Living History

Photo of an Infantry Soldier talking to the Commissary Clerk.
Living historians interact with visitors at the Commissary.

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During special events, and as staffing allows the rest of the year, you can find staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing throughout the fort, offering insight into the lives of the people who lived and worked at Fort Larned in its heyday.

You might find living history characters in the infantry barracks, hospital, blacksmith shop, blockhouse, sentry post, school room, commissary, arsenal, quartermaster storehouse, issue room, officers' quarters, or marching around the fort!

Living history demonstrations include blacksmithing, historic weapons demonstrations, games, quilting and sewing, cooking, wood and leather working, baking, and more.

If you would like to participate as a living historian, see the Volunteer page.

Volunteer soldiers stand in ranks in front of the barracks.

Army Life

What would an Army post be without soldiers?

Volunteer in 19th century women's clothing on the porch of Officers' Row.

The Ladies of the Post

Officers' wives, laundresses & servants were a vital part of post life.

19th century blacksmith demonstration.

Civilian Workers

Just like today, the Army hired civilians for many jobs on the post.

Image of vegetable garden surrounded by short lattice fence.

Heritage Garden

Historic vegetables and herbs from the 19th century.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1767 KS Hwy 156
Larned, KS 67550

Phone:

(620) 285-6911
Phones are answered by a person during the park's normal business hours. There is a general voicemail box for after hours calls, which are usually answered by the next day.

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