• 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.


Refugees at Fort Scott during the Civil War. Some of the many people who influenced Fort Scott's history.

People of Fort Scott during the Civil War.

Artist, Hugh Brown

Part of the story of Fort Scott is the story of the people who lived in the area; people who often had incompatible goals. This incompatibility often resulted in conflict, but sometimes led to greater understanding and acceptance. Two groups in particular who were disdained by many, through their courage and determination earned respect. American Indians and African Americans at Fort Scott played a role throughout Fort Scott's history and ended up as soldiers fighting alongside some of the people who had doubted their abilities. Some of their stories can be explored in the following pages.

Did You Know?

A coyote in Kansas

During their free time, the officers enjoyed hunting. Captain Swords wrote "everybody here is hunting mad, hunting and dogs constitute their thoughts by day and dreams by night" Of another officer, Swords said that "wolf chasing and duck hunting" were the only things that reconciled him to the place