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Genteel Fort Scott is among the best preserved Victorian era towns in Kansas with a handsome downtown and many ornate houses.

A definite highlight is a visit to the 160-year-old Fort Scott itself, now a National Historic Site.

NEWS FLASH: A serious fire in March 2005 destroyed almost a third of downtown's historic buildings! Most of the damage was contained to one city block, much of which will have to be levelled and rebuilt completely.

However, there's no reason why you should postpone your trip or change your itinerary. The fort, cemetery, Victorian houses and the rest of downtown welcome you!

Fort Scott is also home to a National Cemetery from the Civil War era, with hundreds of grave markers laid out in formal lines just as you'd see in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania or Alexandria, Virginia.

The lovely downtown and surrounding tree-lined brick streets have many elegant buildings and extravagant homes.

  • Last visit to Fort Scott: May 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Dec 1, 2011 at 3:03 AM

    It's always a pleasure to learn that visitors have enjoyed time spent in Fort Scott (my home for the past decade). Thank you for your many positive comments.

    As a preservation advocate who worked on the National Register listing, I can assure you that nowhere near 1/3 of our downtown was destroyed by the 2005 fire. Of the one square block that was affected, about half of one side of the block was destroyed as well as two buildings across the alley. The number of buildings lost is less than 10% of those within the historic district. There is still plenty of Victorian architecture to be seen both downtown and in the residential neighborhoods.

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    Nov 19, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Don't you like the old history in this small town? It is one of my favorites close by. Good presentation


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