Welcome to The Clayton House

Located in Fort Smith, Arkansas

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.


The Clayton House provides a step back to 1882, the year William Henry Harrison Clayton moved his family into the antebellum home that he doubled in size and shaped into an Italianate-style masterpiece. Coal-burning fireplaces and period furnishings in each room place you in a time that featured no indoor plumbing or electricity, but that was rich with austerity. Our guided tour provides a perspective of the mission to bring law and justice to the area from the home of the chief prosecutor of the famous court of Judge Isaac C. Parker.

Please browse our website for details on the history of the home and Mr. Clayton and his family, as well as our event rental options. The Clayton House is maintained and operated by the nonprofit Fort Smith Heritage Foundation, which led its restoration after saving the home from demolition in 1969. We thank you for your support of the Clayton House, as well as your participation in our many programs and events.


Coming Up at The Clayton House

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Fall Festival

Fall Festival

Saturday October 8th - 11:00am - Saturday October 8th - 4:00pm

514 N 6th St, Fort Smith, AR 72901-2006, United States Map

Come help us celebrate William H.H. Clayton's birthday.
In conjunction with the fall festival at the National Historic Site and the Museum of History, we will be celebrating the Judge's birthday with cupcakes, lawn games, crafts and kid's activities!

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Murder & Mayhem

Murder & Mayhem

Friday October 21st - 5:30pm - Friday October 21st - 9:00pm+1Saturday October 22nd - 5:30pm - Saturday October 22nd - 9:00pm

Downtown Fort Smith

The Hayride and Progressive Dinner features haunted and gruesome stories from years past. Guests will meet at the Bonneville House at 5:30 and load up for the hayride to the museum. The stories begin at the Fort Smith Museum of History with drinks, appetizers and ghost stories--then a short jaunt to the "Gallows" for a chance encounter with spirits left behind.
The hayride returns to the Belle Grove Historic District for an Al fresco dinner at the Bonneville House. After dinner we will stroll the streets of Belle Grove to hear gruesome historic facts and eerie local legends. The evening winds down with a decadent dessert at The Clayton House and a few more haunted tales.

As this is primarily an outdoor event, please wear comfy shoes and dress accordingly.
Tickets are $125 and include 3 course dinner, beverages (including our famous Paranormal Punch), ghost stories and a souvenir lantern.
Must be 21 to attend
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Gaslight Gala

Gaslight Gala

Friday December 2nd - 6:30pm

514 N 6th St, Fort Smith, AR 72901-2006, United States Map

The Fort Smith Heritage Foundation, responsible for the preservation of The Clayton House, will hold its annual Gaslight Gala on Friday, Dec 2nd from 6:30-10:00pm. More details will be shared soon.

Sponsorships and Table Sponsors available.

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