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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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    Traveling West on I-40? To avoid construction delays, do not take Exit 7 (I-540 S). Stay on I-40 west and take Exit 1 Dora. Stay on Hwy 64D for 6 miles and follow signs to Fort Smith. After crossing over the river, turn right on 4th ST & right on Garland. More »

New Speaker Series Highlights History

Volunteers In Parks (VIPs) are an important part of Fort Smith National Historic Site. Their dedication and life experiences bring innovative perspective to the programs that visitors enjoy. In the Historical Highlights series, the VIPs have taken the lead in researching their own topics and developing an exciting new speaker series.

Talks will occur on a monthly basis and will usually take place on Saturdays. New topics are being added on an ongoing basis.

Current information on each program will be added to the park's Schedule of Events as it becomes available.

Did You Know?

Portrait of Anna Dawes

A woman was responsible for the building of a modern federal jail at Fort Smith, AR, in 1888. Anna Dawes, daughter of Sen. Dawes of MA, visited the "Hell on the Border" jail in 1885 and wrote an article describing its conditions. When read in Congress, money was quickly approved for a new jail.