• 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 Sutler-Tools of the Trade

Sutler Display Display BinsBottlesBoxesShelvesBarrelsCounter

The tools of the sutler's trade that are on display in the sutler store at Fort Scott include the following:

  • Counter and Shelves-For displaying his goods.
  • Boxes and Barrels-For storing foodstuff and other items.
  • Checkerboard-Since the sutler's store was also a recreation room for the soldiers, most sutlers had checkerboards and pool tables.
  • Chalkboard-For displaying prices.
  • Scales-For weighing all items sold in bulk-nails, hard candy, etc.
  • Ledgers-Probably the most valuable of the sutler's tools were his ledgers, which he used to keep track of what goods he sold, and how much he was owed by individual soldiers.
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Did You Know?

Montgomery's Raid on Fort Scott

Politics made strange bedfellows. John Little, a proslavery man, was shot to death at his father's store, by free state men who raided Fort Scott in December 1858. A friend, George Crawford, a free state man, was staying with Little that night. Crawford had once been the target of proslavery men.