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Miss Laura's Social Club

2 North B Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901
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Ranked #2 of 19 attractions in Fort Smith
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Shops, Tours
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Barling, Arkansas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

30 years ago or so, this place was a very nice restaurant that my friends and I frequented. The restaurant closed and eventually this became a visitor's center/museum. Since I hadn't seen the place in so long, I was interested to go in and see what it was like. I was very pleasantly surprised. They've done a great job of... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We were walking around the historic site and saw the sign for this and thought we'd check it out. We didn't know it was a historic brothel. There is a lot of history here and I found it very interesting. We were greeted enthuastically and our tour guide was very knowledgable both of the history of the house and the... More

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Grand Blanc, Mi
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108 reviews 108 reviews
52 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

A great visitor's center just full of history! As other reviewers have mentioned, the volunteers who greet you are so enthused and happy to do what they can to make you enjoy the visit! The house is in great shape and the tour is extremely impressive. There is also lots of information on what to do in the area--but the... More

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Houston, Texas
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204 reviews 204 reviews
104 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

We didn't realise at first that Miss Laura's was the Visitor Center and drove right past it to the new building and park on the river. Fortunately we got it right after a stroll around the park. What an enthusiastic and knowledgeable group of volunteers to bring history to life in such an engaging way! We were captivated, made our... More

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Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's downtown Fort Smith with plenty of parking..close to the site of the New Marshall's Museum, Riverwalk, and the Fort itself....so all within walking distance. Everyone is helpful and can the guide you to these other locations or take the tourist trolley for $1 all around historic Fort Smith.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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80 reviews 80 reviews
13 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We had so much fun here! We were greeted by someone truly knowledgeable and passionate about the history of this town and this club. She shared info in a way to make it suitable for the age of the child with you. There was so much interesting history and the volunteers were better then any staff I've even seen at... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

A trip to Ft. Smith specifically or Arkansas in general would not be complete without a visit to Miss Laura's Social Club. The first-ever (only?) brothel listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it now serves as the city's official visitor information center. Volunteer guides do a great job of sharing the history of the authentically restored and decorated... More

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Albany, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We stopped here first on the recommendation of a Trolley driver in Little Rock who was from Fort Smith. Very interesting piece of history which was very well presented by our volunteer guide. The building is amazingly restored with many interesting details. Listening to the history of the building and the area was a fun way to spend an hour.... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Well presented restoration of a period in history that seemed to be so wild and dangerous. This museum has many interesting stories that were very well told by our volunteer guide. He made the stop fun and also educational. What a great way to get out of your car and relax for an hour.

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Cabot, Arkansas
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345 reviews 345 reviews
109 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

The history the mystery and the people make this a must stop and see in Fort Smith. Some of the best guides I have ever seen. The house is well cared for and just what they went through to save it and make it a part of the history of the west in worth the stop.

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