• 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.

Onsite Activities

Souvenir items available for sale at Fort Scott

Display of souvenir items available for sale at Fort Scott

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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.

Orientation Program

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.
• A room of exhibits in the dragoon barracks is dedicated to the soldiers of Fort Scott.
• The third area is the Wilson-Goodlander home, a former officers' quarters that dates back to the 1840s. The evolution of the building and construction techniques are featured here.

Did You Know?

Quartermaster Function at Fort Scott

At Fort Scott, several of the boxes and barrels are marked Fort Scott, MO. Not actually in Missouri, the fort was located four miles west, in what was then unorganized territory. The army used Fort Scott, MO as a shipping address to assure that supplies made it to the right place.