• 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.

Safety and Resource Protection Information

Safety Precautions

Fort Scott National Historic Site, like any historical or natural environment, contains certain inherent hazards that could spoil your group’s visit. The following precautions should be practiced to avoid accidents. Please review these with your class before your visit.

1. Running through the buildings, leaning on or sliding down banisters, and climbing on walls, wagons, artillery pieces and other features may cause serious injury and damage to historic resources.

2. Stairways are steep and walking surfaces are uneven in places. Have everyone watch their step and use the handrails.

3. During periods of rain and snow, exterior stairways are slippery and should not be used.

4. Seek shelter inside during thunderstorms, as lightning strikes are common. Staff will direct you to tornado shelters, should the need arise.

5. Keep a safe distance from weapons and animals during demonstrations.

6. Weather may be cold, windy or rainy. Many activities are outside. Dress accordingly.

Following these safety precautions will help to assure a safe and enjoyable trip to Fort Scott National Historic Site.

 

Resource Protection

One of the missions of the National Park Service is to protect and preserve the resources. You can help us fulfil this goal by observing these regulations:

1. Eat only in designated areas. No food or drink in buildings.

2. Do not collect grasses, flowers, or historic artifacts. Leave historic artifacts where you find them and notify a ranger.

3. Help us to protect our grounds and prairie grasses. Stay on existing walkways and avoid areas that are roped off or flagged.

4. Remain outside of barricaded areas. Reaching in or leaning over barricades will set off security alarms

5.Help keep our grounds free of litter. Dispose of all trash in appropriate containers.

6. Respect your national historic site. Leave only footprints and take only photographs and memories.

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.