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Step Back in Time at Fort C.F. Smith Park in Arlington

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Fort C.F. Smith Park in Arlington is well known among local history buffs for the preserved Civil War fort that gives the park its name, as well as the Civil War Visitor Center (open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) that displays artifacts from nearby archaeological research projects and offers educational programming for kids. But there’s lots more to the 19-acre site just north of the Spout Run Parkway than its national historical attractions. You’ll also find the Hendry House, a restored 20th-century mansion at the center of the park, which is a popular venue for weddings and special events.

The adjoining outdoor arboretum, especially the ornamental peace garden showcases a wide variety of trees and shrubs and provides the backdrop for many picnics and casual dates (not to mention a ton of selfies). Wildlife lovers will discover plenty of native birds and animals, including deer, fox, orioles, owls, and more, along the shaded trails.