Fort McKavett State Historic Site Events

September 2017

September 16

Join members of Company H, 8th US Infantry (ca. 1853) as they work to create their own reproduction uniforms for future events and programs. Historically, the uniforms of the US Army would have been handmade by citizens living near arsenals like Schuylkill, Pennsylvania and others. However, once stationed on the frontier, soldiers would have to have uniforms tailored and repaired either by...

October 2017

October 21

Join us for a day and night of exploration as we spend the day looking at artifacts found at Fort McKavett during the archaeological digs done since the 1970’s. See the amazing finds of stones, glassware, metal buttons and fragments, and much more. Stay with us or come back after dusk and gaze upon the heavens with the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society as they use their high-powered...

November 2017

November 10

Company H of the 8th US Infantry will be assembling at Fort McKavett on Friday, November 10 for a School of the Soldier. Here we will be teaching (or refreshing!) the soldiers marching skills and preparing for our participation in the Annual Veterans Day Parade in Menard, Texas. Come out on Friday to see how the soldiers would move across the various battlefields of Mexico and Western Texas....

December 2017

December 9

This program is geared toward our reenactors who are participating in “The Army Returns: Reoccupying Fort McKavett”, our major reenactment event for 2018. This workshop will focus on getting reenactors equipped with the necessary clothing for both 35th Infantry and 4th Cavalry (ca. 1868) impressions.  Items that we will be making consist of Civil War four button sack coats, 1861 sky blue...

January 2018

January 13

We are very excited to announce that we are reopening one of our historic Officer’s kitchens! We will be occupying and operating the kitchen in the rear of Officer’s Quarters No. 4 to create historic dishes that would have been enjoyed by the officer’s and their families. Historically, Officers ate better than the men they commanded because they could afford to purchase their own food. However...

February 2018

February 3

For members of Co. H, 8th US Infantry, this is an opportunity to work on your various accoutrement kits in preparation for upcoming events. Expert Site Staff will be available to guide you through difficult portions or just help you get started. For visitors, come see how the leather accoutrements of the Antebellum Era were made and cared for. In the time before plastic and metal containers,...

April 2018

April 7

After the Army departed Menard County, local residents moved into the old buildings and created a town from the former army post. For decades after, the primary industry revolved around sheep and goat raising. For a time, Menard, Kimble, and surrounding counties were one of the foremost producers of wool and mohair in the United States. This program will feature the earliest days of Fort...

May 2018

May 4

Fort McKavett State Historic Site will come to life on May 4 and 5, 2018, as Living Historians from around the state gather to portray life as it would have been at the fort in the 1800s. Throughout the day, activities will include military drills, Native Indian demonstrations, Buffalo Soldiers, Buffalo Hunters, Chuck Wagon demonstrations, the Texas Camel Corps, the Texas Longhorn herd, a one-...

June 2018

June 9

Come out to the Fort and meet with various historic tradesmen (and women) as they show off their skills in their various crafts. From blacksmithing and tailoring to photography and carpentry, many historic trades will be featured, displaying the life of craftsmen before factories made them obsolete. After you visit the fort, be sure to swing down to the Fort McKavett Volunteer Fire Department...

June 21

In preparation for “Connecting the Forts: Greely’s Mission” we will be hosting another workshop that focuses on preparing members of Company I, 10th US Infantry for this immersion event slated for November 2018. This event will focus on making the pleated 1872 blouse and the 1872 kepi. The 1872 blouse is a unique garment that will require experienced site staff to assist participants in its...