All the cars zooming by on 290 just east of Fredricksburg are missing a fascinating stop at Fort Martin Scott. The historical society has recreated just enough of the original Fort to create a very intimate experience for visitors. It's open fields, ancient oaks, and scattered buildings provide a deep connection with the community that lived and worked here for five short years.
The only remaining building from the Fort is the Guard House.
All around the grounds of the Fort are these unassuming interpretive signs made from paintings of everyday life.
The married officers lived in luxury one room "duplexes".
In older settlements all around Texas I have seen these breezeways that are called "dogtrots".
One of the hardest jobs at the Fort was surly that of the laundresses. This pot had a 1/3" layer of ice on the water in the bottom the afternoon I visited. But I can sure image what it was like to wash clothes over an open fire in the summer.
No informational sign at this cabin. It was the only tin roof on the property. The cellar door on the back side was open allowing a family of skunks to take up residence!
The Fort, built in 1848 (time of CA gold rush), was the first U.S. Army outpost in Texas. It's purpose was to provide protection for settles from Comanche and Lipan Apache Indians. By 1853, settles had continued to move west and the Fort was decommissioned.