Forging a Nation: Fort Scott in the Mid Nineteenth Century

Promises made and broken! A town attacked at dawn! Thousands made homeless by war! Soldiers fighting settlers! Each of these stories is a link in the chain of events that encircled Fort Scott from 1842-1873. All of the site's structures, its parade ground, and its tallgrass prairie bear witness to this era when the country was forged from a young republic into a united transcontinental nation.

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Features

30 star Flag on Parade Ground.

Visiting the Site

Fort Scott is a restored 1840s military fort that tells the story of the site's role in Westward Expansion, Bleeding Kansas, and the Civil War.

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President Lincoln portrait

Civil War Encampment

Commemorate the end of the Civil War on April 18 and 19 and relive the tragedy of the Lincoln assassination in an evening program on April 18.

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Park Ranger Robert Thomas presents Civil War Education Program

Spring Education Programs

School programs have been developed at Fort Scott to serve the needs of students from grades K-8. Reservations now being taken.

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Laundress Demonstration during Life on the Frontier in 2010

Virtual Resource Center

The virtual resource center is a research aid to students and volunteers preparing education and living history programs about 1840s frontier life.

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Collage of Trading Cards

Trading Cards for Kids

Discover more than 500 stories about America's journey from the Civil War to Civil Rights. View online or visit this park to collect your own copies.

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