Washington County Historical Society

We are passionate about preserving and telling the rich history of our County.

Washington County Historical Society Mission Statement:

The mission of the Washington County Historical Society is to discover, preserve, and celebrate the history of Washington County, Arkansas, and to share that heritage with others.


Fayetteville Historical Hike Map

FAYETTEVILLE -- Taking a tour of Fayetteville's history is now easier than ever. Tuesday, the Washington County Historical Society unveiled a new hiking tour map of the city's historic buildings and spots. Historical society members say it's … [Continue reading]

The Ridge House at 230 West Center


In 1839, the house served as a refuge for Sarah Bird Northrup Ridge and her children, after the assassination of her Cherokee husband, John Ridge. Fayetteville's oldest house stands as a post Trail of Tears Site commemorating the John Ridge Family … [Continue reading]

The Archibald Yell Law Office


The Archibald Yell Law Office was built around 1835 and moved to the Headquarters House ground in 1992. Judge, congressman, governor, and soldier, Archibald Yell is a colorful figure from Territorial Days who comes to life in the Living History … [Continue reading]

Headquarters House


At 118 East Dickson, Was built by Judge Jonas Tebbetts in 1853 and miraculously survived the Civil War. The Battle of Fayetteville was fought on its front lawn and a doorway bears the scar of a minieball which is preserved in testament to the battle … [Continue reading]