Fort McKavett State Historic Site

Reenactors raise the US flag. The fort ruins at night. Soldier reenactors. Kids play games on the grounds.

7066 FM 864 
Fort McKavett, TX 76841
GPS: N30° 49' 28.2" W100° 6' 37.8"


Driving map to Fort McKavett.

Standing atop a windswept remote hill, the remains of a 150-year-old West Texas fort beckon curious visitors to the site that is now considered one of the best preserved and most intact examples of a Texas Indian Wars (1850–1875) military post. Take in the spectacular Hill Country vistas and experience the history of early West Texas life through the real stories of the infantrymen, Buffalo Soldiers, women, and children who lived at what Gen. William T. Sherman once described as "the prettiest post in Texas."

Restored structures include the officers’ quarters, barracks, hospital, school house, dead house, sink, and post headquarters. In addition, there are ruins of several buildings, most notably the commanding officer’s quarters, which burned in 1941, and the barracks along the north side of the parade ground, which once was the longest building west of the Mississippi River.

Upcoming Events

November 5

The Seeds of Winter: Winter Gardening

Did you know that not all crops like warm weather?  Some of the many different crops grown at Fort McKavett only grew during the winter months.  Come join us as we sow the various seeds that will make-up our winter garden including lettuce,...

December 10

Navigating the Prairies: Celestial Navigation

Before Western Texas became the cattle and oil rich expanse of land it is today, this area was as foreign to Americans as Africa.  With the California Gold Rush of 1849, it was very important to the US Government that the new Southwestern United...

January 14

The Army’s Stomach: Foodways at Fort McKavett

Napoleon once said that “an army moves on its stomach.”  Without food, soldiers would have a hard time fighting the enemy, which is why the Army issued them basic rations consisting of meat, beans, and bread.  This, however, was not the sum of...

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