Sheffield: Fort Lancaster State Historic Site

The U.S. Army established Fort Lancaster in 1855 near an important crossing of the Pecos River on the military road between San Antonio and El Paso.  The garrison’s principal work was in providing escorts for mail carriers, wagon trains and settlers.  Buffalo soldiers from the 9th U.S. Cavalry used this sub-post for a few years following the Civil War, and several engagements between the soldiers and American Indians took place in this area.

Fort Lancaster State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is open to visitors, who may walk through the ruins and peruse the museum exhibit.  Events offered at Fort Lancaster include archeology awareness and living history education days. 

Fort Lancaster State Historic Site

  • Hours: daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 
  • Admission: Adults: $4, Ages 6-18: $3
  • 629 Fort Lancaster Road, Sheffield, TX
  • 432-836-4391
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  • National Register of Historic Places, a Texas Historical Commission property