The Fort Scott National Historic Site is from a period of American history that's not well represented elsewhere. It gives you a chance to see what Americans were up to in the period before the American Civil War.
It is the only installation that the American government ever built to keep the white Americans from migrating west. The administration of Jackson championed the concept of Native removal in order to deal with inter-racial conflict. Basically in the 1840s they drew a line north to south. The land on the west was for Natives (that were forcibly moved from their eastern homes) and the east was for the whites.
This was meant to be a permanent solution to the "Native Problem¨. In reality the policy was very short lived. About 10 years.
This unwalled Fort was the home of Dragoons and Infantry and was constructed by the soldiers themselves. It is extremely well preserved and restored.
Do not miss the following
„« The rare Mountain Howitzer in the building on the NE corner of the site.
„« The wild uniforms in the infantry barracks
„« The military style stable
„« The Sergeant¡¦s Quarters around to the rear of the infantry barracks¡¦
„« Visit the kitchen in the officers' quarters. Try to visit in the morning the light is very nice.
„« There is a very cool bakery on the SE corner.
Try to hit it on one of their special events weekends they shoot off the cannons and have lots of reenactors on site. During the summer they have scheduled guided tours. It is hard to visualize how the place was so I recommend the tour if you have the time
Spending the afternoon at a historic old fort helps to put the celebration in perspective. There are all the historic structures to root around in and living history presentations to add more interest. The Friends of The Fort ( a group of local volunteers) have started arranging a period band concert, and free REAL HOMEMADE ice cream in the afternoon. It is a beautiful site and can make for a very nice day trip.
Each spring, some time in April the National Park hosts a Civil War encampment. Dozens of volunteers and park service personnel go all out and put on a huge living history display. If you have an interest in the history of the United States this is a great event.
The attention to detail is excellent. There are formal presentations from life during the Civil War in the west. They always have black powder weapons demonstrations. (very smoky and exciting) There are lectures and a large camp set up. Reinactors camp out for the entire weekend in the fashion of Civil War soldiers. If you love to read about the American Civil War the book store here is well stocked with hard to find titles.
If you know a child that is interested in history or the outdoors this is a great thing to drag them to. I love to read but I feel that for many kids experiencal education is the most effective at igniting their imagination.
This is not a crappy half done sort of thing. The historic post is just beautiful. It is well staffed and lovingly restored and cared for. I have visited many historic sites so I feel very confident when I say that this is one that is well worth seeing.
So get out to Fort Scott and see, smell, and feel some history.
Each summer the Fort Scott National Park staff and local volunteers provide free evening tours tours of the fort.
The tours take place once a month and each one is focused on a topic related to Fort Scott. The Volunteers dress in period costume and present tableau to illustrate the points being made.
The Fort is empty at this time and the light is nice for photos. There is water and are restrooms available.
The Staff at this park is very knowledgeable about a unique comer of America.
So if you are in town I would give it a try
Established in 1842, Fort Scott played a strategic role in containing the natives and guarding the military routes along the frontier.
The fort is quite beautiful with its many stately buildings shaded by the mature trees.
In Spring 2003 it cost three dollars to walk around and it really is worth an hour or so. There is a slide show, many exhibits, interpretive signs and plenty else to walk around and learn about.
It is open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. From April-October you may visit between 8-5 and from November-March it is open 9-5.
This fort built in 1842 was only in full use until 1853. The purpose was to create a western front against Indians, and also a supply base for other forts running north to south for that purpose. This fort had soldiers go all the way out to the coast of Pacific Ocean and they protected the settlers in between. They also were assembled here during the Mexican War and the Civil War it was a key place for center of conflict of it the state would be north or south.
this historical monument is a must to visit. built in 1842 and have housed some pretty important people to the civil war. take a tour, either guided or just stroll and use your own imagination. then drive down national street going south and stop at the national cemetary where the great war heroes of our time are buried, from all wars. visit schubits plaza and see our war memorial to our honored, read their names, then stroll up main street into all the shops we have. see historical building as they stood many many moons ago. don't forget to take light of the great art engraved into the storefronts.
No trip to Fort Scott is complete with out a visit to the old military post the town is named for. You can't miss historic Fort Scott right next to down town. Here is a photo taken inside one of the restored buildings.
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