Visitor Center

Fort Smith National Historic Site, Near Fort Smith, Arkansas

Visitor Center does not offer reservations through Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


This building has evolved over time. Beginning in 1846, it was the enlisted men's barracks and dining hall. In 1872, it was converted to a courthouse and jail. A second, more modern, jail was built in 1888. The last major change occurred between 1996-2000 when the buildings were renovated and exhibits added making the building more accessible to visitors. The visitor center helps tell the story of Fort Smith from 1817 to 1896.

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