• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

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  • Exhibits Closed

    Beginning Monday August 25, the infantry barracks museum will be closed for remodeling and to prepare for a new theater and exhibits. Work is expected to be completed by spring of 2015. The site's movie will be played in the visitor center upon request.

Eating on the Grounds

School groups may bring their own refreshments and are allowed to eat at the historic site either before or after their visit.

Groups visiting during the "Sweep Through History" program may use the Grand Hall which can seat up to 100 students. Its use is quite popular, so teachers attending this program should call in advance to reserve this space for their group. Due to logistics, this is the only program during which the Grand Hall will be available for use.

Groups eating in the Grand Hall are responsible for cleaning it afterward. This includes throwing away all the trash and sweeping the floor. A broom and dustpan, trash cans, and a recycling bin for aluminum cans will be provided.

A picnic area is also available for small groups. This is available on a first come first serve basis. There are four picnic tables in this area.

There are also city parks in the area to eat at, with the largest of these being Gunn Park. Visit this link for more information http://www.fortscott.com/visitors/outdoor_activities.asp

Did You Know?

Col. George Croghan

Colonel George Croghan, the inspector general, visited the fort in 1844. He praised living conditions, but disliked the layout. He remarked that the hospital "interrupted in the most offensive way, the only refreshing summer breezes" One author doubted that any building could stop a Kansas wind.