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Fort Smith National Historic Site

301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901
479-783-3961
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in Fort Smith
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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English first
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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is a very cool historical site. From the gallows, to the buildings, to the old foundations, to the trail of tears it was a very informative and interesting visit. Admission is free with the exception of the upstairs in the main building. Staff was very friendly. A nice little gift shop and restrooms are also located in the main... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We walked the grounds, viewed the gallows of the "hanging judge", visited the museum, walked the trail of tears and learned a lot about our ancestors!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Had visited outside before. Video, inside even better. Cool that it was free for my under 16 yo kids.

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Jacksonville, Arkansas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

If you are interested in seeing the history of the hanging judge Issac Parker and the courthouse and gallows where he hung over 70 felons then this is a place you will want to see.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This National Park Service site served several major historical functions in settling the west. It paints a unique point of view of history as it really happened and not necessarily as it was taught in our history books. Pretty well done and explained from several view points.

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Barling, Arkansas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Despite the fact it was hot and humid, we really enjoyed taking our out of state friends. The signage in the park is very nice and informative. Would be a great place to do research for a book or historical article.

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DeFuniak Springs, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I've stopped here twice when traveling. It's a National Park so if you carry a National Park Passport book, you can stop in and get stamps in your book. The visitor center has a stamp for Fort Smith and also for the Trail of Tears. You can walk the grounds, view the gallows of the "hanging judge", walk the Trail... More

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Fair Play, South Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

we visited on a rainy day so I am sure we missed some of the outdoor exhibits, but this place is still a number 1 attraction for the area. The museum is well thought out and informative. Don't forget to take the ear piece so you can do the audio tour. This site touches on just how wild the west... More

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Greenwood, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

As a former teacher, I have taken several groups here on field trips and have visited with my own family. Fascinating place where you'll learn a lot.

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Ellicott City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We had a wonderful tour of this unique National Historic Site. The museum was excellent and it is important to mention that it is one of the few sites dedicated to the nation's judicial foundations. Quite a fascinating place.

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