Ft. Croghan

Bob and I visited Fort Croghan this past Saturday.  This was the third of the first four forts created by the United States government to protect settlers from hostile Indians in Texas. Established in 1849, the Fort consisted of 50 acres from Hamilton Creek westward.  The Fort is difficult to imagine as a large portion of the city of Burnet, Texas surrounds the museum and grounds and much of its original land is now private.  However, two of the original building remain and many of the other building at the Fort are associated with the period making it easy to visualize life in the mid 1800s.

The two building that are remaining are the Adjutant’s Office/Powder House and the Lookout Building.  The Adjutant’s Office/Powder House was also used during the Civil War to make gunpowder which was then taken by wagon to the Confederate forces.

Adjutant's Office 2

Adjutant’s Office/Powder House

The Lookout Building was originally located on top of Post Mountain and moved to the Fort Croghan Museum and Grounds for preservation.  This is where the men would watch for encroaching hostile Indians.

Lookout Building

Lookout Building

A memorial is placed in the center of the grounds in memory of those that lost their lives while at Fort Croghan.

Memorial Marker for those that died

The other building on the Grounds depicted various uses appropriate for the time era.

The blacksmith shop is a complete working shop.  There are forges, bellows, anvils and tools.

Black Smith Shop

Blacksmith Shop

The water well would be crucial for the survival of the fort or any settler.

Well

Water Well

Any settlement would need a schoolhouse.  However, it is believed that not all children were able to attend school.

School House

School house with nearby outhouse

The Board of Education started setting the rules early!

Teacher Rules

Inside School House

Interior of the school house.

The Stagecoach House is the original stop on the way to Llano.

Stagecoach house

Stagecoach house

Hints for riding a stagecoach.

Stagecoach rules

The Old Fry Cabin is a two room house.  On one end is the sleeping quarters and the other end is the cooking, dining, and living quarters.  This two room house was the home of a family that had 11 children!!

Old Fry Cabin

Old Fry Cabin

Below are interior pictures of a one room house, known as the Kincheloe Cabin.

 Inside Kincheloe Cabin (2) Inside Kincheloe CabinInside Kincheloe Cabin (3)

This was the largest house to be seen.  The left side was the cooking and eating area and the right side was the sleeping area.  The middle was called a dog-trot, which had numerous uses.  It was an area to sit and cool off;  an area to bring the horses and milk cows to keep them from being stolen should Indians or rustlers be in the area; and finally, if there was company, a wagon with hay could be pulled in to provide some extra sleeping area.

Dog Trot Cabin (2)

Each of the buildings are functional.  Once a year the Fort comes alive with Fort Croghan Day where volunteers re-enact a day in the life of a settler.

We really enjoyed the tour and looking at all the interesting mementos that was in the museum.  I appreciated the opportunity to see how rustic life was at that time and have a higher degree of respect for those settlers that wanted to make Texas their home.

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