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SPRING BREAK: Get a fun history lesson at Fort Croghan Museum

Fort Croghan Museum, 703 Buchanan Drive (Texas 29) in Burnet next to the Pizza Hut, will be open Monday-Saturday through March 21 for Spring Break. Parking and admission are free. The fort helped lay the foundation for Burnet County when it was established in 1849. Courtesy photo


BURNET — Maybe the last thing your kids want to do on Spring Break is learn a little history. But what if you took them to an actual fort where men carrying old muzzleloaders once patrolled the early western edge of the Texas frontier?

The Fort Croghan Museum, 703 Buchanan Drive (Texas 29) in Burnet, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday through March 21 during Spring Break with volunteers ready to help you experience history, not just read about it.

The museum is the site of Fort Croghan, which was started in 1849 to offer protection to early settlers. Fort Croghan was one of a line of outposts set up along the (then) western Texas frontier. While it was only occupied by the U.S. Army for a handful of years, Fort Croghan helped create what would become Burnet and Burnet County.

Along with many historical artifacts, the museum includes two original buildings from Fort Croghan: the “lookout hut” and “powder house.” The powder house actually served as the headquarters for the fort when it was operating.

The Fort Croghan Museum has added many other features over the years including several log cabins with pioneer furnishings, a blacksmith shop, a syrup mill and lots of early farming implements. It’s a chance for people of all ages to “experience” life on the frontier.

Parking and admission are free. The experiences and lessons, however, are priceless.