Fort Hays State Historic Site, Hays

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Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant John Denny served at Fort Hays from January 1882 to December 1884. He and other African American “Buffalo Soldiers” are part of the rich Fort Hays history that includes names like Generals George A. Custer, Nelson Miles, and Philip Sheridan; Major Marcus Reno; William “Buffalo Bill” Cody; and James B. “Wild Bill” Hickok. Established in 1865 in the land of the Cheyenne and Arapaho, the fort protected railroad workers and travelers on the Smoky Hill Trail. See the soldiers’ clothing, weapons, and personal items, including George Custer’s dumbbell forged by the fort’s blacksmith. Learn more about the soldiers and the people they were protecting when you visit Fort Hays.

Admission:

Adults: $5

Students: $1

Children 5 & Under and Members of "Friends of the Fort": FREE
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  • The museum is very nice and does a great job at bringing to life what it was like in Kansas during the great Western expansion. The fort buildings are well persevered and Leroy was a fantastic guide.  more »
  • I have gone to Fort hays Historic Site since I was a little girl. They are always adding new items and changing things to keep it interesting. The block house, guard house and officers' quarters are r...  more »
  • The Fort is interesting because it is unique. The buffalo statue and silhouettes of soldiers and citizens who lived in the fort over the years add to the understanding. I particularly enjoyed hearing ...  more »
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  • Christmas at the Fort is always a beautiful experience! The people work so hard to put this together each year no matter what the weather! Always puts me in the Christmas spirit! But also a great reminder of the hardships our ancestors experienced!
  • Has a great Christmas event held at Old Fort Hays. Definitely worth going to see the volunteers dressed as soldiers, Father Christmas and Mary Christmas as well as the horse wagon rides and hot apple cider are amazing.
  • We got a tour of the officers' housing from a knowledgeable & friendly guide. The rest of the buildings are self-guided tours. Very few of the buildings are still there. Not a whole lot to see.
  • Knowledgeable staff! Guided tours available. Great special events too! Had a historical time!
  • This is a great place to stop and stretch your legs on the long drive across Kansas. It will surely bore kids to death but adults who like history will enjoy it.

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