Out of an abundance of caution and to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19, Fort Washita is currently closed. We will continue to update as the situation progresses.
Fort Washita was built in 1842 as the southwestern-most military post of the United States. The mission of Fort Washita was to protect the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes from the Plains Indians.
Fort Washita operated through 1865 and still stands today as a historic site and museum where visitors can learn what life was like before and during the Civil War. After the war, the fort was granted to the Chickasaw Nation and later the Dawes Commission allotted the fort and surrounding land to the Charles and Abbie Davis Colbert family.
After being abandoned in 1862 by Federal forces, and then occupied by Confederate troops during the Civil War, the Oklahoma Historical Society acquired Fort Washita in 1962 and restored it to the historic site and museum that stands today. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designed as a National Historic Landmark.
Fort Washita gives visitors the opportunity to explore the restored structures, see Civil War reenactments, and experience a yearly Fur Trade Era Rendezvous, which takes visitors on a journey of the past through educational stations, storytellers, and more.
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