Holding command over the Southern Plains, Fort Griffin served as one in a line of western defensive forts from 1867 to 1881. Remnants of the fort remain today at Fort Griffin State Historic Site, which is also home to the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd and offers camping, fishing, hiking, stargazing, and living history.
Among the fort's ruins are a mess hall, barracks, first sergeant’s quarters, bakery, powder magazine, and hand-dug well that are all deeply tied to Texas history. The campgrounds, located on the banks of the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, provide visitors with an opportunity to relax under large shade trees, enjoy the playground, catch catfish in the river, or hike nature trails connected to the campground. Due to the vast ranches surrounding the property, Fort Griffin has minimal light pollution. The result is an astronomer’s oasis with great skies for viewing constellations, planets, and galaxies at Fort Griffin’s monthly stargazing events.
Fort Griffin is a State Archeological Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Living historians will be fine-tuning their skills while they portray a frontier winter encampment with demonstrations that may include dutch oven cooking, bullet casting, crafting paper cartridges, making rag rugs, archery, sharpening knives and...
Trail ride benefitting the Fort Griffin Living History Association (FGLHA). Lunch and drinks will be provided during a break between two phases of the ride. While on the trail, riders can expect to see the Official State of Texas longhorn herd,...
From the Blog
It’s always a good time to visit a state historic site, but Texas anglers have a special reason to get hooked on history. Several of the Texas Historical Commission’s state historic sites offer amazing fishing opportunities year-round. State fishing rules apply at all sites.Confederate Reunion Grounds
1738 FM 2705, Mexia, TX 76667
Mexia’s Confederate Reunion Grounds...
By Will Cradduck, Fort Griffin Herd Manager
What do wildflowers and large groups of Scouts have in common with baby longhorns? They are all sure signs of spring at Fort Griffin State Historic Site!
Pictured is one of our new heifer calves born about eight weeks ago. She’s getting lots of company, as the other cows have their calves, and they all have great fun as they play...
By Mitch Baird, Fort Griffin Site Manager
Fort Griffin State Historic Site participated in Fort McKavett State Historic Site’s annual living history event on March 21–22. I, along with my wife Sharon and son Bobby, discussed corn and frontier cooking, while Fort Griffin Program Specialist Eric Abercrombie baked biscuits and discussed green coffee beans and other items issued to...