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Old Fort Parker

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hortiq wrote a review Dec 2020
Navasota, Texas96 contributions21 helpful votes
This weekend was the annual event "Christmas at the Fort", both Festival and Re-Enactments. Friday Dec. 11 was pretty much rained out, but yesterday (Saturday Dec. 12) the weather was perfect! There were vendors inside the Fort displaying their hand made items, with some providing live demonstrations of "how they do it". The demos included Flint Knapping - the art of shaping the arrowheads of the day (the "points".) We weren't there long enough to enjoy all that was offered, but the "Gunfight" with blackjack was fun, as was the "Circle Dancing" and music . Santa was inside the main building entertaining the kids and adults alike, nice little gift shop and very welcoming personnel. All the exhibitors and the performers were extremely friendly and eager to share their stories, experiences, and the lore that had been passed down through their families. There were wagon rides, canons firing periodically, and food! The log cabins were open to visitors, displaying photos and artifacts and authentic furnishings of the day. This was, of course, the Fort from which the mother of famous Comanche Warrior Quanah Parker (Cynthia Ann Parker) was kidnapped at the age of 9 by a Comanche raiding party. This is History, and at Old Fort Parker, they are doing a wonderful job of bringing that history alive!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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M H wrote a review Oct 2020
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A must see for any Texas history, frontier, or Native American history enthusiast. Be sure to read "Empire of the Summer Moon" or similar frontier memoir prior to visiting, so you'll be able to fully appreciate the people and events that made this place famous. The fort has been rebuilt, but every attempt was made to make the current structure identical to the original. This is a very affordable stop, just a couple of dollars to enter and tour the fort. They host lots of events too, so be sure and check their calendar.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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RickDude wrote a review Oct 2020
Cedar Hill, Texas31 contributions12 helpful votes
This is a great place to go back in time and imagine how life was back in the early 19th century in frontier Texas. I knew about it's history but did not realize it is only a short distance from the DFW area. The curator was very nice and has kept the historical site up nicely. Well worth the time and effort to visit if in the area.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Experience770924 wrote a review Jul 2020
Dallas, Texas12 contributions
The curator was very interesting, and related the history. The gift shop contained artifacts including a Mammoth skull found in the area. The fort doesn't have state funding, but does contain a wealth of history.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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bemurphy55 wrote a review Jul 2020
Arlington, Texas4 contributions
The story of Parker’s Fort is fascinating. The attack that day set in motion a chain of events of great historical importance. Fascinating place and story. I found the people in the visitor center to be helpful and more than happy to answer all my questions. I was shocked to find out that this historical landmark receives no monetary funds from the state of Texas or other historical organizations. Some of these groups, need to step up to the plate and help those people make some improvements. They are working on a shoestring budget. A fascinating place of historical importance. If you are planning to do a trip, do yourself or your kids a favor and do some research on the events that happened that day in the impact they had on the future.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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