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

March 11

POW Workshop

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...

March 17

Imprisoned on the Frontier: The POW Camp at Fort McKavett 1861-‘62

Come out and see the 155th Anniversary of the Imprisonment of Federal Soldiers at Fort McKavett during the first winter of the Civil War (1861-’62).  This event will be open to public viewing and will feature reenactors in character performing...

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...

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