A Rare Respite

Watercolor captures short sabbatical in old Fort Smith

Posted: February 25, 2018 at 1 a.m.

This 1820 Samuel Seymour watercolor is called “Fort Smith Arkansaw.” It is considered the “only known image of the first Fort Smith” and is on loan from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Coll.820).

Given that Fort Smith will spend this year celebrating its 200th birthday, the Fort Smith Museum of History has found the perfect image in celebration: Artist Samuel Seymour's 1820 watercolor painting titled "Fort Smith Arkansaw" -- the only known image of the original wooden Fort Smith, built by the earliest soldiers stationed in the area around December of 1817 -- will be hanging in the museum for viewing through March 31. It's on loan to the museum from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.


‘Fort Smith Arkansaw’:

An 1820 rendering of the first Fort Smith

WHEN — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; through March 31

WHERE — Fort Smith Museum of History, 320 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith

COST — $2-$7

INFO — 783-7841

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