This huge Southern magnolia tree at Historic Washington State Park is listed in the Arkansas Famous and Historic Tree Program.
Trees are silent witnesses to our history. At every historic home, battlefield, and landmark, trees stood firmly rooted while daily lives existed and historic events unfolded around them. Some of those trees still stand today. Certain trees are recognized and respected as part of the Arkansas Famous and Historic Tree Program, including several located in Arkansas state parks. Stand under these trees, touch their bark, listen to the wind rustle their leaves, and let your imagination wonder what stories they could tell.
The Arkansas Famous and Historic Tree Program was established in 1997 to create an appreciation for historic trees in Arkansas. Some trees have cultural significance, such as the Royston magnolia at Historic Washington State Park; others are important in ecological history, such as the cypress/tupelo community at Louisiana Purchase State Park. A committee of landscape, forestry, and historic preservation specialists determine trees eligible for listing. For further information, visit: www.arhistorictrees.org.