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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Clayton Conversation: A Graveyard Adventure

Clayton Conversation: A Graveyard Adventure

Sunday April 21st - 2:00pm

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

Our conversation for April will be all about Headstone Symbolism! Have you ever wondered what a bird on a headstone means? Why is there an angel on some? Marcus Woodward will be on hand to answer those questions and many more!
We will start with refreshments at 2:00 and the Conversation will begin at 2:30,
This is a free event for FSHF members and a $10 donation for non-members.
Please call 479-783-3000 for reservations.
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Hats off to Mom! Mother's Day Tea

Hats off to Mom! Mother's Day Tea

Sunday May 12th - 12:30pm

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

Come join us at The Clayton House for a delightful afternoon celebrating all the amazing moms out there. Sip on delicious tea and showcase your best hat. Hats will be judged in three categories: Fanciest, Most Creative, and Craziest.
It's the perfect way to show your appreciation for the special women in your life. Don't miss out on this fun-filled event!

Tea Menu:
Assorted Tea Sandwiches
Fresh Fruit
Select Hot and Cold Teas
Call 479-783-3000 for reservations
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Sippin' On 6th Street

Sippin' On 6th Street

Friday June 7th - 6:30pm

101 N 11th St, Fort Smith, AR 72901-2445, United States Map

Mark your calendars!
Tickets go on sale 4/15

Everyone's favorite summer event is back in June this year and will be at The Bricks at Brunwick!!
Bourbon Tasting, Bourbon Pull, Dinner & Drinks, Live Music
Tickets are $100 and include Dinner, Drinks, & Entertainment!

116 interested  ·  8 interested
VIP Party

VIP Party

Thursday July 11th - 6:30pm - Thursday July 11th - 10:00pm

Help us kick-off Christmas in July
Jingle Jingle all the way
Let's dance the night away

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