• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Nearby Attractions

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Local Partners & Information Resources

Fort Smith Convention and Visitor's Bureau

Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce

Van Buren Chamber of Commerce

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism


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Fort Smith Parks and Recreation

United States Marshal Museum

Other Attractions

Fort Smith Museum of History
479-783-7841 - 0 mile

Miss Laura's Visitor Center
479-783-8888 - 0.50 miles

Fort Smith Trolley Museum
479-783-0205 - 0.25 miles

Fort Smith Art Center
479-784-2787 - 1 mile

General Darby's Home
479-782-3388 - 1 mile

W.H.H. Clayton's Home
479-783-3000 - 1 mile

Bonneville House
479-782-7854 - 1 mile

Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center
918-962-2062 - 15 miles

Fort Gibson State Historic Site
918-478-4088 - 60 miles

Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
479-452-3993 - 10.28 miles

Oklahoma City National Memorial
888-542-4673 - 181.71 miles

Lake Fort Smith State Park
479-369-2469 - 37.01

Devil's Den State Park
479-761-3325 - 49.97 miles

Prarie Grove Battlefield State Park
479-846-2990 - 62.61 miles

Oklahoma Historical Society
405-552-5248 - 182.75 miles

Sequoyah's Cabin
918-775-2413 - 22.72 miles

Peter Conser House
918-653-2493 - 41.89 miles

Peter Conser House
918-653-2493 - 41.89 miles

United States Corps of Engineers

National Park Service Areas

Pea Ridge National Military Park
90 miles

Hot Springs National Park
130 miles

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
200 miles

Arkansas Post National Memorial
240 miles

Buffalo National River
240 miles

Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail
0 mile

George Washington Carver National Monument
140 miles

Chickasaw National Recreation Area
210 miles

Central High School National Historic Site
159 miles

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
470 miles

Washita Battlefield National Park
329.46 miles

Did You Know?

Park staff and volunteers demonstrating using lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the cannon's primer

The soldiers who came to Fort Smith in 1817 were still using some 18th century technology and drill. The cannon was discharged using a lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the primer, which originally was loose powder or a turkey quill filled with powder.