Miss Laura's Visitor Center, Fort Smith

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Miss Laura's is the official Visitors Center of Fort Smith, Arkansas, as well as a historic site and local heritage museum. Visitors are encouraged to visit Miss Laura's and take a FREE guided tour of the immaculately restored Victorian mansion. With prior arrangements, "Miss Laura" will guide larger groups on a tour, herself. Out of seven "row houses" that lined Fort Smith's Old West red light district, Miss Laura's is the only house of ill-repute that stood the test of time. It would later become the first former bordello to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • We walked in not knowing what to expect and Bill came right up to us and immediately dove into the history of Miss Laura's and how it fits into the Fort Smith story. Was kind and accommodating and...  more »
  • We made our first visit to Fort Smith this weekend, and just had to stop at Miss Laura's to get our bearings. We're so glad we did! It's in a beautifully restored former brothel, with artifacts and....  more »
  • My family came into Miss Laura's today to take my daughter on a historical/educational visit for her first day of spring break. Jim was our tour guide and did a magnificent job. I loved how he broke things down for her in a way that someone her age could understand and was very good at keeping her visit PG! We loved the house and all of it's charm!!! We will definitely be returning!!! Thank you all for a wonderful time!!! We love Miss Laura's!!!!!
  • i came all the way from New York to do a months work on hiking and site seeing in Arkansas this pass January & February and i thought this might make a good quick little stop after seeing the Fort Smith Site. BOY, WAS I WRONG! the is simply gorgeous. full of charm. i loved everything about it. i almost wish i lived here. but that wasn't it. i was in for another real treat. the ladies that work here are fabulous, wonderful, genuine, friendly, good people full of joy. happy to see me visiting their place. i must have been on 200 house tour over the pass 3 years and i got to be honest. these ladies are by far are my favorite. i can't say enough about them. i wish i could of stayed with them all day. i left there smiling on a rainy February day.

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