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“Fabulous place to learn about Fort Smith history”

Fort Smith National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Fort Smith
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Greenwood, Arkansas
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fabulous place to learn about Fort Smith history”
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.

Visited November 2013
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Ellicott City
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3 reviews
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“Personal Tour by a knowledgeable volunteer!”
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.

Visited May 2014
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Grand Blanc, Mi
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324 reviews
115 attraction reviews
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“Informative National Park”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

The "hanging judge's" courtroom, the gallows display, and many well-done exhibits are the highlights of a visit to this National Park. It is almost downtown Fort Smith, right by the river and has a large outdoor park area. Inside the visitor's center are the displays noted above. The rangers are very enthused and helpful, and the place is extremely neat and clean and well maintained. Informative and well worth the stop if you are in the area. A little difficult to locate--our GPS sent us to an old empty warehouse about a 1/4 mile away.

Visited April 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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489 reviews
282 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
“Nice Fort”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

Viewing the exterior grounds is free. To see the indoor exhibits, the admission fee is $4 per person, unless you have an NPS pass. The exhibits were nice and informative.

Visited April 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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1,819 reviews
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“Make this your first stop”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

Who knew there was so much history here in Fort Smith? I hadn't known about the fort's significance until our visit. Lots of notable characters including Judge Isaac, a "Hanging Judge" if there ever was one...but though he sentenced many to hang, fewer than 20 actually did.

Interesting exhibits and fascinating museum with plenty of artifacts. Living history performers are also very good. Restored and preserved buildings are also interesting.

Free junior ranger booklet and also junior civil war ranger program.

Nice walk along the river, too.

Visited April 2014
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