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Make plans to explore the Fort Scott National Historic Site, located in Southeastern Kansas, close to the Missouri border. Here, you will find yourself drawn into the world of 1850s Kansas.
Fort Scott NHS spans 17 acres and was named after General Winfield Scott. The Fort began life as a military base and later a supply depot, as well as a security post during the Civil War. Today, there are 20 historic structures still standing, acres of prairie, and the parade grounds to tour. Self-guided tours are always possible, while ranger-led tours and the Candlelight Tour need to be booked in advance.
“The Highlights in History Tour” is one of the most popular guided tours available. It is typically scheduled as a summer event and focuses on the “Bleeding Kansas” era. Each of the 30 restored rooms reveals painstakingly researched details and the history not only of the time but the Fort’s inhabitants. Museums on the Site include the Wilson-Goodlander House, the Infantry Barracks Museum, and the Dragoon Barracks Museum, which takes a specific look at the soldiering life in the 1840s. A fascinating video presentation at the Infantry Museum is also not to be missed.