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Fort Smith National Historic Site

301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-1938
+1 479-783-3961
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Great museum

Found this museum to be interesting and informative. We browsed the outbuildings and a replica of... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2018
JinIA
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Iowa
Historical Treasure

Personally I don’t think you can ever go wrong spending time at historical sites. This one is... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2018
JayLouW
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Minnesota
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301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-1938
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

Found this museum to be interesting and informative. We browsed the outbuildings and a replica of the gallows (just inside the gate, there is a recorded story about a hanging). In the main building, a friendly park ranger gave us an overview of Fort Smith...More

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Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

Personally I don’t think you can ever go wrong spending time at historical sites. This one is definitely worth a visit. When we entered the Visitor’s Center, we were immediately welcomed by the Park Ranger. He explained the park layout to us, the museum and...More

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Reviewed 2 February 2018

Like most national park sites Fort Smith does a nice job of explaining the history of the area - but what sets it apart is that history. It is not a one hit wonder. There are exhibits telling about the fort's role in Native American...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Recently 20yr and 10yr old daughters went to the museum together. My oldest needed to do a report for school and I thought the younger would like in too. After 30 mins of eyerolls and “no you can’t take your phone for games” we went....More

2  Thank Will S
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

This place has quite a bit of history to tell. It was a very lawless place and there were many difficult times for so many people in the area.

Thank 767traceyd
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

Gravesites of the rich, poor, young ,old- but all veterans or their families! A walking history lesson- and a tribute to those who have served. Beautifully maintained and deeply moving!

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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

We had a great day at National Historic Site. Doesn’t matter if you are visiting Fort Smith for the first time or if you are local, you always will have a beautiful view. There are a lot of history information in the way of a...More

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

It was historically interesting to see the gallows and the architecture of the old buildings. This would be a good stop for people with pets too. I believe this listing is for the park area around the historical museum so the park is free and...More

Thank Amanda S
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

I would probably have given Fort Smith a higher rating, but we visited Little Rock High School earlier that day and were emotionally drained. This is our fifth time traveling cross country so my advice is to do one nice visit a day. Squeezing in...More

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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

We were in Ft. Smith to visit a friend and had down time so we went to the fort and learned a lot. I didn't realize how pivotal Ft. Smith was on the Trail of Tears. We walked the grounds on a stunning fall day...More

Thank Wendy S
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Yes we seen some and they had no problem i think you have to clean up the mess is all
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