Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Clayton House in Fort Smith, Arkansas

I learned today that one of our regional financial executives in International Paper is a descendant, or at least a relative, of the Mr. Clayton who built this house.

This wood frame antebellum home served from 1882-1897 as the family home of William Henry Harrison Clayton, the federal prosecutor in the court of celebrated frontier judge Isaac C. Parker.
     Mr. Clayton purchased the home, originally built in the 1850s, and enlarged and renovated it, moving his family into the home in 1882. The home has eight main rooms, each containing an ornate coal-burning firplace. The detached servants' quarters and kitchen have been reconstructed on the original foundation.

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