The original Fort Curtis was built soon after the Union Army of the Southwest marched into Helena in 1862. This reconstructed Fort Curtis is a 3/4 scale replica of the original which allows visitors to experience an earthen fort firsthand. There are two impressive 24 pounder guns located inside the walls to give visitors an understanding of how large the guns were at this fort. Exhibits tell a story of the original fort which was actually located several blocks over in Helena and what went into the construction of the replica Fort Curtis. ReEnactors bring the Civil War to life throughout the year and can offer guided tours and presentations if contacted by your group ahead of time.
Fort Curtis plays host to several Civil War reenactments during the year including the Battle of Helena on July 4th. It is located directly in front of the Moor-Hornor House.
Volunteers often bring to life the stories from that violent time in our past.
Fort Curtis is operated by the Delta Cultural Center which is part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. It is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is public parking.