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Fort Scott 32nd Annual Candlelight Tour

The event commemorated the Civil War's 150th anniversary, with five scenes featuring Fort Scott history in 1863.
FORT SCOTT, KS.--- Modern day Civil War enthusiasts go back in time this evening. It was very chilly, but crowds came out for the 32nd Annual Candlelight Tour. The event commemorated the Civil War's 150th anniversary, with five scenes featuring Fort Scott history in 1863.

"We like to find out what they did, do the research, find out what occurred here in the area and help people to learn history," said Gary Herrmann, Ft. Scott Park Ranger.

Candles lined the sidewalks of the Fort Scott National Historic Site. Guests followed the glow of the lanterns, leading them to different reenactment scenes from the Civil War.

"We think a good way to do history is through living history, and that's why we try to show this portrayal with people and present the facts in that manner," said Herrmann. 

Civil War enthusiasts are decked out from head to toe in clothing that looks like it came straight from the 1800's. They're acting out what happened in the historic buildings of Fort Scott 150 years ago.

"We have depicted five different stations that occurred at Fort Scott or in the area," said Herrmann. 

Park rangers say the candlelight tour gives people a chance to get a feel for what it was really like during the Civil War era, especially on these cold winter nights.

"We just want to take you back to 1863 and let you have a feel with original buildings," said Herrmann. 

If you missed the candlelight tour tonight, there's still a chance to catch it. It'll be held every fifteen minutes from 5 to 8:45 tomorrow night. Park rangers say they're hoping more families will come out for the unique experience.

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