Miss Laura's was a brothel among a string of other houses of ill repute. It is an interesting part of the history of Ft. Smith as a Fort and bordering Indian territory, and the Hanging Judge of the downtown Museum and other historic landmarks.
Miss Laura's Visitor Center
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Have you ever wondered what an early 20th century brothel looked like??? Miss Laura's visitor center is housed in a restored brothel. Our guide was great. I wish I remembered his name (though he is in the picture I've posted here), he is a retired...More
It's a MUST SEE! I live in Arkansas and just found out about this little beautiful piece of history. The staff was so helpful and showed my friends and I all around while telling us the history of the old brothel.
On a recent bus trip to Arkansas, our first stop was at Miss Laura's. This is the visitor center and former bordello. The building has been thru some major issues including a tornado which ripped off the roof and damaged most of the interior, yet...More
The volunteers that work here are full of information about Ft. Smith and Miss Laura's which is a neat old building with history. It is worth the time to take a tour and look around.
Stopped in for information knowing it was an historic bordello. It was unexpected that we would be greeted at the door and given a tour of a beautifully restored building with an inteteresting history. Worth a stop if in the area.
We arrived shortly before they were closing, however the tour guide gave us a quick tour. If I’m going through the area again, I’d go to get more info and look at the pictures/items more.
Stopping at this visitor's center turned out to be a bit of an adventure. We exited I-40 at exit #1 - the last exit in Arkansas because we saw a sign for the visitor's center. Once off the interstate, we realized that the visitor's center...More
I had no idea Miss Laura's Visitor Center would be so much fun! Great visitor stop... friendly volunteers and tour guides..excellent piece of early Arkansas history. Miss Laura just happened to be there during our visit. She runs a tight ship! Make sure you sample...More
We stopped by mostly for the Visitors Center. We met with Suzie a long time resident of Ft. Smith and retired teacher. She was so helpful. Gave us lots of suggestions on places to see while in Ft. Smith and since we are considering relocating...More