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Fort Washita Welcomes Visitors

Date: June 08, 2021

Fort Washita is now reopened to the public. Fort Washita, located in Bryan County, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1843, its purpose was to maintain peace for the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations within their new land, under treaty obligation. During the Civil War in 1861, it was occupied by Confederate forces, until they fled at the end of the war, leaving it almost destroyed.

The fort was eventually granted to the Chickasaw Nation. The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) began restoration of the fort in 1962. The project was completed in 2017 by the Chickasaw Nation, which still manages the site today.

The historic site and museum hosts storytelling, outdoor movies, tours of restored structures, Civil War reenactments and an annual fur trade era rendezvous. Visitors can experience what life was like before and during the Civil War.

Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. Group tours must be scheduled in advance. To ensure visitors have a wonderful and safe experience, we have safety protocols of temperature checks, limited indoor building occupancy and indoor mask requirements.