• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

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.

 
 
Hewing a Log
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Did You Know?

Park volunteer, Anatika Timmons-Lee (now deceased) portrays Anna in a dramatic presentation.

Many officers at Fort Scott in the 1840s owned slaves. One particular slave, Anna, was rented to Hiero Wilson, post sutler. Born free and educated, she was kidnapped into slavery in 1820, In 1849, she regained her freedom, married, operated a hotel in Eastern Kansas, and later became a pioneer.