Fort McKavett State Historic Site Events

September 2018

September 21

Description: Overshirts, Undershirts, Battleshirts, OH MY! This program will be a workshop event that will teach reenactors to make their own handmade shirts to go with any impression! Linen and cotton undershirts made on the square were very common from the early 1800's through the 1860's and 70's. Overshirts and fancier "battleshirts" were also very common outerwear for soldiers during the...

October 2018

October 13

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 2018

November 9

FALL IN and join members of Company H, 8th US Infantry as they practice their close order drill in preparation for a garrison reenactment event in the Fall of 2019.  Saturday, the soldiers will go into Menard to participate in the annual Veterans Day Parade before returning to the fort to continue their drill practice.  New reenactor volunteers are encouraged to stay on site and immerse...

December 2018

December 21

Ring in the holidays with us here at Fort McKavett!  Join site staff and reenactor volunteers as they host the Christmas holiday with period celebrations, decoration crafting, caroling, food, and much more!  Reenactor volunteers are welcome to join us in period clothes and enjoy all the festivities of Christmas on the 19th Century Frontier.  If you have a traditional family recipe, feel free...

February 2019

February 8

Join members of the Trans-Mississippi Hellcats Mess as they host a Camp of Instruction focused on perfecting close order infantry drill using Hardee’s Drill Manual.  This camp is meant to assist new and old members of the Trans-Mississippi Hellcats Mess, the Magnolia Mess, and any others interested in Confederate progressive campaign reenacting get prepared for future events such as Ft....

March 2019

March 22

Join us as we spend the day unraveling from all the hard duties soldiers performed during their service on the Texas frontier.  Sing and hum along with musicians as they sing historic songs and play period instruments.  Enter the gambling hall and let the hole in your pocket expand under the supervision of William B. “Bat” Masterson.  Reenactors are encouraged to stay on site and let the good...

May 2019

May 3

Fort McKavett State Historic Site will come to life on May 4 & 5, 2019, 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...