Forging a Nation: Fort Scott in the Mid Nineteenth Century

Promises made and broken! A town attacked at dawn! Thousands made homeless by war! Soldiers fighting settlers! Each of these stories is a link in the chain of events that encircled Fort Scott from 1842-1873. All of the site's structures, its parade ground, and its tallgrass prairie bear witness to this era when the country was forged from a young republic into a united transcontinental nation.

Fort Scott is the story of America growing up

A story of America growing up

When the fort was established in 1842, the nation was still young and confined largely to the area east of the Mississippi River.

Looking at hundreds of candle lanterns on the parade grounds at dusk.

Candlelight Tour

1,000 candle lanterns illuminate the site and 100 reenactors (including you) bring the fort to life.

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Programs at Fort Scott

Ranger guided tours and programs at Fort Scott

Girl with Junior Ranger Vest

Junior Ranger Programs

Fort Scott has three junior ranger booklets. Our newest one is for preschoolers.

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NPS Fort Scott Mobile App

Visitors to Fort Scott NHS in 2018 will have a new way of discovering the Fort’s resources and stories.

Surgeon treating a patient in a hospital bed

Distance Learning Programs

Currently, Fort Scott offers four distance learning programs so that your school or group can learn its stories remotely.

Last updated: November 19, 2019

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PO Box 918
Fort Scott, KS 66701


(620) 223-0310

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