Fort Scott Historic Site tells stories of the western expansion and the pioneering frontier era.
Fort Scott's historic site is located downtown in Fort Scott, Kansas. It is about 90 miles south of Kansas City and 60 miles northwest of Joblin, Missouri. The Fort covers about five acres of land and features tall prairie grass and hiking trails. It is open daily with no entrance fees required. Visitors are welcome to tour the fort buildings and grounds a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset (except during inclement weather). The visitor center is open from 8 am to 5 pm from April to October. Visitors are encouraged to enter through the visitor center for a quick orientation a brochure with a map. A short film is shown in the theater and explains the history and early days of the fort.
Feel free to take a tour of the buildings and grounds. A cell phone tour is also available at several buildings. This historic site is home to 20 historic buildings, including 11 original historic buildings. All artifacts, furnishings, clothing, etc., come from the 1840s era. Tours will explain the early life when it was used as a military base protecting early settlers. You will also discover what this historic town experienced during the Civil War. Visitors will learn about several fort members' lives, including military soldiers, laundry workers, surgeons, medical staff, and others who worked at the fort. You can also see army barracks, officer quarters, tall prairie lands, and hiking trails. Guided tours are available when reserved in advance.