Fort Scott Kan. – Fort Scott National Historic Site has contractors beginning work next week to remove and replace the cedar shake shingles, eave troughs, and downspouts on seven (7) restored and reconstructed buildings. To allow the work to proceed as quickly and safely as possible, no more than one building will be temporarily closed at one time and the entire project will last approximately eight (8) months. Beginning with the Guard House, all three Officer’s Duplexes, both Infantry Barracks, and the Dragoon Barracks will be included.
Much of the funding for these projects is from park entrance fees collected at other National Parks. Additional federal monies are specifically identified for deferred maintenance projects around the country.
Information about the building closures will be available on www.nps.gov/fosc, on signs and park bulletin boards, shared with local media outlets, and posted on park social media outlets in advance of building closures. These schedules are subject to change with limited notice due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
From April 1-October 31, Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, will be open for its summer hours of operation. The site exhibit areas are open daily from 8:00 am-5:00 pm. The park grounds are open daily from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset. To find out more or become involved in activities at the Fort, please contact the park at 620-223-0310 or learn more at www.nps.gov/fosc.