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Positioned along the legendary Southwest Trail, the town of Washington in Hempstead County in southwest Arkansas was a thriving center of commerce, business, and county government in the nineteenth century. Historical figures such as Davy Crockett and Sam Houston passed through, and during the Civil War, when the Federal troops occupied Little Rock, the Hempstead County Courthouse in Washington served as the seat of state government. A prosperous town fully involved in the events and society of the territorial, antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras, Washington became in a way frozen in time by a series of events including two fires, a tornado, and being bypassed by the railroad in 1874. Now an Arkansas State Park and National Historic Landmark, Washington has been studied by the Arkansas Archeological Survey over the past twenty-five years. Digging for History at Old Washington joins the historical record with archaeological findings such as uncovered construction details, evidence of lost buildings, and remnants of everyday objects. Of particular interest are the homes of Abraham Block, a Jewish merchant originally from New Orleans, and Simon Sanders from North Carolina, who became the town’s county clerk. The public and private lives of the Block and Sanders families provide a fascinating look at an antebellum town at the height of its prosperity.

Table of Contents

  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. ILLUSTRATIONS
  2. p. ix
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  1. FOREWORD
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. p. xiii
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  1. 1. The Historic Town of Washington
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 2. Why Do Archeology at a Historic Park?
  2. pp. 15-22
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  1. 3. Pioneer Washington, 1823–1841: The Block Family
  2. pp. 23-43
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  1. 4. The Archeology of Pioneer Washington, 1823–1841: The Block House
  2. pp. 44-66
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  1. 5. Spanning the Years from Pioneer to Mature Washington: The 1836 Courthouse and 1839 Clerk’s Office
  2. pp. 67-77
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  1. 6. Mature Washington, 1842–1874: Simon T. Sanders and the Meredith Clan
  2. pp. 78-96
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  1. 7. The Archeology of Mature Washington,1842–1874: The Sanders House
  2. pp. 97-117
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  1. 8. Final Thoughts and Future Questions
  2. pp. 118-122
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHIC ESSAY AND LIST OF REFERENCES
  2. pp. 123-129
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 131-135
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781610751247
Print ISBN
9781557288981
MARC Record
OCLC
769187847
Pages
170
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-11
Language
English
Open Access
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