• 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?

African American, American Indian, and white soldiers trained at Fort Scott.

Soldiers at Fort Scott formed the first "rainbow coalition" during the Civil War. African American, American Indian, and Euro American soldiers fought in this area. Many, including the First Kansas Colored, Sixth Kansas Cavalry, and elements of the Indian Home Guard trained at Fort Scott.