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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Christmas Open House

Christmas Open House

Saturday December 16th - 1:00pm - Saturday December 16th - 3:00pm

The Clayton House514 N 6th StFort Smith, AR72901 Map

Join us for our Christmas Open House
Saturday Dec 16th from 1:00-3:00
This is a free event for the entire family
We will have Cookies & Cider and Live Music
Pictures with Judge and Mrs Clayton

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Clayton Conversation: Homes with History

Clayton Conversation: Homes with History

Sunday December 17th - 2:00pm

The Clayton House

Jim and John will discuss their book, Homes with History, a photo-history book that tells the story of 200 iconic homes in Ft Smith. The book is filled with new and old pictures, as well as interior photos.
After the discussion, books will be available for purchase and signing.
Refreshments at 2PM Conversation at 230PM
$10 donation to attend Free for FSHF Members
Please call 479-783-3000 to reserve your spot!
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