Perhaps the most prominent stop is the Fort Smith National Historic Site, which includes the remains of the original 1817 fort on the Arkansas River.
Adjacent to the Historic Site is the Fort Smith Museum of History, a three-story building containing numerous exhibits, displays and artifacts that tell the story of Fort Smith's colorful history: from the first fort in 1817, through the westward expansion, the Civil War, Fort Chaffee, and the emergence of a modern city. One of the highlights is an old-fashioned drug store and a working soda fountain.
The Fort Smith Air Museum, a series of permanent exhibits at the Fort Smith Regional Airport, is dedicated to preserving the history of the development of aviation in Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.
During the 1920s and 30s, streetcars were popular in most cities. The Fort Smith Trolley Museum features a working, fully-restored 1926 electric streetcar that makes regular half-mile runs between the Fort Smith National Cemetery and a west-end stop at the Varsity Sports Grill on Garrison Avenue (Main Street).
Standing regally in the Belle Grove Historic District, the Clayton House serves as a living history book of Fort Smith’s elegant Victorian period during the city’s frontier beginnings on the border of Indian Territory. The Italianate-style mansion also provides a perfect setting for weddings and private gatherings with its stately parlors and expansive grounds.
Derby House is one of the UK's leading equestrian retailers with a proud tradition of providing high quality products, excellent levels of customer service and exceptional value for money. Starting as a family run business in the heart of Lancashire, Derby House quickly developed into a firm favourite of the horse riding community, offering a large range of high quality equestrian products from the best brands on the market.
Belle Grove Historic District is a predominantly residential historic district north of the central business district of Fort Smith, Arkansas. This area became an affluent residential area not long after Fort Smith was established in 1842, and was most heavily developed between about 1870 and 1930.
The United States National Cemetery System is a system of 147 nationally important cemeteries in the United States. The authority to create military burial places came during the American Civil War, in an act passed by the U.S. Congress on July 17, 1862.
During the 1840's, future U.S. President Zachary Taylor was commander of the military garrison at Fort Smith. His private home was once located on the grounds of what is now Immaculate Conception Church and St. Anne's Academy, at 13th and Garrison. A fire destroyed the home just before the turn-of-the-century, but what is referred to as Zachary Taylor's Chimney is still standing.