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Fort Croghan is Real Deal When It Comes to Burnet County History; Museum Open Through Oct. 13

The Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum in Burnet is open for visits Thursday-Saturday, April 5-Oct. 13. File photo

BURNET — To learn how early Burnet County and Highland Lakes settlers lived, a stop at Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum should be high on your list of places to see.

The fort and museum, 700 Buchanan Drive (Texas 29), opens for visits starting Thursday, April 5. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Oct. 13.

The U.S. government established Fort Croghan in the first quarter of 1849. It was one of several forts stretched across the western frontier of Texas built to protect early settlers from Native Americans who didn’t like the intrusion by these pioneers. Fort Croghan helped secure the area around Hamilton Creek, which eventually led to the creation of early Burnet, though at the time, the community was called Hamilton or Hamilton Valley. It wasn’t until 1852, when the Texas Legislature created Burnet County, that the community took the name Burnet in honor of David G. Burnet, the first Republic of Texas president.

You can read about local history online or in books, but it comes to life at Fort Croghan. Over the years, the Burnet County Heritage Society has curated hundreds of items tied to the area’s history.

The displays at Fort Croghan, including the cabins and structures outside, are authentic. Some museums only have replicas of items or buildings, but Fort Croghan features the real deal.

Admission to the fort and museum is free, but donations help keep the doors open and the collection growing. On Saturday, April 21, the museum is hosting a San Jacinto Day fish fry fundraiser starting at 4:30 p.m. A $10 donation gets you a plate of catfish, hush puppies, french fries, cole slaw, and peach cobbler and a glass of tea.

You can even purchase items such as handmade wagon train dolls, homemade baked goods, T-shirts, tote bags, and history books. Plus, there will be live music, a classic car show, and more.

Check out the Fort Croghan Facebook page for more information.

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