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Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,217 contributions
We stopped by Fort Parker Historical Site on our way home. Although a bit out of the way it was worth it. Only 2 bucks to get in. There is a self-guided tour with signs and a short video. The place needs a little TLC as the poison ivy and Hummingbird vines are taking over the walls of the fort. Inside the cabins in the fort are depictions of how the people of the time lived with their bare number of possessions. I think a guided tour of the site would do it much more justice. It was a fun stop though.
Written July 3, 2022
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Carol D
Texas21 contributions
I had been by here a few years ago but it was closed on that particular day. My trip this time was great. The re-created fort was worth the time I spent there. But even more interesting was the visit I had with the people in the gift shop/museum where you enter. I had a great time talking with Sarah & Ron and would not have left until they kicked me out at closing, except that I had to get back home that evening for a dinner. They are both very knowledgeable about the real history and the fort & location. I knew the fort was a re-creation but had not ever read anywhere how much had been left for the CCC to rebuild it. They knew how it was determined to be at the correct spot, what condition it was in when the rebuilding was undertaken, and so much more. Sarah especially is very versed in the history of the Parkers and Anglins. It was fun comparing information with her. They also told me of other points of interest around the county and I cant wait to take another road trip to Limestone County
Written October 4, 2021
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M H
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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.
Written October 27, 2020
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bemurphy55
Arlington, TX4 contributions
Couples
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.
Written July 3, 2020
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RickDude
Cedar Hill, TX50 contributions
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.
Written October 22, 2020
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crusadercc
Georgetown, TX805 contributions
A fascinating part of Texas history and an impressive (but aging) reconstruction. We saw only one other family during our Sunday visit. Some of the "homes" include period beds, kitchen, etc and they make it easy to imagine what it would be like to live on the frontier. It would be nice to have docents or something like that to explain further (maybe they do on busier days?). Prices are very cheap ($2/adult, $1/kid over 5).
Written January 21, 2021
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Experience770924
Dallas, TX13 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.
Written July 13, 2020
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texhills
Aubrey, TX12,424 contributions
Couples
For anyone interested in Texas frontier history, a visit to Old Fort Parker is rewarding. It was here that Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Indians after a barbaric attack on the fort on May 19, 1836. The date is less than a month after the Battle of San Jacinto. One foe had been defeated by the Texans, but another remained potent and very dangerous.

The reconstructed fort is substantial. Said to be a recreation of the original built by the Parkers in 1834, the fort is a rectangular space enclosed by 12-foot high split cedars with block houses on two corners and cabins along the walls. Visitors are free to self tour and step into some of the cabins which have period furnishings. Displays in one of the cabins have pictures of Cynthia Ann with her daughter after her recapture (many would say second capture) by the Texas Rangers 24 years later at the Battle of Pease River near present day Crowell. Also shown are pictures of Quanah Parker, her remarkable son who was the last warrior chief of the Comanches. An amateur DVD gives a brief sanitized version of the Cynthia Ann story for those unfamiliar with it.

The entrance fee is $2 per adult at this writing. As it is a county-run facility, state park passes are not accepted. A nice visitor center has water, soft drinks and restrooms. The lady on duty when we were there was very knowledgeable. She explained the reason for the grave of the five men killed in the attack being far from the fort. It seems that the survivors buried the bodies just outside the fort before they left for Fort Houston sixty miles away. When the army later came to investigate, the graves had been disturbed, whether by animals or Indians couldn't be determined. The remains were taken to what is now Fort Parker Memorial Park, which is about a mile and half from Fort Parker, and buried in a mass grave on a hill beside a large live oak tree.

A visit to Fort Parker Memorial Park takes only a little time. Today a large concrete slab covers the mass grave inscribed with the names of the five men buried there--three Parkers and two Frosts. Oddly, the location of the grave does not appear on the register of graves in the small structure at the entrance to the cemetery. To find it, drive straight to the tall monument in the center of the cemetery and turn left. The grave is located at the first right turn. It is enclosed by a low steel pipe fence.
Written December 6, 2011
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midwayhorn
Hewitt, TX105 contributions
Family
First time to visit in many years. It still is a great story of early Texas history. Interesting to see how early settlers lived.
Contrary to a rant from a previous reviewer that this couldn't be the original site because it was too far from water, Parker Spring is 130 feet from the back gate...
Written April 25, 2018
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P5_Crazy_Train
Austin, TX1,144 contributions
Every self-respecting Texan knows the story of Cynthia Ann Parker. If you don't, then you should. Old Fort Parker is the site where the trajectory of the Parker family was altered dramatically, and where the lines between historical fact and legend have become so blurred that most people don't even know what the truth is. From John Ford/John Wayne's "The Searchers," to the legend of Quanah Parker and the tragic fate of Cynthia Ann, the restored site of Old Fort Parker is a gem of often overlooked and often misunderstood Texas history.

Frontier Blood: The Saga of the Parker Family is an excellent primer if you really want to know the history before you go. It's a thoroughly researched and well written history of the family. Don't count on much (actually any) info at the actual site. The shop/entry doesn't have anything to offer in the way of books, guides, etc. But, the admission charge is nominal, and the historical relevance is pretty awesome.
Written May 10, 2015
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