Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Visit the Fort by Lantern Light, Evening Tours at Fort Davis, October 6

Our friends at Fort Davis National Historic Site host an annual evening event which projects visitors back in time.  They sent us the following about their October 6 evening tours:

"Over 40 living history reenactors will perform vignettes based on historical events that took place at Fort Davis when it was an active military post (1854-1891). Visit the Fort after hours and by lantern light at this once-a-year event! Fun-filled guided tours begin at 6:00 p.m. and are staggered every half hour; the last tour begins at 8:30 p.m. Wear comfortable walking shoes to walk about a mile on this tour that lasts just over one hour.
This year, the Presidential Election of 1884 will be featured. Find out who won the election and meet some of the characters who lived at historic Fort Davis. Meet the spunky officer's servant, Mrs. Murphy, as she banters humorously while serving warm cider and cookies to guests. Watch a delirious sergeant on sick call at the post hospital in 1887 chiding the capable post surgeon. Encounter officers' wives of the 10th Cavalry in 1885 discussing the regiment's upcoming move to Arizona.

It's a night to remember! It's not to be missed! Also see some of the new medical exhibits that the National Park Service installed recently in the 1876 post hospital.
For those with walking issues, we suggest you sign up for an early tour while it is still daylight. For those wanting to see the Fort after dark by lantern light, we suggest one of the later tours."

Sounds like fun!  For more details, including a phone call for questions about this free program (although they'd gladly accept donations!), click here.

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