A Day In The Life


The Taverns
December 21, 2008, 10:34 pm
Filed under: Life in the South, Nature, Seasons, Travel

These are some interior shots from Historic Washington State Park taken on December 6, 2008, at the 22nd Annual Christmas and Candlelight.

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The taverns are the most rustic interiors on the tour. The Morrison Tavern Inn and Kitchen is a reconstruction of the original building.

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A bowl of dried hydrangea blossoms and greenery on the kitchen table.

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A table and bench in the tavern room.  Smilax, pine cones and a red ribbon add a festive touch.

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A lovely Willow ware collection on display in the kitchen.

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The Williams Tavern Restaurant serves a lunch and dinner buffet under chandeliers hung with cedar, pine cones and red ribbons.

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Pine, cedar and magnolia leaves are used extensively in the holiday decor along with dried sumac and holly.



Christmas and Candlelight
December 17, 2008, 9:51 pm
Filed under: Life in the South, Seasons, Travel

Each year on the first Saturday in December I travel to Historic Washington State Park for Christmas and Candlelight.  Old Washington served as the Capitol of the Confederate Government of Arkansas for a brief period and is located between Nashville and Hope in southern Arkansas.

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Every sidewalk, driveway and street is lined with luminaires. The Methodist Church was built in 1861.

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A hand-made wreath adorns almost every window in every building, over three hundred wreathes in all.

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The court house, built in 1874, serves as the visitor center.

 

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The Crouch House (1856)

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Smilax decorates every picket fence.

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Choirs and instrumentalists perform in the churches and outside the Williams Tavern Restaurant.

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At dusk, hordes of Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts light the tiny candles in every luminaire.

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And the magic of Christmas illuminates the hearts of those fortunate enough to visit Historic Washington.