Even though I’m only an hour away from Fort Scott, I didn’t visit the Fort Scott National Historic Site until very recently. You’d think with my newfound national parks fixation, I would’ve gotten there sooner.
The fort is under the care of the U.S. National Parks Service and is free to enter. While you’re in town, you can also check out other cost-friendly activities in Fort Scott.
If you’re interest has been piqued, here’s everything you need to know about visiting the Fort Scott National Historic Site!
Visiting Fort Scott National Historic Site
About Fort Scott National Historic Site
Despite its establishment in the 1840’s during a very turbulent and violent time in Kansas history, Fort Scott was never actually a battle site. Instead, it served as a supply base and security during times of war.
Also, the post quartermaster’s name was Captain Swords. No joke.
How to Get to the Fort Scott National Historic Site
If you’re arriving from Kansas City, most take the US 69-S, since it’s a straight shot to downtown Fort Scott.
What's on the ground
Some structures are still original to the property, while others have been reconstructed. The entire fort includes four officers’ barracks, one dragoon’s barracks, two infantry barracks, a hospital, guardhouse, dragoon stables, ordnance and post headquarters, quartermaster stables, bake shop, flagpole, and magazine.
If you take one of the two free tours provided daily, you’ll get to see just about everything.
Fort Scott National Historic Site tours
There are options for a self-guided tour, or you could do what I did and join one of the daily tours that leave from the Visitor Center at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The park ranger will take you through as many buildings as possible (a few were closed when I visited due to construction) and provide a little background.
I really enjoyed the history lesson I got alongside my tour! It’s easier to piece things together when you have a park ranger helping you along.
What to know before you go
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