• 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.

Your Safety

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?

Captain Thomas Swords

Captain Thomas Swords, the quartermaster in charge of building Fort Scott, said that the other officers were of no assistance in planning and designing the fort and that "none of them can draw a straight line even with the assistance of a ruler".