• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

Children's Activities - 1847 Regulations

Children

There are no regulations in the 1847 Army General Regulations regarding children. Children were an integral part of life at the fort. Officers and their wives and laundresses brought their children with them to the frontier. The children received some schooling; those of the lower class helped with chores, and they explored, fished, hunted and played.

Having the children at the fort would have made army life more bearable for the parents stationed here but undoubtedly, added some anxiety for the children's safety and well-being.

 
 
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Officers Quarters that later became the Goodlander Home for Children

After Fort Scott was abandoned by the army in 1853, the buildings were sold at public auction, and the fort became the town of Fort Scott. One of the officers' quarters eventually became the Goodlander Home for Children. For about fifty years, orphans and other needy children were cared for here.