This building is said to have a lot of history and elegance inside. I have not been able to get in in three trys, but keep trying. Built in 1923, it has a stage with valuable backdrops -48 of them worth a lot in today's dollars, and props, as well as valuable costumes, and a large pipe organ now worth $ 2million that was built for $15,000. Seating in auditorium is 550 people. Tours are find a person and walk in, or set up a visit.
Downtown Fort Scott features numerous beautiful buildings lined along a narrow street, the pavements of which are covered by awnings and arcades. There are a few double-storey balconies like the sort you see in New Orleans. There are lots of interesting buildings around Main and Wall streets, which is a compact area to walk around.
Unfortunately, this compactness had disastrous consequences in March 2005 when a fire devoured many buildings on one block (see my Ft Scott intro).
It is charming to walk up past antiques stores, steakhouses, bars and colourful buildings to arrive at the fort at the end of Main Street.
It is a shame about the road that cuts between downtown and the fort, especially when you think of the buildings which were swept away for the parking lot. But in many ways I was reminded of a typical English castle town, with the fortress well connected to the historic district.
The structures are mostly form the late 1800's, and well preserved. Some have shops, and others are just fronts without occupancy. The town has 20 historic buildings dedicated and 17 acres in total of grounds.
Lots of nice little shops in the historic down town district. Several blocks of beautifully preserved buildings and many victorian homes make Fort Scott a wonderful place for sight seeing.
In this photo you can see the snow. I was there in February. This Summer until July 7th on Friday and Saturday evenings there is a melodrama played out in the street with villains and heroines and fun. There are also trolley tours that begin at 231 E. Wall.
Every Friday night during the summer a group of local musicians play live music in the Heritage Pavilion downtown. It is a great way to really enjoy a summer evening.
The performers are drawn from the local citizens and are often not the same each week. The vibe is country/folk. We actually have quite a bit of good talent in Fort Scott. So the music is really well done.
There is a coffee shop and restaurants near by so you can easily make an evening of it.
Oh yea, it is free!
Take a walking tour of Fort Scott's central business district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.