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CANCELED: Christmas at Old Fort Croghan Canceled Due to Forecast of Rain

Luminarias light the way during a past Christmas at Old Fort Croghan. This year's event is 5-8 p.m. Dec. 8 at the historic fort and museum in Burnet. File photo

UPDATE: Christmas at Old Fort Croghan on Dec. 8 has been canceled due to rain in the forecast. Wet weather would make it difficult to light luminarias and prepare cabins as well as cause parking problems on the muddy grounds.

If the bright lights and hustle and bustle of Christmas are overwhelming, maybe you need to spend a little time in a place where things are simpler.

Christmas at Old Fort Croghan might be the short reprieve you need. Each year, volunteers transform Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum into an 1800s-era Christmas with lighted paths and decorated cabins.

This year’s event is 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the fort, 703 Buchanan Drive (Texas 29) in Burnet. Admission and parking are free, but donations are appreciated.

Fort Croghan predates Burnet County. It served as one of several forts established on the Western line by the U.S. government in the mid-1800s to provide security for settlers. The fort was in operation from 1849 to 1853, when the government decided settlers were large enough in number to protect themselves then set up a line of forts farther west.

Fort Croghan created the foundation of Burnet and Burnet County.

In the 1950s, local history advocates saw a need to preserve the county’s history and began collecting authentic artifacts and buildings — no reproductions — to display on the Fort Croghan grounds. The Burnet County Heritage Society moved several historic cabins and buildings from their original sites to the museum grounds over the years to preserve them for future generations.

While the museum closes for most of the winter, volunteers don period costumes, break out the holiday decorations, and host Christmas at Old Fort Croghan each year. There will be music and possibly some hot apple cider and other refreshments.

A walk around the luminaria-lighted paths of Fort Croghan is a nice break from the stress of the Christmas season.

Go to or check out the Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum Facebook page at for more information and updates.

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