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

December 21

A Soldier's Christmas

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...

February 8

Confederate Camp of Instruction

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...

March 22

All Work and No Play!

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...

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