• Photo by: Max Kandler

    Fort Davis

    National Historic Site Texas

For Kids

 Volunteer portraying a servant in the kitchen at Fort Davis.

Children age 8 through 14 can earn a badge or patch by doing the "Mystery of the Talking Walls." Under adult supervision, children follow a map and gather clues; they then have to DECODE a secret message. Allow 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete. We also have a Junior Ranger Program for children under 8.

Curriculum-based education programs are also available for school groups. See FOR TEACHERS for more information.

Did You Know?

Painting of the first Fort Davis by Authur Lee.

On October 23, 1854, General Persifor F. Smith, in command of the Department of Texas, issued the order officially establishing Fort Davis. Smith, who had personally selected the site, named the post in honor of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis.