Fees & Reservations
Beginning May 1, 2011, Fort Scott National Historic Site will no longer charge a fee to enter the park.The public will now be able to visit free of charge. After careful analysis of the administrative costs associated with the collection of entrance fees, it was determined that costs exceeded the amount collected.National Park Service officials at the site believe they can still provide a quality visitor experience for the public without the fee.
In addition, the National Historic Site will no longer sell the America the Beautiful Interagency passes. These include the Access Pass, the Senior Pass and the Annual Pass.These passes will continue to be available at Harry S Truman National Historic Site (Independence MO), Wilsons Creek National Battlefield (Republic MO), Pea Ridge National Military Park (Garfield AR) and the following Kansas sites: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Stafford KS (Senior and Access only); Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita KS (Senior and Access only); and Cimmaron National Grassland, Elkhart, KS (Senior, Access, and Annual).Interagency Annual Passes can also be purchased online from the United States Geological Survey website at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html. Instructions for obtaining the Senior and Access passes by mail can also be obtained from this website.
Fort Scott NHS will continue to offer regularly scheduled interpretive activities including living history, education programs, special events, and daily guided tours during the summer.The site is open daily from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information, call 620-223-0310 or www.nps.gov/fosc.
Did You Know?
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.