Fort Scott National Historic Site, like any historical or natural environment, contains certain inherent hazards that could spoil your group’s visit. The following precautions should be practiced to avoid accidents.
1. Running through the buildings, leaning on or sliding down banisters, and climbing on walls, wagons, artillery pieces and other features may cause serious injury and damage to historic resources.
2. Stairways are steep and walking surfaces are uneven in places. Please watch your step and use the handrails.
3. During periods of rain and snow, exterior stairways are slippery and should not be used.
4. Seek shelter inside during thunderstorms, as lightning strikes are common.
5. Keep a safe distance from weapons and animals during demonstrations.
6. Weather may be cold, windy or rainy. Many activities are outside. Dress accordingly.
Following these safety precautions will help to assure a safe and enjoyable trip to Fort Scott National Historic Site.
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.