Fort McKavett State Historic Site Events

February 2023

February 4

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.

March 2023

March 11

For well over 80 years, Fort McKavett was home to generations of Texans in Menard County. The site is proud of its heritage as a robust ranching community in the heart of the Texas Sheep, Goat, and Cattle industries. We want to invite those who lived and worked at Fort McKavett, their families and their friends, and those whose lives were touched by the "Rock Chunkers" to join us as we...

March 18

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.

April 2023

April 29

Are you a reenactor using black powder firearms? Fort McKavett is hosting a class on how to authentically roll 58 and 69 caliber Springfield cartridges, as well as the 577 Enfield cartridge. These cartridges are made the same way the originals were, except no projectile.

May 2023

May 26

The Texas Rangers were active throughout West Texas in the mid-19th Century. In 1878, there was a shootout in between Rangers and discharged soldiers from Fort McKavett at a place called "Scabtown", located a mile north of the fort. Come see living historians demonstrate their firearms and equipment like a Ranger of the mid-19th Century!

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 14

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 17

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.