Museums in Chaffee

 

Chaffee Barbershop Museum

 

7313 Terry St. Bldg. #803, Fort Smith, AR

Open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, except on national holidays.

Admission is FREE!

 

For Tours and additional information, contact Rod Williamson, Museum Curator, at 479.434.6776.

 

On March 25, 1958, Elvis Presley walked into the Fort Chaffee Barbershop to receive his iconic G.I buzz cut that was dubbed "the haircut heard 'round the world." Since its creation in 2008, the Chaffee Barbershop Museum has welcomed visitors from all over the world. A celebration on the 51st anniversary of Elvis’ haircut drew 250 guests from multiple states. News reporters and relatives of Elvis’ barber entertained the crowd by recalling the events of that fateful day. The newspaper camera used to take photos that day, actual television news coverage video and other memorabilia including a letter from the National Archives are on display. Guests will experience a 1950's era barbershop that looks exactly like it did the day that "the King" strolled through the doors. 

 

Located in the heart of the Chaffee Crossing museum district, the barbershop has been restored to its condition in 1958 when thousands of U.S. Army enlistees received their signature army buzz cut. It also houses a historical museum with photos and artifacts documenting the 70-year history of Fort Chaffee. Items on display include memorabilia from the base that was used by the United States Army to house German prisoners of war, Cuban refugees and relocated Vietnamese citizens.

 

 

 

Click here to download the Chaffee Barbershop Museum brochure.

 


Museum of Chaffee History

 

7313 Terry St. Bldg. #805, Fort Smith, AR

Open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, except on national holidays.

Admission is FREE!

Tours of this museum are included with tours of the Chaffee Barbershop Museum

 

The Museum of Chaffee History houses the largest collection of Fort Chaffee artifacts in the United States. The museum contains extensive photographs, documents and displays that chronicle Fort Chaffee’s role in five wars, multiple resettlement operations, major motion pictures and other aspects of U.S. Army history. The Camp Chaffee Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

 

Also on hand, is memorabilia from the movies “Biloxi Blues”, “The Tuskegee Airmen” and “A Soldier’s Story” which were all filmed at Fort Chaffee.

 

 

 


Vietnam Veterans Museum

Local Vietnam Veterans have helped create this tribute to those who served in the Vietnam War. An Army personnel carrier and helicopter sit just outside the museum for the public to view up close.

 

Tours are available by appointment only. Call (479) 478-0110 for more information.

 


Hardwood Tree Museum

In April 2016, 22 acres of land in Chaffee Crossing were selected to be the future home of the Hardwood Tree Museum. The development of the site and outdoor activities will be coordinated with the Janet Huckabee Nature Center.

The Hardwood Tree Association’s mission is to acquire, preserve, exhibit and interpret the hardwood tree and objects produced from them that are of historical significance and relevant to sustaining and improving the quality of life in our Nation.

 


Chaffee Crossing Veterans Memorial Plaza

The Chaffee Crossing Veterans Memorial Plaza in the heart of the beautiful Chaffee Crossing Historic District will preserve the memories of those impacted by Fort Chaffee since 1941. Now YOU can mark your own place in history with a personalized engraved brick to honor a Chaffee veteran, a family member, a friend or a business that will become part of the plaza pathway.
Click here to learn more!

 

Recent News


Jan 11, 2019

Chaffee Crossing-based Arkansas Colleges of Health Education president Kyle Parker gave some insight into the future developments planned for the campus. They include asking locals to help medical students fall in love with the community so they will stay and practice in the region after graduation.


Jan 11, 2019

In a Western Arkansas Intermodal Authority board meeting on January 9, 2019, executive director Mat Pitsch told the board the I-49 project is not dead even though a letter from ARDOT director Scott Bennett reports that the HNTB study determined tolling would not support the cost of constructing 13.5 miles of interstate and a new bridge across the Arkansas River between Chaffee Crossing and Alma, Arkansas.

"Looking at bigger projects, Pitsch told the board that ARDOT Director Scott Bennett had a study done on the feasibility of a bridge and a roughly 13-mile section of I-49 north of Fort Chaffee that would connect Highway 22 in Sebastian County and the I-40/I-49 interchange in Crawford County to be a toll system. The timing for that section of the interstate would have to be started within the next five years," he said.

“No one wanted to commit to a 13-mile section, but by doing it the way he did, he could see who might be interested in a toll contract on the highway without having to commit to starting the entire project,” Pitsch said. “It was a very smart way to do it. We don’t know if any of the (interstate) will be toll, but by using funds for the study, it was a commitment that construction on that section would have to be started within five years.”


Jan 10, 2019

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education announced plans to develop a healing garden and wellness park on their campus.


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