Considered to be the largest and most complete restored circa 1800’s western military garrison, the “Fort Davis Historic Site” is a wonderful place to spend a few hours.
Visitors can enjoy a self guided tour of five restored buildings including the “Post Hospital” which was in use from 1876 until 1891.
During certain times of the year the buildings are staffed with informative interpreters dressed in period guide. While remaining in character the interpreters answer questions and act out what life was like in the fort so many years ago.
As visitors walk through the fort a bugle blast sounds in the distance and a daily “Retreat Parade” occurs at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm.
In addition to the five restored buildings replete with period furnishings, there are one hundred foundations and ruins to witness.
When the costumed guides are not available there are historical plaques along the way that detail parts of the fort’s history.
Furthermore, there are three nature hiking trails, two of which connect to larger trails within the “Davis Mountain State Park.”
As the “Fort Davis Historical Site” nature trails do involve scaling an incline there is at least some moderate exertion required to complete them. Trail maps are available at the on-site visitor’s center.
The visitor’s center contains many delightful exhibits including one devoted to the history of the fort’s celebrated “Buffalo Soldiers.”
Camping, fishing, overnight lodging, dining, shopping and cultural activities are available nearby.
Junior Ranger Program
The “Fort Davis Historical Site” offers a free, age appropriate “Junior Ranger Program” for children up to age 14. Upon completion of the program the child will receive an official “Junior Ranger” badge or patch.
Details about the “Junior Ranger Program” are available online and at the “Fort Davis Historic Site” visitor’s center.
Hours of Operation and Admission
The “Fort Davis Historical Site” is open daily year round from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. It is closed on several major holidays.
As of 2010 admission to the “Fort Davis Historical Site” is $3.00 per adult and free for children ages 15 and under. The $3.00 admission fee allows visitors seven days worth of access to the park.
Various times throughout the year the park management waives the $3.00 admission fee. To date the fee waived days for 2011 are April 17th through 25th, September 25th and November 11th.
Admission prices, fee waived days and hours of operation are subject to change without advance notice therefore it is best to call to confirm details in advance of one’s trip.
Fort Davis Historic Site
Post Office Box 1379
Fort Davis, TX 79734
Those that would like more information on things to do and see while in Fort Davis, Texas should log onto the city’s tourism website.