The Chaffee Crossing Historic District is a walkable showcase of history that echoes the vital role that Fort Chaffee played in American military history beginning in WWII. Visitors are able to walk the grounds and tour original buildings where thousands of soldiers have lived and trained for battles like WWII and Vietnam.
Key Attractions Include:
- Elvis Barbershop Museum: Here, Elvis received the haircut heard around the world after being drafted into the Army and was sent to Fort Chaffee Army Base in 1958.
- Enchanted Chapel: The Enchanted Wedding Chapel is a historic military chapel at Chaffee Crossing. It was built in 1942. Design features include a 20 ft. cathedral ceiling, entry room and pews that seat up to 250 people. The chapel is accented with pew bows, lighted trees, topiaries, greenery, flowers, and a unity candle stand. There is a separate bridal lounge now available that is newly renovated and very large. Every wedding couple receives the use of on-staff bridal consultants, music coordinator, designer, and has the opportunity to use the eccentric Reverend Steven Holyfield or personal minister of choice. Call (479) 478-0225 for more information.
- Enchanted Doll Museum: This museum is unique to Chaffee Crossing. It is a privately owned collection of more than 5,000 dolls from all over the globe. Call (479) 478-0225 for museum hours.
- Fort Chaffee Barracks Museum: Plans are underway to open a Chaffee Barracks Museum in the building where Elvis Presley slept during his tenure at Fort Chaffee. The museum will house exhibits dedicated to the people who have passed through Fort Chaffee including American soldiers, World War II German P.O.W.s, Cuban refugees and Vietnamese refugees.
- Maness School House: The Maness School House, completed in February 1937, is the only building in the entire area that was not moved or destroyed when the Department of Defense acquired 72,000 acres to build Camp Chaffee. German POW's built the back porch in 1943. The school was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 29, 2003.
- 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.
Distance from Convention Center:8.5 mi.
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- William O. Darby RV Community (0.1 mi.)
- Elvis Barbershop Museum (0.2 mi.)
- Fort Smith Brewing Company (0.2 mi.)
- Fort Chaffee WMA (0.3 mi.)
- Chaffee Crossing Pickleball Complex (0.8 mi.)
- Deer Trails Country Club (0.9 mi.)
- Arkansas River Valley Nature Center (1.6 mi.)
- Wells Lake Fishing (1.9 mi.)
- Chad Colley Trail (2.0 mi.)
- StoneHouse at Chaffee Crossing (2.0 mi.)
Free parking is available at the location.