On our way out for a hike at Fort Parker State Park, we noticed a sign for Old Fort Parker Historic Site and we decided to stop by afterward to check it out.
Not knowing much history of the area, we weren’t really sure what to expect. We pulled up to a large parking lot and walked inside to the gift shop/entrance.
Something we quickly learned, they do not take credit/debit cards, only cash. Since we did not have any cash, we turned around to head back to the car but was stopped and informed that we could still continue through and just mail the admittance fee after we got home.
We walked through the door and after a very short walk on a bridge we were transformed back in time as we stepped foot onto Old Fort Parker.
What an amazing reconstruction! As you step into the reconstructed buildings, you feel like you are stepping back in time. Several are filled with period furnishings, which we thought were a really nice touch.
We loved that you could really explore the grounds and buildings at your own leisure.
History of Old Fort Parker Historic Site
Old Fort Parker Historic Site is a reconstructed fort which pays tribute to the Parker Family. The reconstruction was originally built in 1930 then reconstructed again in 1967.
From the Old Fort Parker brochure:
“The Parkers and other members of their church came to Texas from Crawford County, Illinois in 1833. Daniel Parker and the majority of his followers settled near the present city of Elkhart. Elder John Parker and three of his sons began to clear the land and construct Parker’s Fort in December of 1833.
On May 19, 1836, while most of the men were working in the fields, the Fort was attacked by Indians. Five settlers were killed and five were captured. The remaining twenty-one survivors were split into two groups and made their way to Fort Houston, near the present city of Palestine.”
Today you can roam the reconstructed Fort, explore the cabins, and climb the blockhouse.
You can also rent out the Old Fort Parker visitor center, historic house, camp houses, or rent an RV slot complete with water, electricity and a dump station.
866 Park Road 35
Groesbeck, TX 76642
Open Wednesday – Sunday
9 am – 5 pm
Adults $2 / Children 6-11 $1