As a public historic site, self-guided
tours, at no charge, may be taken of the fort grounds at any time. The
original earthworks can be viewed and there are ten display panels that
tell about the history of the fort and those who served there.
Directions to Fort D:
From I-55: exit at Highway 74 east. Go east on 74 toward the
Mississippi bridge. Go to the fifth stoplight (Sprigg Street)
and turn right (south). Go four blocks to Locust Street and turn
left. The fort is two blocks straight ahead (east) at 720 Fort
Street. Parking is available on the street unless arrangements
have been made with the House of Hope to use their parking lot.
Scheduling a Tour:
Group tours of Fort D are scheduled through the Cape
Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). To schedule a
tour contact the CVB at 573-335-1631 or 1-800-777-0068 (fax
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tours are subject to the availability of
volunteer interpretive guides most of whom are members of the
Turner Brigade or Civil War Roundtable of Cape Girardeau. Try to
make plans as far in advance as possible. During certain prime
weeks of the month, additional living history demonstrations may
be set up inside the blockhouse at the fort; the CVB will have a
list of dates available. Group leaders need to leave full
contact information, including evening phone number.
Adult Tour Groups:
A fee of $2.00 per person is charged for guided adult tours.
This will include a introduction to the fort’s history, Cape
Girardeau Civil War involvement, an introduction to the
uniforms, weapons, and accoutrements of the Civil War soldier.
For larger groups, a display of rifle and/or cannon fire can be
School Group Logistics:
We realize that most groups will come in large enough numbers
(two classes) to make bus transportation affordable. We can
accommodate groups of any size for the basic tour only. However,
our activity tours are strictly limited to one class of a
maximum of thirty students (fewer is better). Our suggestion is
that school groups schedule Fort D tours in conjunction with the
Red House Interpretive Center, located only 5 minutes away, and
have half of the group at each place. By splitting the groups, a
more manageable size is created and a higher quality experience
is achieved. Note: Red House tours are also scheduled by the
Convention and Visitors Bureau.
School Tours Available:
1) The basic tour includes tour of the fort, marching exercise,
and a soldier’s uniform and accoutrements demonstration. Time:
allow 1 hour.
2) An activity tour includes the basic tour plus at least one of
the following hands-on activities: advanced marching and weapon
drill, signal flag communications drill, mapping the fort,
1860’s baseball, or assembling a pup tent. The signal flag
activity requires classroom preparation (included in tour
guide). Time: allow 2 hours minimum.
Tours are $1 per student for the basic tour or $1.50 for the
activity tour, plus a one-time charge per leader or school of $5
for a complete 25 page teacher’s guide. (Example: a class of 30
taking an activity tour would cost $1.50 x 30 + $5 = $50.) The
teacher’s guide includes crossword puzzles, map activities,
reading exercises, coloring pages, and more. Checks should be
made to: Cape Girardeau Parks Foundation with a notation “Fort D
Fund” and may be brought with the group. The activity guide will
be mailed to your group upon making a reservation.
Limited souvenirs are available at this time: t-shirts ($10),
pencils ($0.25), wooden dummy rifle – not a cap gun - ($15.00),
post cards ($.50), period cedar pencils ($0.10), wooden signal
whistle ($5), minie (rifle) or musket ball ($1), jaw harp ($5),
hardtack ($1), wooden dice set ($3), Suede leather pouch
Through the cooperation of Pastor Blake Tiemann and his
congregation, restrooms are normally available at the House of
Hope, directly across Locust Street from the fort, in what was
formerly May Greene School. School groups must contact the House
of Hope (573-335-4858) in advance to insure that someone will be
there. There are no restrooms on the fort grounds.
If you are doing a picnic lunch you may use the fort grounds
provided another group is not having a tour. There are also
pavilions available in many of the other parks in Cape
Girardeau. To reserve a pavilion at a park call the Cape
Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department at 573-335-5421.
All activities are outdoors and there is little covered shelter
at the fort. Groups should come prepared for moderate weather,
i.e. bring a raincoat. If a last-minute cancellation is
necessary there will be no charge.