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Fort Smith National Historic Site

Address: 301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone Number: 479-783-3961
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Fort Smith
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I absolutly loved the history and learning more and more about my heritage. I didn't have any dislikes at all!!!!

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San Diego, California
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102 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We spent the whole day here and could have stayed longer. Start by seeing the movie at the park visitor center, which is in the restored fort building, so you get an overview of why this is a National Historic Site. Then ask for a tour, they'll tell you some stories of the good and bad men and women who... More 

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Oregon, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Liked: New museum and being asked to send in pictures of my Father's days during the 50'5. Dislike: Could no longer enter the main area without a military active/retirement id.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I was born and raised here in Fort Smith, The fort is a piece of our history us locals love to share with tourists. This is a great place to have a family outing and reconnect with nature.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Really enjoyed the grounds and seeing this piece of history. Lots to see all in this one location. We ran short on time so did not get to see it all but the parts we did see were very historic from Judge Parker's chambers to the restored hanging Gallows. Especially enjoyed the outdoors walking trails and Trail of Tears Overlook.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great family day out. Visit the old fort and walk on the Arkansas river banks. There are reenactments and site tours. Great fun young and old.

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Celina, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

The fort smith national historic site is an interesting building and site. It shows the visitor how the western expansion took place into the Indian territory. If your looking to spend an hour it's well worth the visit.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I cannot count how many times my family has visited this place. My kids (both teens and little ones) never gets tired of walking the trails and visiting the Fort Smith museums. It is simply beautiful and well kept. We are proud of the small town we live in.

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Rogers, Arkansas
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14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

If you like history, you won't want to miss the great exhibits inside the court house and jail. The history is well explained throughout and the walk around the grounds on a nice day, is well worth your time. It is free to explore the grounds, the gallows and the commissary. If you want to see the inside of the... More 

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Happy Valley, Oregon
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This site is a very well restored and displayed look into some fascinating history. There is a beautiful trail along the water, an excellent orientation video, and great displays inside including the courtroom of the "hanging judge". Allow at least two hours to experience it all..it is worth the side trip off the highway.

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