Fort McKavett State Historic Site Events

October 2022

October 29

Join us for our annaul archeology day and star party! Our staff will show you how this active archeological site has transformed since its town days ended nearly fifty years ago. When the sun goes down, members from the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society will set up telescopes so you can get a special viewing of the nighttime sky! Evening event participants must fill out a waiver and be...

December 2022

December 17

Join us for a holiday celebration at Fort McKavett! We invite you into our historic structures to make Christmas decorations, decorate cookies, and sing carols. Saint Nicholas will also pay the fort a visit to take gift requests. Participants pay for tokens to be spent on the activities, and when you finish making them, they are yours to keep!  For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at...

January 2023

January 14

Join us for an interactive workshop where you will learn how to make a pre-1860s uniform! Participants who want to take home a uniform for use at our site, and other Texas historic sites, must purchase their cloth from an approved vendor and bring their own notions. You are not required to purchase if you only want to learn how to sew! For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns...

February 2023

February 26

How did the Army feed hundreds of soldiers on a remote frontier fort? Come see how this post made up for a lack of supply with its own garden and local game while soldiers prepare meals in an open hearth kitchen. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

April 2023

April 1

Our Spring Star Party is one of our highlights! Members of the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society will bring their telescopes out for public use. Participants must arrive by 4PM to fill out a waiver and familiarize themselves with the grounds. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

May 2023

May 26

Fort McKavett was established by the 8th Infantry Regiment in 1852 and was occupied by the Army until 1859. What did the soldiers do here in the pre-Civil War (Antebellum) era? Come see the soldiers perform drill, fatigue duty, and leisurely activities as they would have 170 years ago. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

June 2023

June 3

Grab your cameras and come out to see the nighttime sky at McKavett! Please be on site by 4PM to fill out a waiver and familiarize yourselves with the grounds. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

June 17

Fort McKavett was more than just a military outpost. It was a community of workers, contractors, tradesmen, and businessmen whose talents built and maintained the fort. Come see our volunteers work many unique trade skills that would have helped maintain this frontier installation! For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

July 2023

July 8

Ground cloths were used by military and civilians alike, be it to use as a shelter, cover, or a pad on the ground as its name suggests. Painted cloths are a mixture of oils to make a primitive waterproofing. Participants will need to purchase their materials and bring their own sewing notions. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

September 2023

September 1

In 1868, after nine years of neglect, the US Army returned to Fort McKavett and began rebuilding its structures. The Texas Rifles living history organization will portray the 35th Infantry Regiment assigned to rebuild and maintain Fort McKavett, along with general soldierly duties, like receiving pay, drill, and leisure. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov...

October 2023

October 21

Join us for our annaul archeology day and star party! Our staff will show you how this active archeological site has transformed since its town days ended nearly fifty years ago. When the sun goes down, members from the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society will set up telescopes so you can get a special viewing of the nighttime sky! Evening event participants must fill out a waiver and be...

November 2023

November 19

Fort McKavett saw many delicious recipes throughout its time as an Army post and town. Our historic foodways program demonstrates what may have been served to the soldiers and citizens here, and involves cooking over an open hearth with period-correct utensils and cookware. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.