FORT LARNED — Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner and if you’re looking for a fun outing for the entire family, look no further than Fort Larned National Historic Site.
Whether you’re catching a ride in a horse drawn carriage, watching as the blacksmith uses fire and an anvil to transform iron, or listening to the boom of an Army Thunder Wagon you’ll find something for the whole family to enjoy during Fort Larned’s Memorial Day Weekend Living History event.
“A visit to Fort Larned is always an opportunity to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a frontier Army post,” said Celeste Dixon, Fort Larned park ranger. “Activities include carriage rides, helping in the post garden, artillery demonstrations and more. Volunteers doing living history will bring the fort to life as they portray soldiers, civilians and women, all of whom would have lived at Fort Larned during it’s time as an active military post.”
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you - both in personal connections and memorable experiences.
Fort Larned National Historic Site is six miles west of Larned on K-156. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., information on visiting is on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911. There is no admission fee.Learn more at www.nps.gov.
Memorial Day Weekend
10 a.m.—Forge and Anvil (Blacksmith Shop) Watch the blacksmith use fire and an anvil to turn iron into everyday items used at Fort Larned.
11 a.m.—From Garden to Table (Behind the North Officers’ Quarters) Help tend the post garden and learn about how important gardens were for getting fresh vegetables before the railroad came to Fort Larned.
1 p.m.—The Doctor is In (Post Hospital) Learn about doctoring on the frontier.
2 p.m.—Artillery Demonstration (Behind the Commissary and Quartermaster Warehouses) See why the Indians called the artillery pieces used by the frontier Army Thunder Wagons.
4 p.m.—The Ladies of the Post (South Officers’ Quarters) The reality of living on a frontier post, or how to keep up your ladylike appearance so far from civilization.
4:30 p.m.—Flag Retreat (On the Parade Ground) Watch a recreation of the Army’s 19th century flag lowering ceremony.
Sunday, May 24 only
9 a.m.—1860s Style Religious Service (Post School House)