Fort Washita Historic Site & Museum

Fort Washita Historic Site & Museum 3348 State Rd 199
Durant, OK 74701

Phone: 580-924-6502
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Built in 1842 and operated through 1865, the fort's purpose was to protect the Chickasaw and Choctaw Tribes from marauding plains tribes. Log structures were built at first (an officer's quarters is open for viewing today), then permanent native sandstone and refined wooden structures were built. Federal forces abandoned the fort at the beginning of the Civil War in 1862. Confederate forces then occupied it and it became a major supply depot for Confederate troops in Indian Territory. In 1962, the fort was acquired by the Oklahoma Historical Society, who restored some of the fort's original ...

Built in 1842 and operated through 1865, the fort's purpose was to protect the Chickasaw and Choctaw Tribes from marauding plains tribes. Log structures were built at first (an officer's quarters is open for viewing today), then permanent native sandstone and refined wooden structures were built. Federal forces abandoned the fort at the beginning of the Civil War in 1862. Confederate forces then occupied it and it became a major supply depot for Confederate troops in Indian Territory. In 1962, the fort was acquired by the Oklahoma Historical Society, who restored some of the fort's original structures.

Fort Washita is also rumored to be haunted by Aunt Jane, a strong-willed woman who was murdered by thieves sometime before 1861 because she wouldn't disclose the location of her buried money. The money was never found, and Aunt Jane was buried on the grounds of Fort Washita. However, her ghost has reportedly been seen floating near the ruins wearing a white gown. She is also reported to have possessed the body of a young child named Molly Stalcup sometime in the late 19th or early 20th century.

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  • Facility Amenities: ADA Compliant, Gift Shop

  • General Information: Free admission

  • Group Amenities: Bus/Motorcoach Parking

Day

Open

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Sunday

1:00 pm

4:30 pm

Tuesday

9:00 am

4:30 pm

Wednesday

9:00 am

4:30 pm

Thursday

9:00 am

4:30 pm

Friday

9:00 am

4:30 pm

Saturday

9:00 am

4:30 pm

Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the pricing listed above, prices are subject to change without notice.

Located 15 miles NW of Durant and 15 miles E of Madill on St Hwy 199.

Primary Contact:

Ron Petty




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From TravelOK.com Staff on 12/05/14

Steve, thanks for your comment! The map should be up-to-date now. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From steve black on 12/04/14

great article, but pinpointed wrong on the map. It's not east of Calera, but north of Durant.


From John D Colbert on 10/31/14

Been there many times, great staff and neat place to visit. Family cemetery on grounds there.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/27/12

Kim - For specific information about Fort Washita, please contact the property directly at 580-924-6502. Thank you for visiting TravelOK.com!


From Kim Jaynes on 08/26/12

I am researching the Virginia Point Cemetery in Fannin County, Texas. In 1844 we burned our Church building because some soldiers stayed the night and at least one died of small pox. Do you have any record of any soldiers dying about that time in Texas of small pox? Maybe of anything? Sometimes people tell tales to make their fellow soldiers seem to have died brave in battle. Thanks Kim Jaynes


From John on 05/24/11

Nice post....


 
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