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.

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Try the Fort Scott NHS Mobile App

Visitors to Fort Scott NHS can discover the Fort and its stories through their phone.

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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.

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Junior Ranger Programs

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

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Programs at Fort Scott

Ranger guided tours and programs at Fort Scott

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Women's History Programs

Each Saturday in March the site will feature programs on women at Fort Scott and the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

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2020 Event Calendar

Calendar of events for 2020 with some programs that commemorate anniversaries of significant events.

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Spring Education Programs

Reservations now being taken for spring education programs at Fort Scott NHS

Last updated: March 18, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 918
Fort Scott, KS 66701


(620) 223-0310

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