Fort Lancaster State Historic Site

The fort ruins. Camels during a special event. Woman takes a photo of the sprawling vista. Visitors interact with exhibits.

629 Fort Lancaster Rd. 
Sheffield, TX 79781
GPS: N30° 39' 33.7" W101° 41' 36.2" 


Driving map to Ft. Lancaster.

Spanning 82 acres in the Pecos River valley, Fort Lancaster State Historic Site commemorates the vestiges of one of several posts established in the 1850s that played an important role in westward expansion by providing escorts for mail carriers, wagon trains, and settlers on the San Antonio–El Paso Road en route to California.

Today, visitors wander through ruins imagining the once-impressive establishment of over 30 permanent buildings—including a blacksmith shop, hospital, sutler’s store, and bakery—and enjoy the sights, sounds, and wildlife of West Texas.

Upcoming Events

May 5

State Historic Sites Free Day

Celebrate THC State Historic Sites Free Day on May 5!

In celebration of National Preservation Month and Texas Travel and Tourism Week, the THC will offer free admission to state historic sites on Sunday, May 5...

May 17

Western Frontier Days 2019

Join us on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 as Fort Lancaster comes alive with soldiers, pioneers, chuck wagons, livestock, camels, a stagecoach, and much more. Learn about life at this historic military fort with a variety of living history...

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