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.

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Location

629 Fort Lancaster Rd.  
Sheffield, TX 79781 
432-836-4391 
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Hours

Tuesday - Saturday 
9a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Tickets

Adults $4 
Students, Seniors, Adult Tours, and Youth $3 
Family Fee (2 adults/1 child or 1 adult/2 children) $8 
School Groups $1
Military (Veteran, Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve) Free 

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Programs

School Tours 
Group Tours

Reenactors standing in front of ruins

Plan Your Visit

At Fort Lancaster State Historic Site, visitors can tour the remnants of a 19th-century military fort that at one time had over 30 structures. 

Tents set up on the grounds during a living history event

Fort Lancaster History

After the Mexican War (1846-1848), the U.S. Army was charged with the defense of settlements and with the protection of travelers through Western Texas.

Ruins on the grounds

Support the Fort Lancaster Company

Fort Lancaster Company is a "Fiscally Sponsored Project" of the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission (a 501(C)(3) nonprofit charitable organization). Your gift will directly support this organization. 

Events at Fort Lancaster

Stagecoach Arriving at Fort Lancaster.  Artist Frank Weir.  2015.

Guided Tour and Soldier Equipment Display

Special Guided Tour and Soldier Equipment display at Fort Lancaster Visitor Center.

Thursday February 29, 2024 at 2:00p.m.

Contact Fort Lancaster at: 432-836-4391 for more information.

The Alamo (circa 1868).

Guided Tour and Soldier Equipment Display

Special Guided Tour and Soldier Equipment display at Fort Lancaster Visitor Center.

Wednesday March 6, 2024 at 2:00p.m.

Contact Fort Lancaster at: 432-836-4391 for more information.