Candlelight Tour Is Sold Out

The post hospital is lit up durng the 2021 tour. NPS Photo: Carl Brenner

The Fort Scott National Historic Site 41st Annual Candlelight Tour is completely sold out.

The tour is Dec. 2nd and 3rd.

“This year… we are commemorating several important milestones of our nation’s history,” Carl Brenner, FSNHS Program Manager for Interpretation and Resource Management,  said. “Each milestone highlights a different portion of the Fort’s history as well.”

NPS: Photo credit-Carl Brenner

Tickets went on sale on November 1 and sold out on November 27.

Fort Scott High School drama students and other volunteers will portray different scenes, vignettes, during the evening in which ticket purchasers will stroll the promenade on the grounds of the fort.

The vignettes, in order, are:

  1. The Bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail which is set in 1843.  The army is preparing to go out on campaign along the trail. In this vignette: Luke Leighsing (Santa Fe Trader), Josh Sherwood (Lieutenant), Tracy Dancer (Sergeant), Frankie Ruggerro (Corporal), Jericho Jones (Private).
  2. 175th Anniversary of the Mexican American War, which is set in 1847, celebrates the safe return of soldiers  from the war. In this vignette: Kiara Thompson (Mrs. Curtis), Sylvia Stapleton (Miss Jones), Emma Guns (Mrs. Simpson), Cooper George (Corporal Clark), Austin Stapleton (Private Smith), Matt Wells (Musician).
  3. 165th year of Bleeding Kansas, which is set in 1857, actors  prepare for the Grand Ball celebrating the opening of the Fort Scott Hotel. In this vignette: Diane Bernheimer (Elizabeth Wilson), Jan Elder (Eliza Campbell), Wayne Young (Mr. Wilson).
  4. 160th year of Civil War Ladies Union Aid Society-Emancipation Proclamation, which is set in 1862, where the women are comforting the solders. In this vignette: Dee Young (Mrs. Weatherwax), Cassie Edson (Mrs. Mary Martin), Emily Endicott (Mrs. Laura Phillips – head of the Christmas committee), Regen Wells (Miss Sarah– Christmas committee member), Karen Primeaux (Mrs. Smith), Ronda Hassig (Mrs. Redfield)
  5. 150th year  of Post of Southeast Kansas,1872, the scene is  a railroad agent in  a squabble with landowners: Casey Gomez (Walter ), Katie Wells (Elizabeth), Ivy Bailey (Charlie), Steve Powell (John)


Additional High School drama students helping in other areas are: Ayla Roberts, Tobi Larrabee, Mykeel Lewis, Tuesday Glessner, Alexis Tourtillot, Lily Brown, and Chris Newman.


Fort Scott National Historic Site is located at 1 Old Fort Blvd. Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. To find out more, or become involved, please call  620-223-0310 or email  [email protected]. Other activities, events, and a more in-depth history may be found at


NPS: Photo Credit: Carl Brenner.



Paint Party at Pizza Republic This Evening

Christmas Critters Paint Party!
Jump right in the Holiday Spirit with us at Pizza Republic and paint these adorable Christmas Critters. All supplies are included and step by step instructions are given. You will take home your very own masterpiece!
Seating is limited and we fill up quickly, so reserve your spot today. $5 is all it takes to reserve your spot, with the remainder,$20, due at party time.
No outside food or drinks please. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
DJ Brown & The Bourbon County Revival this Friday night at Pizza Republic!
Come enjoy live music, great food, and a good time at Pizza Republic this Friday night, Dec. 2nd from 8-11pm.
Thank you to our Chamber Champion members below!

Sen. Marshall Completes 105 Town Hall Circuit Across Kansas


(Washington, D.C., December 1, 2022) – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. today announced completion of 105 town halls in each of Kansas’ 105 counties. The announcement comes just weeks before the conclusion of the 117th Congress – Senator Marshall’s first as a U.S. Senator. Be sure to click HERE or on the image below to watch a highlight reel from his 105 town halls.

“The very first time I met Senator Bob Dole he told me, ‘go out and listen to the people of Kansas – they will give you the answer.’ That’s exactly what we did with our 105 town hall meetings in each of Kansas’ 105 counties,” said Senator Marshall. “Without a doubt, one of my favorite parts of the job is getting out of D.C. to have real conversations with fellow Kansans about their ideas and about the issues impacting their lives. I want to thank everyone who attended our town halls for it is their input, support, prayers, and words of encouragement that allow me to continue the fight in Congress to protect those Kansas values we all hold so dear.”

In case you missed it, here is some coverage of some of Senator Marshall’s 105 county town hall circuit:

Grand Ole Opry Veteran Daryl Mosley comes to Ft. Scott!


Waverly, TN – The community is invited to attend a concert by singer, songwriter, and storyteller Daryl Mosley on Wednesday, December 7 at First Southern Baptist Church, 1818 S. Main Street, Ft. Scott, KS.

The First Southern Baptist Church, 1818 S. Main.

From countless appearances on “The Grand Ole Opry” to classic shows at the famous Bluebird Cafe to a touring schedule of over 150 concerts per year, singer/songwriter Daryl Mosley has been sharing his songs and his stories with America for over 30 years.  Daryl has written three Song of the Year award winners, eight of his songs have made it to number one, and he has twice been named Songwriter of the Year! His songs have been recorded by dozens of artists ranging from bluegrass legend Bobby Osborne to country star Lynn Anderson to Southern Gospel’s The Booth Brothers, and have been featured on television shows ranging from “American Idol” to “The View.”  One of his best-known songs, “(Ask the Blind Man) He Saw It All,” was named one of the top Southern Gospel songs of all time!

Gospel music legend Bill Gaither calls Daryl “a poet-and we don’t have many poets left!” Daryl says, “I just write and sing songs about real life and real people; songs about faith and home and community are the foundation of my music because those are the things that are most precious to me.” Daryl’s concert is an intimate opportunity to hear his songs of life and faith as well as the entertaining stories of the people and events that inspired them.

The concert is free to the public but a love offering will be taken.  For additional information, contact Patty Lindley at 502 262-0428.