7066 FM 864
Fort McKavett, TX 76841
GPS: N30° 49' 28.2" W100° 6' 37.8"
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.
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...
For members of our reenacting group, 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...
For participants in our “Imprisoned on the Frontier” event, this is a great opportunity to come to the fort and put the finishing touches on your impressions for the event. Whether you need to sew a jacket together, complete accoutrements, or...
From the Blog
By Kevin Malcom, Fort McKavett Educator/Curator
Another year, another West Texas Heritage Days at Fort McKavett.
This year’s event was again a smashing success, with a new date that worked well for many reenactors. The parade field at Fort McKavett State Historic Site was alive with historic reenactors who set up various displays about life and soldiering on the Texas frontier....
By Kevin R. Malcolm, Fort McKavett Site Interpreter
The staff of Fort McKavett State Historic Site got a chance to get in the holiday spirit on December 19 by recreating the Christmas traditions of the 19th-century frontier. The event, entitled “Bullets and Baubles,” was a great success with a good turnout of volunteers and visitors all keen to enjoy the holiday spirit of time...
By Kevin R. Malcolm, Fort McKavett Curator
This summer, Fort McKavett was full of bustle as it played host to the 9th Annual Old Stories, New Voices Intercultural Youth Camp, sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association.
This year, campers between the ages of 10 and 12 were in attendance from the Dallas, Austin, and Stephenville areas. The campers were organized into four...