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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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Historical stops while roadtripping

My husband and I spent two days in Ft. Smith, Arkansas while roadtripping back to Ohio from... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Angela B
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Love History

This is one of those places you shouldn't miss if you love history. I'm so glad we were able to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-1938
+1 479-783-3961
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I spent two days in Ft. Smith, Arkansas while roadtripping back to Ohio from California. While looking on TripAdvisor for things to see I noticed the Trail of Tears at Ft. Smith national park. As I have a video of the Trail...More

1  Thank Angela B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of those places you shouldn't miss if you love history. I'm so glad we were able to make it here.

Thank DPenn_11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Outside display is free and describes the history of the fort through the 19th century. Go down the path by the river to see the sight of the first wooden fort and the Trail of Tears memorial. The trail goes all the way to the...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great place to visit. Learn history and take a walk around the fort. Very nice place and great friendly staff.

Thank Nated2519
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

We visited Fort Smith NHS while in town, and we enjoyed it. Their museum displays are nicely done, and some of them are even hands on. The re-enactment in their courtroom was fun to watch, especially with the large group of kids that were on...More

Thank HistMarine
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Historic Fort Smith, Arkansas is full of history. It is a quiet city with a beautiful river walk that incorporates civil war history, Old Judge Parker's (the Hanging Judge) Courthouse and Gallows used for hanging outlaws, murderers and rapist, Trolley Museum, old Ferris Wheel and...More

Thank Kay Z
Reviewed 9 October 2017

A very important part of history restored to its former partial self. The museum, movie and park was excellent in its self guided tour. The grounds are well kept and easily marked for self tours. The museum is well documented and easy to tour.

Thank tmw24
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Very well kept museum; Emily, made us comfortable & informed us on many of the exhibits. I had my twin 5yo's with us, so we had to take turns educating ourselves. Lovely time, interesting history, & well kept grounds.

Thank PeachTea18
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Worth a stop if you are in the area. Very helpful staff. Interesting history and nice facilities. Highly recommended for Old West history buffs.

Thank Brandy B
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This intro movie started it off and was very good. I learned the the west was wild. Marshalls were needed and serve a great role. The Indians got pushed off their land, got screwed again. Some of our presidents were despicable in their collusions with...More

2  Thank george g
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Deborah S
9 May 2017|
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Response from CAMOMOMMA2010 | Reviewed this property |
Yes we seen some and they had no problem i think you have to clean up the mess is all
Roma L
14 January 2016|
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Response from jwh916 | Reviewed this property |
As of 5/2017 Adults $7.00 children free National Park Passes acepted.
Ayla M
20 July 2015|
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Response from Vicki C | Reviewed this property |
About an hour unless you get the tour guide. He is very talkative and knows a lot of details that make it all come to life. Add another hour for that part.