Visiting Old Washington, Arkansas is Like a Trip Back in Time
The 51st Jonquil Festival this past weekend went off without a hitch. The weather was pretty much perfect for the 3-day festival in Washington State Park Arkansas. From the looks of the large crowd that attended, I think everyone was itching to get outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather with no rain for a change.
The jonquils were also in full bloom for a change, because over the last two years it always seemed that the jonquils had already peaked. As I continued to walk around the historical grounds I saw so many families enjoying the beautiful day. There is something really special about Old Washington that really makes you feel like you take a step back in time. As I walked through some of the village seeing people dressed in Victorian style clothing, you couldn't help but think back to a time when things were a lot more simpler. There are many old buildings along the walk like the printshop, post office, candle shop, old school, the blacksmith building, site of where James Bowie supposedly had his famous knife made on his way to Texas to fight in the Alamo. But the focal point for me was the very large, tall old Magnolia tree that was planted back in 1839. The tree with its large limbs and broad trunk looks like it could actually reach down and grab you up. If trees could only talk, I'm sure this tree would have a lot of stories to tell about the history of this historic town in Arkansas. The spirit of this town is alive and well and I felt like I was never walking alone.
I really enjoyed the classic car show and of course, I couldn't leave the festival without getting a bag of fresh-made pork skins. Visitors were lined up all day to eat a home cooked meal at the historic Williams Tavern Restaurant. The evening was topped off on Saturday with a concert from native Arkansan Buddy Jewell.
This festival has been around since I was a small child so maybe that's why I feel drawn to visit every year. For one day, I can feel like a kid again in this town that is really all about the past and stands the test of time.
Enjoy the pictures.