FROM STAFF REPORTS
BURNET — The hot cider smells inviting along with freshly baked cookies. A woman dressed in pioneer clothes smiles and greets you as you make your way through an early Texas cabin.
“Merry Christmas,” she says as you admire the cedar Christmas tree tucked in the corner of the cabin, far enough away from the warm fireplace but close enough that you can enjoy its warmth.
Welcome to Christmas at Old Fort Croghan.
Volunteers decorated the historic fort, grounds, cabins and other buildings like pioneers did in the 1800s for a traditional Texas frontier Christmas.
Christmas at Old Fort Croghan is 5-8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the fort, 703 Buchanan Drive (Texas 29) next to Pizza Hut. Admission is free.
Re-enactors dressed in period costumes will take up residence in each of the three cabins, the one-room log schoolhouse, the Vandeveer family rock house and the rock stagecoach house. The volunteers will celebrate Christmas as settlers would have done many years ago.
The cabins and other buildings will be decorated with cedar Christmas trees gathered from the Burnet area and trimmed with homemade ornaments.
Musicians will play instruments just as people did during family gatherings during Christmases when times were much simpler.
As people walk through the fort, luminaries and kerosene lanterns will light their way. Along with cider and cookies, people can enjoy popcorn. At the pavilion, more musicians with dulcimers and other instruments will entertain guests as they sit on hay bales around a large Christmas tree.
Along with the fort, the museum will be open for people to visit. Again, volunteers dressed in period costumes will be on hand to answer questions about the history of Fort Croghan and the Hill Country.
A Fort Croghan Christmas offers people a great chance to connect with the past and reflect on what Christmas means today. Christmas at Old Fort Croghan is a great educational experience for adults and youth alike, but it’s also a chance to establish a wonderful family tradition.
Go to www.fortcroghan.org for more information on this event or Fort Croghan in general.