Fort Mason

Fort Mason: Hours, Address, Fort Mason Reviews: 4/5

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pasherry
United States1,010 contributions
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We drove to the top of the hill where Ft Mason was. Other than a nice view of the town and surrounding area, there was only one building (old officers quarters) and a marker there. There are no staff. You can look through plexiglass to see several rooms with displays and artifacts. It was interesting to see which generals stationed at Ft Mason went on to be leaders in the Civil War. Robert E. Lee was here before he joined the Confederacy which was interesting. The building seemed neglected and sad but the history was interesting.
Written April 3, 2021
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Bob-a-Link
Fort Worth115 contributions
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We Toured the replica of the officer's quarters at Fort Mason and enjoyed the panoramic view from the Top of Post Hill. Even in summer cool breezes come through the double log cabin. Mason citizens recycled the material from the fort when building their own homes after the fort closed. A restoration of the fort began in 1975, which was spearheaded mainly by one individual. Today, the fort belongs to the Mason County Historical Society. There is one building from the fort which is original, and it is down the hill from the replica. You can recognize it by the red stone and the gun slits in the walls. It is on private property, but you can get a good look at it from the street. Combine the visit to Fort Mason and the two small museums in town, and you have a great overview of the area's history.

What impressed us the most was that Fort Mason was Robert E. Lee's last command with the United States Army. Fort Mason was established July 6, 1851 in what later became Mason County. It was named in honor of Lieut. George Thomson Mason, United States Army Second Lieutenant killed in the Thornton Affair during the Mexican–American War near Brownsville, April 25, 1846. The fort was abandoned by the military in the 1870s.
Written June 14, 2013
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Njoytravl
Austin, TX436 contributions
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Definitely worth the stop if you like this sort of thing. The officer's house at Fort Mason is located up on the hill, so there is a view, and even in mid-summer there was a cool breeze when standing on the front porch. The rooms have displays and information where visitors can see what life was like back then on a fort. Interesting to think that Robert E. Lee once lived there. Free!
Written July 8, 2014
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capitollover
Austin, TX2,435 contributions
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Only a replica of the Officer's Quarters turned into a mini museum stands on the site of Ft. Mason in present-day Mason, Texas. But, it is well worth the visit to learn the history of this "temporary" outpost built to protect the German immigrant settlers from the Comanche indigenous to the area.

20 officers posted at Ft. Mason went on to become generals in the American Civil War, 12 for the Confederacy and 8 for the Union. This postings was the last U.S. Army posting for Robert E. Lee before he led the Confederate Forces.

Looking down on the town of Mason, it is easy to see why this site was chosen for defense of the area.

There is no charge to visit the museum, and only 1 room is accessible. You turn the light on when you enter in order to read the information, and off when you leave.

It is atop "post hill" overlooking the town.
Written November 26, 2016
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genelary
Texas259 contributions
Beautiful site perched on a hill about the city of Mason. This was Robert E. Lee's past post before being called to command Confederate forces. Nice displays of life at the fort in the restored officers quarters.
Written September 1, 2015
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Alicia F
Mason, TX21 contributions
Family
This is a great part of history if you want a scenic view and are passing through the small town of mason. Don't waste your time traveling just to see this historical site because it takes all of 5 minutes to see the whole thing
Written July 22, 2014
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2Martines
Houston, TX14 contributions
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This is a great "quick stop" for anyone interested in a bit of history. Not much here, but they did a great job with what they had to offer. It is really an educational scenic overlook.
Written December 31, 2013
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TrueTexasTraveler
Amarillo, TX1,041 contributions
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While traveling through Mason we stopped at Fort Mason. If you're in the area I highly recommend it. Perched above the hill over looking the town, the reconstructed officers quarters contain a lot of information and artifacts along with recreations of what an officers room would have looked like. Some of the displays are run down and some of the informational panels are too faded, so it could use some work, but you'll still appreciate what's there. Go see the final post for Robert E. Lee while he was in the US Army. He's not the only famous general to come through what was once an extensive, important pioneer outpost on the Texas range.
Written August 13, 2017
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badell
Texas105 contributions
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This was once an extensive pioneer fort. Not much is left but for a small town like Mason, there is quite a lot of artifacts. The location is high up on a hill where one can envision the early days of few pioneer houses and possible Indians coming over the adjacent hills. It was impressive that Robert E. Lee was once here.
Written April 11, 2017
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texasrepublichistory
Dallas, TX655 contributions
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The single building of Old Fort Mason is more a landmark than a fort. The reconstructed officer's quarters building contains four rooms, which you can look into through shielded doorways, displaying furniture and personal items of an average officer at Fort Mason in the 1860's. One room is a mini museum, talking about the history of the fort and the surrounding area. Unmanned and open 24-hours, although I don't know if lights are on at night. As others have said, there's a great view of the town of Mason below and the county-side. recommended for history buffs and anyone who likes a beautiful view of the hill country.
Written February 6, 2017
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