September 22, 2006
The Arkansas State Parks, Recreation, and Travel Commission met and voted to change the Old Washington Historic State Park’s name to Historic Washington State Park. The name change followed the approval of the park’s new master plan at the commission’s February 2006 meeting. These changes were approved in an effort to promote the community more effectively to visitors. Historic Washington State Park is one of fifty-two state parks operated by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. This park primarily exists to preserve and interpret the history of the city of Washington (Hempstead County), emphasizing its political, cultural, and architectural history in the nineteenth century.