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Fort Smith National Historic Site

Fort Smith, 301 Parker Avenue, Fort Smith, AR, USA

Fort Smith National Historic Site preserves the site of two military posts and the historic Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Fort Smith changed hands twice during the war. The U.S. Army, under the command of Capt. Samuel Sturgis, abandoned the fort to the state militia on April 23, 1861. The Confederate occupancy lasted until September 1863. The Union remained in control throughout the rest of the war, despite Confederate attacks led by Gen. Stand Watie. During the Union occupation, the fort served as a refuge from guerilla activity.


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From Interstate 40 Eastbound: Exit at Roland, and drive six miles on highway 64 to downtown Fort Smith. From Interstate 40 Westbound & from North I 540 & Fayetteville, take Interstate 40 westbound to I 540 south. Exit west on Rogers Ave. and continue to downtown.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, information, handicapped access, gift shop, museum, paved trails, parking lot, picnic tables

Regular Events

April: Confederate encampment, September: Union Commemoration Weekend; programs and demonstrations throughout the year.

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Admission Fee

Adults $4.00, children (under sixteen) free


Grounds: sunrise - sunset; Visitor Center, gallows, Commissary building: Daily 9:00AM - 5:00PM


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