• 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.


Officers Row Walkway at Fort Scott

Officers Row Walkway at Fort Scott

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Getting Around

The main parking lot at the south entrance of the historic site includes designated parking near the Visitor Center for guests with disabilities. Upon arrival, the rest of the journey is either by foot or, if necessary, by wheelchair. A wheelchair is available for checkout at the Visitor Center.

Several types of paved surfaces provide access to the buildings at the site. Brick walkways lead up to the Visitor Center. From there, concrete sidewalks with stone inlays lead around and through the parade ground. Visitors will also encounter stone surfaces that make up the walkway along Officer’s Row as well as various front porches, and asphalt walkways that lead to the buildings behind Officer’s Row. The stone walkway and porches are accessible by wheelchair with assistance.

Fort Scott Bake House

The Bake House at Fort Scott is one of the buildings that is accessibile with just a couple of steps up.

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The Inside Story

The Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible via ramps at both the north and south entrances. Other buildings with ramps that allow access to the first floor include the infantry barracks, the guardhouse, and the mess hall in the dragoon barracks.

Buildings that are wheelchair accessible without ramps include the dragoon stables, ordinance shed, carriage house, and powder magazine. The laundress quarters, company office, and non-commissioned officer’s quarters, all located in the dragoon barracks, may be viewed from their respective doorways, but the interiors of these rooms are not open to the public for entrance.

For those visitors who experience difficulty with stairs, there are exhibits on-site which require little climbing in order to view. The commandant’s office, the first floor of the officers’ quarters, and the bakery are all exhibits with just one or two steps up to the entrance.

Closed Caption AV Program

Closed Caption AV Program at Fort Scott

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Visitor Services

On the ground floor of the infantry barracks museum is a small theater which presents a twenty three minute park orientation program. This program is activated by the push of a button and is closed-captioned. Devices are also available at the visitor center for assistive listening and audio description. An elevator in the museum allows access to the second floor exhibits.

The second floor hospital exhibit and other second floor exhibits are not wheelchair accessible. However, a photograph book showing the inaccessible areas of the site is available at the information desk. Wheelchair accessible public restrooms are located in the Visitor Center and on the ground floor of the infantry barracks located on the east side of the parade ground.

Did You Know?

Col. George Croghan

Colonel George Croghan, the inspector general, visited the fort in 1844. He praised living conditions, but disliked the layout. He remarked that the hospital "interrupted in the most offensive way, the only refreshing summer breezes" One author doubted that any building could stop a Kansas wind.