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Friday, April 16, 2010

Historic Sites Spring into Action

By Sarah Tober, Senior Marketing Specialist for the Historic Sites

Springtime in Texas is full of activity with everyone eagerly heading outdoors to enjoy beautiful landscapes and ideal temperatures. This period of fresh flowers and foliage seems to be particularly robust with all the rain Texas has received, making it a perfect time to get out and experience the mystique of these real places. The Historic Sites are not only covered in buds of beauty, but they’re springing to life with reenactments, living history events, Victorian teas, trail rides and croquet tournaments.

Recently, Fort McKavett participated in the annual West Texas Heritage Days event in March. The staff and living historians hosted more than 500 students on Friday (the education day) and the general public on Saturday.

Throughout the event there were cannon demonstrations, cavalry, artillery and infantry action drills, Native American living history performances, Buffalo Soldiers, Buffalo Hunters, chuckwagon delectables, the Texas Camel Corps and a number of frontier skills activities.
Although the list of event details may be impressive, I was lucky enough to attend the education day and experience this historic fort come to life. Walking through the site was like moving through a portal in time, where I could see the pages of history in action — what it must have been like to watch the soldiers and horses move through the fort, or the officers’ wives bustle through their day.
My favorite story that I took away from West Texas Heritage Days was told by one of the living historians of Cathay Williams, a brave female Buffalo Soldier. To read more about this exceptional woman click here.
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