Take trip back in time at Fort Croghan Day

Brooke Nickel, in her bonnet, and Colt Nickel, in his coonskin cap, both from Leander, get their hands into pottery crafts at Fort Croghan Day last year in Burnet. Fort Croghan Day returns to the historical Burnet County museum this Saturday, Oct. 13.




By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The community is encouraged to take a trip back in time with the Burnet County Heritage Society during the anticipated annual Fort Croghan Day, held at the museum and grounds on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The Fort Croghan Museum and Grounds will come back to life for this fun day, offering visitors a chance to experience life as it was at the fort in the 1850s.

Fort Croghan was commissioned by the United States and built in 1849 as protection for settlers from Native Americans and outlaws, and many families continued to live in the area after the Fort was decommissioned in 1853, dispersing and settling what eventually became the town of Burnet.

Though the old frontier days are now gone, the BCHS has continued to make an effort to preserve the grounds and update the museum to educate the public on life back in the mid-1800s and the settlers who called this area home.

“We try to maintain as much of an educational atmosphere as we can, and at the same time we want people to have fun and enjoy themselves,” said BCHS president Ann Nelson. “There is something for everyone; we just want people to come out and have a good time.”

Visitors of all ages will enjoy re-enactments of daily life at the fort, enjoying homemade biscuits with hand-churned butter, making corn husk dolls, weaving, crocheting, and quilting, and many more fun activities. Guests will also enjoy old fashioned hoop and beanbag toss games as well as stilt walking, paper bead and pottery making.

Presentations by Buffalo Soldiers, Fort Hood's First Cavalry Division, and the Sons of the Republic of Texas are scheduled, as well as an appearance by the Daughters of the American Revolution, who are new to the Fort Croghan Day festivities.

“The (BCHS), all volunteers, have faithfully kept the old fort grounds, cabins, and history preserved for future generations,” said Burnet County Historical Commission chair JoAnn Myers. “They have been able to accomplish this with only donations and hard work ever since the 1950's. This annual event is a 'show and tell' to visitors of what life was like during pioneer days.

“It is important because we have a bit of Texas history right here and we are proud to be able to demonstrate that history with re-enactors dressed in period costume or by showing how to do simple pioneer skills so they won't be forgotten.”

Admission to Fort Croghan Day is free, and lunch, drinks, homemade cookies and cakes will be available for purchase. The event will take place this Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fort and museum grounds, located at 703 Buchanan Drive, Burnet.

For more information on Fort Croghan and the Burnet County Heritage Society, visit their website, fortcroghan.org/home/about and stay up to date on events and other happenings on their Facebook page, facebook.com/fortcroghan.

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