The Clayton House


Although built in the 1850s, it was only in the 1880s that the house was transformed into this eight-room Italianate Gothic mansion. William Henry Harrison Clayton lived here with his large family between 1882 and 1897 while serving as a federal prosecutor. On 30- to 60-minute tours, you’ll see the formal areas as well as the sitting room, study, and upstairs bedrooms—all beautifully restored and furnished.

The grounds are equally well maintained, with an old-fashioned herb garden and a gazebo. It’s easy to imagine the lives of the Victorian-era owners. Indeed, you might not have to merely imagine them. Some people claim to have been touched when no one was near them. Others have heard heavy footsteps or slamming doors. Still others have seen the ghostly figure of a well-coiffed gray-haired woman.


514 N. 6th St.
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901


35.39141400, -94.42082500

Open Hours

Sept.--May: Sat. noon--4, Sun. 1--4. June--Aug.: Fri.--Sat. noon--4, Sun. 1--4.
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(479) 783-3000

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