The Clayton House

The Clayton House

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Debbie and I recently had afternoon high tea at the Clayton House and we overwhelmingly give it 5 stars. We have had high tea at numerous hotels and specialty houses and this one was by far the top best. Sarah gave us a brilliant tour of the home and its history and Mila put on a spectacular event for us. The food was outstanding and the atmosphere in the old home made it that much better. Thanks again Sarah and Mila for a wonderful afternoon and a memory that will always be with us of your hospitality. Cheers!
I had a great time tonight at the Haunted Happy Hour event, thank you so much for allowing me to come and speak to y'all. The work that you are doing in preserving the house and the history is truly awesome. Thanks again for having me 🙂
Yesterday's program was excellent!!!! Thank you.
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The Clayton House is Fort Smith's Victorian-era home beautifully restored & open to the public. Tours start at the top of the hour:Tues-Sat 12-3 & Sun 1-3 (last tour 3-4)

Preserving and sharing the rich beauty and history of the Clayton House is the mission of the Fort Smith Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The home is restored as it was when the U.S. District Attorney of the Western District of Arkansas -- serving in the famous court of Judge Parker -- lived here and raised six daughters and a son with his Southern Belle wife. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Clayton House serves as the centerpiece of Fort Smith's Belle Grove Historic District and as a unique part of the historical offerings that share Fort Smith's history as a frontier town bordering lawless Indian Territory.

This wood frame antebellum home first stood in the 1850s and was then purchased in 1876 by W.H.H. Clayton. Two years earlier, the Pennsylvania native had moved with his family from Pine Bluff, AR to Fort Smith upon being appointed by President Ulysses Grant as the U. S. District Attorney of the Western District of Arkansas. Clayton remodeled and enlarged the home and moved his family into the grand Victorian structure in 1882. Eight rooms plus a detached kitchen and servant quarters tell the story of upper-middle-class life in Fort Smith during this era. Although the Clayton family moved most of their furnishings in 1897 when Clayton became Judge of the U.S. Court of the Central District of Indian Territory, the house is fully furnished with exact period pieces. This is in thanks to the donation by the estate of Ms. Agnes Oglesby, a resident of Fort Smith who knew the Claytons. Ms. Oglesby lived from 1874 to 1979.

Mission: The Clayton House serves as an educational tool to reveal Fort Smith's colorful frontier history and the esteemed work and life of the federal prosecutor of the famous court of Judge Isaac C. Parker -- Mr. W.H.H. Clayton -- to our residents as well as to visitors from around the world.

Operating as usual

We still have a few tickets available for Saturday night!

A big Thank you to First National Bank for their support of Murder and Mayhem Progressive Dinner and Tour as our Dinner Sponsor!! Tickets go on sale Tuesday October 6th at 9:00 am and can by purchased until 11:00 by phone at ‭(479) 783-3000‬ or by dropping by The Clayton House at 514 N Sixth St between 9:00-11:00 am on October 6. Thank you FNB for supporting the Fort Smith Museum of History, Bonneville House, and Clayton House!!

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[10/06/20]   It's almost 9!!! Tickets go on sale in 40 mins!!

[10/05/20]   Tickets for Murder & Mayhem go on sale tomorrow morning! You can purchase in-person and on the phone from 9am-11am.
If there are any remaining tickets they will post on Eventbrite at noon!
514 N 6th Street Fort Smith
479-783-3000
The Bonneville House Association
Fort Smith Museum of History

We are so excited to be hosting this event again this year with Fort Smith Museum of History and the Bonneville House!

Thank you Arvest Bank for supporting Murder & Mayhem Progressive Tour as a Presenting Sponsor!! Tickets go on sale Tuesday at 9:00 am and can by purchased by phone at ‭(479) 783-3000‬ or by dropping by The Clayton House at 514 N Sixth St! Thank you Arvest for supporting the Fort Smith Museum of History, Bonneville House, and Clayton House!!

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[09/24/20]   One of the questions we get a lot is
"Is The Clayton House haunted?"
If you would like to find out for yourself, gather your team and give us call!
We have two different options for your paranormal rental. Give us a call at 479-783-3000 and book yours!

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Entertainment Fort Smith Magazine

Look what our friends at Fort Smith Museum of History are doing! This will be an interesting one!

Tickets are still on sale for "The Trial of Maud Allen, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 18, a Fort Smith Museum of History presentation of an actual 1890s trial held in Federal Court in Fort Smith.

Entertainment Fort Smith magazine notes the upcoming event in its September issue. Two corrections are necessary to the details published:

– The program will be held in the 2nd floor event room of the Fort Smith Museum of History, 320 Rogers Avenue.

– It is presented by volunteers who serve the Fort Smith Museum of History.

Maud Allen was tried for sending letters with obscene content through the U.S. Mail. They were sent to the wife of a Fort Smith businessman with whom it was alleged Maud was having an affair. The charge was “sending pornography through the mail,” a federal offense.

As the transcript of this actual trial contains adult language and concepts, only those older than 21 may attend. $25 includes refreshments. Purchase by phone at 479-783-7841 or online at fortsmithmuseum.org

[09/03/20]   We will be closed this Sat & Sun, Sept 5 & 6, for a private event. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

Check out this amazing program from our friends at the U.S. Marshals Museum!

ATTENTION! Teachers and Students!

Getting ready to start your #NationalHistoryDay program this year? This year we will be offering virtual #NHD workshops for students/classes via Zoom! These 30 minute sessions will be on Thursdays in September at 1:00pm (Central). Topics will be as follows:
September 3: The Theme: Communication in History
September 10: Reaching Out for Primary Sources
September 17: Annotated Bibliographies w/ Dr. Kristen Mann (UALR)
September 24: The New Rule Book!

Registration is required. Email [email protected] to sign up your class! You do not have to sign up for all four sessions.

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We are honored to have been nominated and would greatly appreciate your vote!

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We are honored to be considered in the Local Tourist Attraction category!

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The Clayton House's cover photo

The Clayton House's cover photo

Looking down the grand staircase.
Photo Credit Allison Kinsey

[08/15/20]   Shout out to Ellis Landscape Services!! They make sure The Clayton House lawns are looking their best!! Thank you!

[08/11/20]   We will be closed this weekend, Aug 15 & 16, for a special event. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

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We had two special visitors yesterday. William's great-great grandson, Clayton Kaeiser, and great-great-great granddaughter, Lilah.

swtimes-ar.newsmemory.com Clayton House Executive Director, Mila Masur, left, talks about the restored Italianate-style mansion history with Clayton Kaeiser and his daughter, Lilah, 13, during their visit to Fort Smith to learn more about William Henry Harrison Clayton, Kaeiser’s great-great-grandfather. In the 1880’s Cl...

[07/25/20]   Reminder: we will be closed today, July 25th and Tuesday, July 28th for special events.

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Powell Clayton

Can you spot William, Florence and The Clayton House?
Check out William's great-great grandson talking about Powell.

My great great great grandfather's brother. Description Powell Foulk Clayton was an American politician and diplomat who served as a Radical Republican Gover...

[07/02/20]   We will be closed July 3-5 so our staff can spend the holiday with their families. We will reopen Tuesday, July 7 at noon.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

[06/30/20]   Looking for something to do today? Stop by for a tour. We are open today from 12-4.

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Powell Clayton

William's Great-Great Grandson, Clayton Kaeiser, talking about Powell Clayton. Check it out!

My great great great grandfather's brother. Description Powell Foulk Clayton was an American politician and diplomat who served as a Radical Republican Gover...

Fort Smith National Historic Site

Today is Juneteenth! A celebration of freedom 🎉

On June 19, 1865, US Brigadier General Gordon Granger and his troops landed at Galveston, Texas confirming the news that the Civil War had ended and that enslaved African Americans were now free. Prior to Granger’s arrival, the US military presence in Texas was too weak to enforce President Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Two months after General Lee’s surrender in Virginia, Union forces were strong enough to act as a liberating force for enslaved African Americans throughout the state.

Although the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in December 1865 ultimately abolished slavery in all areas of the nation, Juneteenth captured the jubilation of the end of slavery in the Confederacy. In 1980, Juneteenth became an official state holiday in Texas and has since been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.

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All Spiffed Up: Clayton House ready to welcome back guests

We have reopened!

arkansasonline.com Since announcing their closure in response to covid-19 in March, the historic Clayton House in Fort Smith has had a busy spring. With no tours and no guests, the staff of mostly part-time employees was able to really dig into “spring cleaning” mode.

WOW! This is a beautiful photo from our herb garden! Arkansas River Valley Master Gardeners do an amazing job.

[06/13/20]   Today is the day! We reopen at 12:00!

[06/03/20]   The Clayton House will reopen to the public on Saturday, June 13th, 2020.
Our guided tours will be shortened to 25 minutes and will start on the hour and half hour. Since it is not possible to properly sanitize our banister, the second floor will remain closed.
Per the Arkansas directives and the CDC guidelines:

*Hands must be sanitized upon entry
*Masks will be required at all times while in the museum
*Only 1 “family group” per tour
*Social distancing measures will be in place

The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers is our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding and patience.

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Coronavirus: Best US cities for a staycation, according to WalletHub

Fort Smith is #6! The Clayton House is one of the great historical offerings for your Staycation.
The Clayton House will reopen to the public on Saturday, June 13th, 2020.
Our guided tours will be shortened to 25 minutes and will start on the hour and half hour. Since it is not possible to properly sanitize our banister, the second floor will remain closed.
Per the Arkansas directives and the CDC guidelines:
Hands must be sanitized upon entry
Masks will be required at all times while in the museum
Only 1 “family group” per tour
Social distancing measures will be in place
The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers is our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding and patience.

usatoday.com WalletHub put together the best and worst cities for staycations in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Powell Clayton

William's Great-Great Grandson, Clayton Kaeiser, talking about Powell Clayton. Check it out!

My great great great grandfather's brother. Description Powell Foulk Clayton was an American politician and diplomat who served as a Radical Republican Gover...

[05/22/20]   Clayton Fun Fact:
Of his friend William Clayton, George Tilles said,

"Judge William H.H. Clayton was the most remarkable man I ever knew, perhaps the best man I have ever known. He was a man whose character was without blemish, of vigorous mentality, strong and forceful, ever striving, ever doing what he considered to be right."

We are proud to be the keepers of his legacy.

During the closure, we have been going through old files and pictures. These are from when the Arkansas River Valley Master Gardeners first built our herb gardens! Some of the same members maintain our gardens today.

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W.H.H. Clayton

Judge Clayton's great-great grandson, Clayton Keaiser has a YouTube video discussing William. Check it out here:

William Henry Harrison Clayton best known as W. H. H. Clayton (October 13, 1840 – December 14, 1920) was an American lawyer and judge in post-Civil War Arkan...

The flag currently flying at The Clayton House was flown over Antietam to honor William H.H. Clayton's service as a Union soldier in that battle.

Thank you Gene Smith from Smith Hardwood Floors!! He fixed our retaining wall. We are so lucky to have amazing community partners!

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514 N 6th St
Fort Smith, AR
72901

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Enter this magnificent Victorian home and experience the grandeur of the era in Fort Smith. Step back in time as you experience the romantic ambience of the double-doored entry, the grand black walnut staircase, the drawing room, music parlor, dining room and Mr. Clayton's study. See the side carriage entrance to his study through which many a dignitary and Deputy U.S. Marshal passed, as Mr. Clayton had charge of more than 10,000 cases tried before Judge Parker's court. Four rooms and a day-use landing upstairs reveal the elegant furnishings and everyday artifacts of the late 1800s era. Tours for Clayton House members are free and are $6 for adults $5 for seniors & $3 for ages 6-17. Touring hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 - 4 p.m. Memberships, vital to the museum's operations, begin at $50 and include newsletters, rental discounts and more.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 16:00
Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00
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