Discover the Past
From the establishment of the first Fort Smith on December 25, 1817, to the final days of Judge Isaac C. Parker's jurisdiction over Indian Territory in 1896, Fort Smith National Historic Site preserves almost 80 years of history.
Explore life on the edge of Indian Territory through the stories of soldiers, the Trail of Tears, dangerous outlaws, and the brave lawmen who pursued them.
Metal Detectors: Don't Dig Here!
Metal detecting is illegal at Fort Smith National Historic Site.Read More
Mystery of the Missing Fort
After the first Fort Smith was abandoned in 1824, it was forgotten and soon became lost to the ages. Where did it go and how was it rediscovered?Read More
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Become a Volunteer Museum Tour Guide
Fort Smith NHS offers exciting opportunities for those wishing to volunteer their time and people skills by becoming a museum tour guide.Read More
When was the last time you came to see us?
There are many thing to see and do including Junior Ranger activities, movies, river loop trail, historic jails, courtroom, and more.Read More
Park Presents Historical Highlights Speaker Series
Guest speakers bring life experiences and knowledge to a new monthly speaker series focused on highlights of our area's history and culture.Read More
Federal Court Database
US Court database allows quick and easy access to research the deputy marshals, jailers, and even cooks that worked in the Western District 1871-1896.Read More
Historic Site as a classroom
Teachers ... Are you looking for a way to enhance your classroom material? Plan a field trip and bring the class to the park.Read More
Did You Know?
The only known image of Judge Parker in his courtroom is this one from the federal courthouse on Sixth Street which dates from the 1890s. There are no photographs of the courtroom located in the former military barracks.