Texas Shakespeare Festival employs high caliber actors, designers, and directors from throughout the nation.
Hope Watermelon Festival Hope AR August9-11 Watermelon Olympics, melon judging and auction, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest, melon toss, antique engine show, entertainment and SW Arkansas' largest arts and crafts show.