Military History in Northwest Arkansas

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Fort Chaffee Barber Shop Museum
Fort Chaffee Barber Shop Museum

Military History in Northwest Arkansas

History buffs, it’s time to flex your military knowledge. This two-day tour starts at Pea Ridge National Military Park and finishes at one of only two national cemeteries in the South where Confederate and Union soldiers were buried alongside one another. Chaffee Crossing Historic District in Fort Smith is a “walkable showcase of America’s military,” beginning with WWII. See where Elvis Presley got his first G.I. haircut, tour the Museum of Chaffee History and explore the River Valley Nature Center, all in Chaffee Crossing. 

Two Day Military History Tour

Tip: Click each day to see the full itinerary

Day 1 - Explore Pea Ridge, Prairie Grove and the Arkansas Air and Military Museum

9:00 AM

Driving Cell Phone TourPea Ridge National Military Park 

15930 East, US-62, Garfield, AR 72732

10:30 AM

Drive to Fayetteville - 45 mins

11:15 AM

Lunch – Sassy's House BBQ & Grille

708 North College, Fayetteville, AR 72701

12:30 PM

Walking Tour – Arkansas Air and Military Museum

4290 South School Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 7270

1:30 PM

Drive to Prairie Grove - 20 mins

2:00 PM

Walking/Driving Tour – Prairie Grove State Park

506 East Douglas Street, Prairie Grove, AR 72753

4:30 PM

Drive to Fort Smith - 1 hr

5:30 PM

Check into Bed and Breakfast – Michael's Mansion

2900 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901 

6:30 PM

Dinner & Drinks – Doe's Eat Place

N. 3rd & E Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901

8:30 PM

Return to Bed and Breakfast – Michael's Mansion

2900 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901  

Day 2 - Tour the Chaffee Crossing Historic District

8:00 AM

Breakfast – Michael's Mansion

2900 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901

9:00 AM

Historic District – Chaffee Crossing Historic District

7313 Terry Street – Fort Smith, AR 72916

9:30 AM

History Museum – Fort Chaffee Barracks Museum

7313 Terry Street, Fort Smith, AR 72916

10:00 AM

History Museum – Museum of Chaffee History

7313 Terry St., Fort Smith, AR 72916

10:30 AM

History Museum – Vietnam Veterans Museum

7313 Terry St., Fort Smith, AR 72916

11:00 AM

Nature Center – River Valley Nature Center

8300 Wells Lake Road, Fort Smith, AR 72923

11:30 AM

Historic School – Maness School House

8801 Wells Lake Road, Fort Smith, AR 72923

12:00 PM

Military Chapel – Enchanted Chapel

12001 Ward St., Fort Smith, AR 72916

12:30 PM

Lunch – River City Deli

7320 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72903

2:00 PM

Soda Fountain – Prince Drug Store

1112 Towson Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901

3:00 PM

Historic Cemetery – Fort Smith National Cemetery

Garland at South 6th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72902

 

Let’s See Some Action!

If you plan your trip to Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park right, you can witness Arkansas’s largest Civil War reenactment held biannually on even-numbered years. The reenactment is held on the historic battlefield and includes medical and drill demonstrations from Union and Confederate Armies. The next demonstration is the first weekend of December 2020.

 

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