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The Clayton House

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As you walk through the doors of this magnificent home, you step back in time to an era of elegance. This wood frame antebellum home served from 1882-1897 as the family home of William Henry Harrison Clayton, the federal prosecutor in the famed frontier court of Judge Isaac C. Parker. 

Mr. Clayton purchased the home (originally built in the 1850s) and enlarged and renovated it in the Victorian Gothic Italianate style, moving his family into the home in 1882. The home has eight main rooms, each containing an ornate coal-burning fireplace. A semi-detached servants’ quarters and kitchen have been reconstructed on the original foundation.

Today, you can view the intricate original design of the formal parlor fresco; beautiful woodwork throughout the home; the large, airy spaces in which the family of six daughters and one son once lived, played and worked; and several Clayton family belongings. The home’s 6,000-plus square feet include a formal parlor, sitting room, study, formal dining room, upstairs landing common area, and four bedrooms. Special features include the original, tall, cypress double front doors; a massive and elegant original black walnut staircase; and Victorian-style bay windows.
514 North 6th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901