• Photo by: Max Kandler

    Fort Davis

    National Historic Site Texas

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  • Museum Closure

    The park auditorium is undergoing major rehabilitation and can only accommodate 15 persons watching the film at once. We play it every half hour, or on an as needed basis. Completion date; spring 2015. Everything else is open, as usual, at the park.

Things To Know Before You Come

Fort Davis National Historic Site

  • The park is located in the Central Time Zone
  • Allow two hours to visit the park
  • No public telephone is located within the park
  • Tours are self-guided
  • A wide-brimmed hat, comfortable clothing, and sturdy walking shoes or boots are necessary for anyone planning to hike. Sunscreen is a must. Hikers must always carry plenty of water.
  • Three drinking fountains are available at the park-inside the Visitor Center, outside the Auditorium, and in front of the Commanding Officer's Quarters. Water bottles are availavble for purchase in the Visitor Center. The drinking fountains outside the Auditorium and in front of the Commanding Officer's Quarters are turned off from November to March because of freezing weather.

Did You Know?

Old photo of Fort Davis post hospital.

Scurvy swept the garrison at Fort Davis in the spring of 1868, and the post surgeon, Daniel Weisel, stressed the necessity of including plenty of fresh vegetables in the diet. In 1869 he persuaded Colonel Merritt, the fort’s commander, to start a post garden.