by Eric Abercrombie, assistant site manager at Fort Griffin State Historic Site
Recently, we had 159 Boy Scouts and 40 Scout Leaders, representing multiple troops from within the Double Mountain Region, come out to Fort Griffin for their annual gathering. Their purpose was to camp, work on merit badges and volunteer time to a worthy project. The project assigned to them was to restack our military cemetery rock perimeter wall. Until this past year, the rock wall had not been visible to the public because of years of vegetative growth. Fort Griffin maintenance staff devoted about a week last winter to clearing out brush growing in and around the wall to make it more visible. This was the first attempt at restoring the wall, but it still remained a simple pile of rubble forming the outline of the historic cemetery.
Fort Griffin State Historic Site is located 15 miles north of Albany on U.S. Hwy 283 in the Texas Forts Trail Region.