Explore the History of the City
With everything from a Farmers Market to shops specializing in local handcrafts, Downtown Fort Smith is a historic center of the second-largest city in Arkansas. Replete with historic sites, a walk through Fort Smith is an enlightening look at the city's past, present and future. When staying with us at our hotel near historic Downtown Fort Smith, you'll get to spend time in one of the most charming places in the state, and possibly return home with some unique keepsakes.
Fort Smith National Historic Site contains nearly 80 years of history dating back to the early 19th century, detailing the establishment of two frontier forts and the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas, as well as the career of Judge Isaac C. Parker, known as the "hangin' judge," the Trail of Tears, and the lives of settlers and Native Americans.
With its vibrant outdoors exhibits, the Fort Smith Trolley Museum showcases the history of the area's historic streetcars, as well as a restored trolley running on a 3/4-mile track. The Museum's preservation of electric powered streetcars, railroad equipment, and transportation from this area is truly remarkable.
Belle Grove Historic District, spreading over 22 blocks, includes landmarks such as the McKibben-Bonneville House, the Fort Smith Art Center, the Darby House, and the Clayton House.
The Fort Smith Regional Art Center is the top destination for art enthusiasts in the area. Including exhibits and permanent acquisitions from artists working in all media, it's the best place to see the true creative flavor of Fort Smith.
For all your shopping needs, visit Brunswick Place. Home to New Orleans-style architecture, the shopping area features 100-year-old buildings, wrought-iron work, and brick alleyways housing a number of shops, restaurants and businesses. And, if you'll be here on the weekend, head to the Downtown Farmers Market at 2nd & Garrison, which is open year round on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon, featuring more than 50 vendors selling homegrown, baked, caught or crafted products.