• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

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?

Officers Quarters that later became the Goodlander Home for Children

After Fort Scott was abandoned by the army in 1853, the buildings were sold at public auction, and the fort became the town of Fort Scott. One of the officers' quarters eventually became the Goodlander Home for Children. For about fifty years, orphans and other needy children were cared for here.