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Fort Scott in Bourbon County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Fort Gardens

 
 
Fort Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 11, 2019
1. Fort Gardens Marker
Inscription.

"A profusion of vegetables - beets, carrots,
onions, potatoes, beans, turnips, and
tomatoes - were harvested from (fort)
garden plots."

'Broadax & Bayonet,' Francis Paul Prucha

General order - "To promote the health of the troops and facilitate the necessary arrangements for subsisting the army...the commanding officer of every permanent post and garrisons...will annually cultivate a garden, by the troops under his command, equal to supplying hospital and garrisons with the necessary kitchen vegetables throughout the year..."
Adjutant and Inspector General's office, Sept. 11, 1818

Vegetable gardens were established at every permanent military post, including Fort Scott. In order to keep the men healthy, fresh produce needed to be provided in some way. Each company had a small plot for their own use, as did the hospital and the individual officers. Plants grown at Fort Scott included cabbages, carrots, muskmelons, onions, peas, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, and turnips. After harvesting their crops, the soldiers would have to preserve and store them. During the summer months, the garden plot before you has a small sample of some of the produce that was grown here historically.

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• This

Fort Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 11, 2019
2. Fort Gardens Marker
The demonstration garden is the cleared patch of ground behind the Guardhouse.
photo (1868), taken in front of the frontier-era hospital building, shows a small fenced vegetable plot located roughly where the fort's original hospital garden would have been located in the 1840s.

• Reenactors maintaining a modern demonstration garden.


 
Erected 2018 by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 50.579′ N, 94° 42.312′ W. Marker is in Fort Scott, Kansas, in Bourbon County. Marker is on Old Fort Boulevard north of Wall Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the Fort Scott National Historic Site grounds, a few steps SSE of the Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: Old Fort Boulevard, Fort Scott KS 66701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Town (a few steps from this marker); Fort Scott Yesterday (within shouting distance of this marker); The Heart of Fort Scott (within shouting distance of this marker); Sutler Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sites and People of Fort Scott (within shouting distance of this marker); Gordon Parks (within shouting distance

Former Post Hospital Near Fort Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 11, 2019
3. Former Post Hospital Near Fort Gardens Marker
of this marker); Fort Scott (within shouting distance of this marker); "A Most Deplorable Condition" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Scott.
 
Also see . . .
1. Post Gardens. (Submitted on January 15, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Cooking - Historical Background. (Submitted on January 15, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Fort Scott National Historic Site. (Submitted on January 15, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureForts, CastlesMan-Made Features
 
Fort Scott Demonstration Garden (first season) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 24, 2013
4. Fort Scott Demonstration Garden (first season)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 15, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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