Fort Lancaster State Historic Site

The fort ruins. Camels during a special event. Woman takes a photo of the sprawling vista. Visitors interact with exhibits.

629 Fort Lancaster Rd. 
Sheffield, TX 79781
GPS: N30° 39' 33.7" W101° 41' 36.2" 
432-836-4391
ft-lancaster@thc.state.tx.us

 

Driving map to Ft. Lancaster.

Spanning 82 acres in the Pecos River valley, Fort Lancaster State Historic Site commemorates the vestiges of one of several posts established in the 1850s that played an important role in westward expansion by providing escorts for mail carriers, wagon trains, and settlers on the San Antonio–El Paso Road en route to California.

Today, visitors wander through ruins imagining the once-impressive establishment of 25 permanent buildings—including a blacksmith shop, hospital, sutler’s store, and bakery—and enjoy the sights, sounds, and wildlife of West Texas.

Upcoming Events

May 1

Historic Sites Free Day

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) will offer FREE admission to all 20 THC state historic sites on Sunday, May 1st, including Fort Lancaster State Historic Site.

May 20

Western Frontier Days & Visitors Center Grand Reopening

Join us for our FREE Annual Western Frontier Days and Grand Reopening of our new Visitors Center.

Grand Reopening Ceremony at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

May 21

Western Frontier Days & Visitors Center Grand Reopening

Join us for our FREE Annual Western Frontier Days and Grand Reopening of our new Visitors Center.

Grand Reopening Ceremony at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

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