Labor Day Weekend
This Labor Day weekend take a break from your job and visit Fort Scott National Historic Site as the site answers a call to action to get people outside and to engage them with stories of the past. Programs on Saturday will be designed to connect visitors to outdoor activity with a prairie walk, historic games, and outdoor cooking. 1840s soldiers will be firing artillery and conducting flag retreat. And at 3 p.m. visitors can participate in a readers' theater where they will read parts in stories of the dragoon soldiers at Fort Scott.
The activities will continue Sunday and Monday with readers' theaters addressing Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War respectively. There will also be special guided tours each day; the tour on Sunday will address the important role women played at the fort, and the tour on Monday will discuss the challenges the U.S. Army at Fort Scott faced in building a frontier post. Additionally, there will be programs offered about the herb gardens at Fort Scott and the role of the ordnance sergeant (the man who took care of the guns). Small arms demonstrations will also be offered both of these days.
Throughout the weekend people will be dressed in period costume portraying various people who lived and worked at Fort Scott. On Saturday visitors can smell the fresh aroma of bread baking, scrub clothes on a 19th century washboard, and discover the remedies of the post surgeon. On Monday they can haggle with the sutler over his prices and on Sunday and Monday they can visit with a reenactor portraying a soldier in the First Kansas Colored Infantry Regiment.
The schedule of activities is listed below:
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park System, is open daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Entrance to the site is free of charge. Call 620-223-0310 for more information.
Did You Know?
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.