Fort Davis National Historic Site, Fort Davis Texas

Fort Davis was a United States Army Garrison established in 1854 to protect travelers and the mail on the San Antonio El Paso Road.  Other duties of the soldiers stationed here were scouting expeditions to control Indian movements and exploratory parties to gain knowledge of the area.  Fort Davis National Historic Site is one of the nation’s best preserved frontier forts.  The fort was occupied from 1854 through 1891 with the exception of the civil war years.  (1861-1865)  Several of the original buildings, restored and furnished to the period are open for your viewing.  You should allow one to two hours for your self guided tour of the fort.  Allow more time if the enlisted men’s barracks is open and staffed by park personnel in period dress.  An interpretative talk is given with plenty of time to answer your questions.  The commanding officer’s quarters is also periodically staffed by the commander’s wife dressed in full victorian finery.  At times the restored kitchen is opened by staff portraying an officer’s servant.  Call ahead to the park to inquire if any of the buildings will be staffed during your visit.  The 474 acre historic site is open from 8AM-5PM daily.  Admission is $3 per person.  16 years of age and younger are free.  If you have a National Parks Pass (America the Beautiful) or a Golden Age Pass admission is free.  You may bring your leashed pet on the grounds but not in the buildings.  Hiking trails at the site offer additional activity and you will be rewarded with spectacular views if you venture up to the scenic overlook.  Fort Davis National Historic Site os located on the northern edge of the town of Fort Davis, Texas. 432-426-3224

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