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Fort Smith National Historic Site

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Address: 301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-1938
Phone Number:
+1 479-783-3961
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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Excellent educational stop

We planned our spring break to include several national historic sites and Fort Smith was the first this year. My daughter does the juniors ranger programs and we all learn a lot... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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213 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We planned our spring break to include several national historic sites and Fort Smith was the first this year. My daughter does the juniors ranger programs and we all learn a lot from the experience. We arrived just before a large storm was to hit so we asked the rangers what outdoor sites to see before the rain. (The gallows... More 

Thank DrJim2
Fort Smith, Arkansas
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect place to take visiting family. Good for children and adults. Very educational and beautiful scenery. Great walking area.

Thank Beverly Y
Columbus, Ohio
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101 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth a visit. Grounds offer a park stroll with educational signs telling of the first Ft. Smith. On the grounds of the second Ft. Smith is a museum in the old army barracks building. It has nice educational display givng an overview of it's later use as a jail and federal courthouse for Judge Parker. His courtroom is similar as... More 

Thank Columbus_OhioRandy51
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115 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not only a pretty site, but very historical. And educational. One could take an hour or so, or spend an entire day just soaking up the history of the old west of the Oklahoma/Arkansas Territory. Everything you ever wanted to know about the "Hangin' Judge"!

Thank mailqueen
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed walking the grounds and touring the buildings. Easy walk nice views of the river.

Thank Linda L
Kansas City, Missouri
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55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The historic site was nice with lots of good information and a few artifacts, diaramas, and a 15 minute overview movie. Typical of the NPS. You get a good history lesson. What made this special and deserving of 5 star rating was 'Marty'. He is a volunteer who gives an hour long plus tour. He was funny and told lots... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

We got here 45 minutes before closing but the great thing is the entrance fee gets you in for a week! We spent the first evening exploring the outside exhibits and then came back the next morning to finish the inside exhibits. We were really glad we watched the video in the morning because it gave us a great perspective... More 

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Jacksonville, AR
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This is a very interesting place and worth seeing. It gives you an idea of life on the edge of the frontier right after the Civil War. The rangers are very helpful. Judge Parker's courtroom looks great. Go see it!

Thank brad120
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41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This place is special to all locals as it showcases the deep history of the Arkansas/Oklahoma border area. This area has a rich history going back to the early 1800's and this park is a nice tribute to that long western heritage and law enforcement. I highly recommend a tour through the Fort Smith National Historic Site.

Thank kenh4495
Van Buren, Arkansas
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161 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

2017, to be exact Christmas Day will be the 200th birthday of the founding of the Fort and later the city. All year long the city and the fort will be having special parties, programs, gatherings and just amazing stuff to do and see. Check it out .

Thank jwh916

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