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

March 11

Fort McKavett Town Reunion

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...

March 18

Spring Star Party

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...

April 29

"By the Book" Cartridge Making Class

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...

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