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.
Inside the visitor center, students can pick up lasting reminders of their visit at the site's bookstore. Sales items include books, postcards, maps and posters. There are also several historically reproduced souvenirs such as jaw harps, Civil War kepis, and hardtack.
The orientation program gives a good overview of the site's history. The program lasts 23 minutes. Groups of 10 or less may watch the program in the auditorium in the museum. Larger groups may request to view the program in a larger room on the second floor of the visitor center. Arrangements should be made in advance for the larger room.
Exhibits-Indoor and Outdoor
As you tour the site, you will see several outdoor wayside exhibits that portray various stories from the site's thirty-one year history. Additionally, thirty-one historically furnished rooms give a picture of life at Fort Scott in the 1840s.
Three different areas of the site house museum exhibits.
• The infantry barracks museum, located next to the visitor center, has exhibits that address the site's history.
Did You Know?
From 1869-73, soldiers were stationed near Fort Scott to protect a railroad being built through this area. Soldiers fought squatters who had formed an armed resistance to the railroad. This was one of few times in U.S. history that the army took up arms against civilians.