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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Sippin' On 6th Street

Sippin' On 6th Street

Saturday June 3rd - 6:30pm

TempleLive Fort Smith200 N 11th StFort Smith, AR72901 Map

It’s time for Judge Clayton’s annual soiree!
Enjoy a BBQ feast prepared by Bruce Terri catering while listening to live music by Thestuccoman. Wet your whistle with our famous “Prosecutor’s Punch” or at the bourbon tasting table.
Think you can go 8 seconds on the mechanical bull??
A gun raffle, and bourbon pull add to the entertainment offerings.
The evening will finish with a Live auction featuring guns from Cooper's Gun Shop and amazing trip opportunities.
Following us for more details.
Tickets are $75 and include your dinner, signature beverages, and your chance to win the door prize.

Sponsorships available!
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Clayton Conversation: Stained Glass, Chalk Boards & Cash Registers

Clayton Conversation: Stained Glass, Chalk Boards & Cash Registers

Sunday June 11th - 2:00pm

The Clayton House

Jim and John will discuss their book Stained Glass, Chalk Boards, & Cash Registers. This is a fabulous book designed to preserve the town's history by telling a story with word and photos.
Free for FSHF members
$10 donation for non-members
Refreshments 2:00pm Conversation 230pm
Call 479-783-3000 for reservations or more information.

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