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"
325-396-2358
ft-mckavett@thc.texas.gov

 

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

April 15

Shrinking the Nation: Telegraphy at Fort McKavett

Before the days of instant messenger, texting, and free long-distance calls, messages could take months to cross the United States territory.  This changed with the invention of telegraph machines.  These brilliant electric devices turned a...

May 5

West Texas Heritage Days 2017 - Friday

Fort McKavett State Historic Site will come to life 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...

May 6

West Texas Heritage Days 2017 - Saturday

Fort McKavett State Historic Site will come to life on May 5th & 6th, 2017, 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...

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