Levine House Bed & Breakfast
747 S National, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701, United States
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If You Have a Question
One great resource if you are planning a trip to Fort Scott is the Chamber Of Commerce.
It is meant to promote business but our chamber is involved in al aspects of life in Fort Scott. Their web site is a clearing house of information for what is going on.
Check the calendar of events to make sure that you do not miss something fun while you are here. Local residents use this calendar all the time.
If you are in town and have a question I recommend that you call or drop by the staff is very helpful.
They also have a small gift shop with some nice Fort Scott made products.
our park built in 1888
gunn park here in fort scott,kansas is very very old but needless to say,a pleasant place to go when visiting here. we have two ponds, the original shelter house and a lotta fishin going on. the play grounds,camping area,jogging paths are all kept as neat and tidy as way back when. alot of famous faces have ventured to our park......gordon parks use to go fishing there as a child.
On highway 69 about 20...
On highway 69 about 20 minutes north of Fort Scott is a historic marker for Marais Des Cygne Massacre Park. It is a few miles off the highway but if you follow the signs you will find it. There is a nice little park out in the middle of a rural area. It did not appear to be used by any one very often. My wife and I had a picnic lunch there and saw a great variety of birds in the trees above our picnic spot.
The site is an important historic site because there is an old cabin there from the 1800's and because a massacre took place here. During the years before the Civil War, 1850's, my state was called Bleeding Kansas because so much blood was shed here. Men opposed to slavery killed men who were in favor of it and vice versa long before the Civil War ever began. One dark night men from one faction got together in a group and went from farm to farm of those with different politics from their own. They took their neighbors hostage. The kidnapped men were taken to a steep ridge at this lonesome site and murdered. The bodies were tossed over the ridge.
There is a secluded park there now and a few flowers. It is a lovely spot if you don't know what happened there.
A Well Preserved Town and old fort
"Wonderful history is inbedded here"
The town was a frontier fort and also a post for troops between 1842 and 1853. This short span was due to readjustment of forts on the western frontier for forts staged to fight Indians. The buildings were bought by locals in 1855, and still preserved today.
A large sector of downtown was burned in late 2005 and now most is brought back to renovated state. Some of the buildings have not been re-occupied, making it a bit disappointing to remember how vibrant it used to be.
"A town Grew Up Around the Fort"
As time progressed, the town buildings were constructed, mostly after the Civil War, around late 1800's due to the railroad making it a hub. They structures still remaining after the fire of 2005, shows the style and elegance of a time past.
"They WAnt You to Enjoy and Buy"
Antiquing and shopping, while sampling a few eats are the vogue thing to do here. There are around 10+ shops of old time goods and some more current. Strolling through the stores is the event for tourism.
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Genteel Fort Scott is among the best preserved Victorian era towns in Kansas with a handsome downtown and many ornate houses.
A definite highlight is a visit to the 160-year-old Fort Scott itself, now a National Historic Site.
NEWS FLASH: A serious fire in March 2005 destroyed almost a third of downtown's historic buildings! Most of the damage was contained to one city block, much of which will have to be levelled and rebuilt completely.
However, there's no reason why you should postpone your trip or change your itinerary. The fort, cemetery, Victorian houses and the rest of downtown welcome you!
Fort Scott is also home to a National Cemetery from the Civil War era, with hundreds of grave markers laid out in formal lines just as you'd see in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania or Alexandria, Virginia.
The lovely downtown and surrounding tree-lined brick streets have many elegant buildings and extravagant homes.
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