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The Clayton House, Fort Smith

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Landmark
The W.H.H. Clayton House, now the Clayton House Museum, is a historic house museum at 514 North 6th Street in Fort Smith, Arkansas. It is a 2+1⁄2-story L-shaped wood-frame structure, with a projecting front clipped-gable section. It has elaborate Victorian trim, including detailed window surrounds, paneled projecting bays on the front and side, and a porch with carved columns and brackets, and delicately turned balusters ringing the porch roof. The house was built in 1882 for W. H. H. Clayton, who served as a local prosecutor and was member of family prominent in state politics, and is one of the few high-quality houses of the period to survive. It is now a museum.

The house was the home of W.H.H. Clayton, United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas and chief prosecutor in the court of "hanging judge" Isaac Parker.
The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
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  • The house is beautiful and the history is fascinating. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodated us even though we did not arrive at a scheduled tour time. The only downside was when...  more »
  • This is a nice stop if you are viewing the local history of the area. The architecture of the house is grand and lets you step back into an era of yesterday.  more »
  • Beautiful house with a rich history and a lovely tour. The guide provides an informative and easy to understand tour and is able to engage all ages (it was me, my mom, and my 6 year old). All in all, it was a wonderful spot to learn a little more about the history of Fort Smith and we all enjoyed it immensely.
  • Nice historic building we rented for my daughters shower.

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