• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

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    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.

Post Construction - Tools of the Trade

Tools Collage FroeMaulAdzeBroadaxeChisel

The tools which would be used in a construction include the following:

  • Adze: an ax like tool for trimming and smoothing wood with a curved metal blade at right angles to the handle.
  • Broad ax: an ax with a very wide blade which is used for hand hewing timbers.
  • Froe: a metal wedge shaped tool used for making shingles.
  • Maul: a wooden mallet used for striking a froe when making shingles.
  • Chisel: A tool used to cut or carve holes in the beam, generally for cutting holes for the joints.

 
 
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Did You Know?

Captain Thomas Swords

Captain Thomas Swords, the quartermaster in charge of building Fort Scott, said that the other officers were of no assistance in planning and designing the fort and that "none of them can draw a straight line even with the assistance of a ruler".