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
325-396-2358
ft-mckavett@thc.texas.gov

 

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

September 2

"To Advance the Civilization of the Country": Army Telegraph of the 1870s

In 1877 a telegraph line was constructed at Fort McKavett, connecting Army forts across miles of West Texas frontier. How does a telegraph work? Come out to the post headquarters to watch soldiers operate a working telegraph! The headquarters...

October 29

Archeology Day and Star Party

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...

December 17

Victorian Christmas Fair

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...

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