Forging a Nation: Fort Scott in the Mid Nineteenth Century

Promises made and broken! Who deserves to be free? The fight for freedom! 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.

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Virtual Site Tour

Take a virtual tour of Fort Scott through 360 degree views.

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Digital Guide to Fort Scott

Interactive maps, self-guided tours, programs and events, and more. Download the official, free, app today!

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Park Movie: Dreams and Dilemmas

We invite you to learn about the Fort's rich history through our online movie.

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Distance Learning Programs

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

A group of 5 African-American reenactors as members of the 1st Kansas Colored infantry.
African-American Troops

Reenactors portraying members of the 1st Kansas Colored infantry.

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Junior Ranger Programs

Fort Scott has three junior ranger booklets. They are all posted online. Electronic resources will help you do them remotely.

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Life On The Frontier Education Videos

New Educational videos portraying life at Fort Scott National Historic Site

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Programs at Fort Scott

Ranger guided tours and programs at Fort Scott

Last updated: July 10, 2024

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PO Box 918
Fort Scott, KS 66701


620 223-0310

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