• 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.

Join Our Friends

Ever since its establishment in 1842, Fort Scott has been a driving force in Southeast Kansas. We may not need protection on the "Western Frontier" anymore, but we recognize and appreciate the national attraction our Fort has become. The story of our history from Westward Expansion to Bleeding Kansas and beyond is our story and our National Historic Site helps us tell it.

To continue and expand the important work done at the Fort for our community the Fort needs some Friends.

A community support group is being formed to promote the good work being done on our behalf. We have calculated that it will take approximately $3,000 to do the initial legal and accounting work to establish the group as a 501 C3 and create a logo and website.

We need 100 people willing to support this cause with $30 each to launch the effort.

Won't you be a Founding Friend? Please call any of the folks you see listed on this document if you have any questions about the organization or how you can help.

Please remit your Founding Friend gift to the above address with checks made out to "Fort Scott Community Foundation" with "Friends of the Fort" in the memo line.

Thank you for your consideration,

Reed Hartford, Co-Convener

Martha Scott, Membership Chair

Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site

What is a Friends Group

Did You Know?

Free State Hotel at Fort Scott, directly across from it was the Western or ProSlavery Hotel

Fort Scott is the only NPS unit that was directly involved in "Bleeding Kansas". Fort Scott was a proslavery town, but many free staters lived in the surrounding area. Located on the grounds was the Western or Proslavery Hotel, directly across from it was the Fort Scott or Free State Hotel.