Recently, we went on an exploration day (aka Mom needed out of the house). We found our way to Fredericksburg, Texas. We didn’t get out in town to explore, but as we were leaving we noticed a bunch of REALLY old buildings and decided to pull in to see what they were.
Turns out it was Fort Martin Scott (formally named Camp Houston) an old Army post. In fact it was the first U.S. military post to be established on the western frontier of Texas.
It is located on the eastern side of Fredericksburg and admission is FREE! You are also free to walk the grounds at your own leisure, which is super important to us! While I love hearing a guide talk about the history, I much prefer to look around at my own pace and not in some huge group. I also found this works better for my children as well. Plus it allows me to put my husband in time out when needed.
Several of the buildings have been restored and some are no longer there (just the foundation or a marker of where it once was). I won’t get into all the history as you can check out their official website and read over it.
They also hold reenactments at the Fort, which I have always found pretty cool. Although, I have yet to attend one at Fort Martin Scott (putting that on my to do list now).
Make sure to bring your camera! Trust me, you will be happy you did! Oh and a word of advice; wear closed toe shoes (no flip-flops or sandals like I did). There are stickers like crazy out there and they hurt.
Have you visited Fort Martin Scott? Leave a comment and let me know how you liked it!