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Labors and leisure on the frontier


FORT SCOTT, Kan. — Fort Scott National Historic Site will be taking visitors on an exploration of the labors and leisure on an 1840s frontier post Saturday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 4. Throughout Labor Day weekend, visitors can enjoy live music, historic yard games, and a variety of living history demonstrations, and interpretive programs. 

Those who attend will also get the chance to visit with soldiers, officer’s wives, laundresses, the post Sutler and find out about the labors of the fort and some of the leisure activities. There will also be ice cream, while it lasts, on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. courtesy of the Friends of Fort Scott NHS, Inc.

All programs are free and open to the public. 

On Saturday and Sunday, volunteer Katelyn Dancer will be playing the violin on Officer’s Row and volunteer Mathew Wells will be playing the guitar on the porch of the Dragoon’s Barracks. Monday, Sept. 4 at 11 a.m., the Prairie Sunflower Strings will be presenting a concert of folk music out on the parade ground.

Guided Fort Tours will be offered daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ranger Charles will be presenting a program about Native American storytelling at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Fort Scott National Historic Site’s exhibit areas and visitor center are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The park grounds are open daily from a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset. 

To find out more or become involved in activities at the Fort, contact the park at 620-223-0310 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/fosc.