• 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.

Candlelight Tour Tickets

  • The Fort Scott Candlelight Tour is held at Fort Scott National Historic Site on the first Friday and Saturday of December.
  • Tickets are required for persons age 6 and above desiring to take the tour.
  • Candlelight tour tickets are available on a first come-first serve basis.
  • Tickets go on sale November 1 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Tickets cost $8.00 each and can be picked up in person or reserved by telephone. Call 620-223-0310 for reservations.
  • Tickets reserved by phone can be paid for by check or with a credit card (Master Card, Visa, Discover). Once credit card authorization is received, tickets will be mailed out.
  • For those paying by check, checks should be mailed to the site within 5 days of making reservations. Checks should be made out to Western National Parks Association and sent to: Fort Scott NHS, PO Box 918, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Upon receipt of check, tickets will be mailed out.
  • Advance reservation is required.
  • There are 25 tickets available for each tour.
  • Tours begin Friday night at 6:30 p.m. and run every 15 minutes until 9:00 p.m.
  • On Saturday night, they run from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., with a break at 7:15 p.m.
  • Tickets are non-refundable.

Did You Know?

Free State Hotel at Fort Scott, directly across from it was the Western or ProSlavery Hotel

Fort Scott is the only NPS unit that was directly involved in "Bleeding Kansas". Fort Scott was a proslavery town, but many free staters lived in the surrounding area. Located on the grounds was the Western or Proslavery Hotel, directly across from it was the Fort Scott or Free State Hotel.