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Lake Charles State Park 5TH Annual Living History at the Lake a Success!



Living History at the Lake held at Lake Charles State Park on Saturday, September 15th, 2012


Lake Charles State Park would like to thank our sponsors for helping to make the 5TH Annual Living History at the Lake a success even in the rain!


This year’s event was sponsored by The Bank of Cave City in Lynn, Jonesboro Tractor Sales, Farm Service of Hoxie, First National Bank of Walnut Ridge, Regions Bank of Walnut Ridge, Lake Charles Suites, Heritage Agriculture of Walnut Ridge, Ashlock Tire Service, Ronnie Light Equipment, Barton’s of Walnut Ridge, Aaron’s of Walnut Ridge, and Wal-Mart. 


Reenactors and Living Historians from all over Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi gathered at the park to honor our veterans and to teach local school kids and the public about life as a soldier.  On Friday, over 350 students attended 7 sessions on topics ranging from Civil War Medicine to decoding secret messages.  On Saturday the encampments were open to the public.  Though it lightly rained most of the day, many people came out to see the displays, hear the Mid-South Navy bands perform period music, and witness the 2nd Marine Reenactors storm the swim beach during the reenactment of the Makin Atoll Assault in the Pacific. Overall the weekend was a success and plans are already being made for next year!

Lake Charles State Park is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The park offers camping, boat launch ramp, a standard pavilion, picnic sites, swim beach, nature center, playground, restrooms and 3 bathhouses on 645-acre Lake Charles. Along with the visitor center and gift shop, the park offers three nature trails and year-round interpretive programs.  For more information about park events contact the park at (870) 878-6595 or visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com.