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Fort Washita


Physical Address

3348 OK-199
Durant, Oklahoma 74701

Phone Numbers

Main Line: (580) 924-6502

Additional Info

Fort Washita was built in 1842 as the southwestern-most military post of the United States. The mission of Fort Washita was to protect the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes from the Plains Indians. Fort Washita operated through 1865 and still stands today as a historic site and museum where visitors can learn what life was like before and during the Civil War.

After the war, the fort was granted to the Chickasaw Nation and later the Dawes Commission allotted the fort and surrounding land to the Charles and Abbie Davis Colbert family.

After being abandoned in 1862 by Federal forces, and then occupied by Confederate troops during the Civil War, the Oklahoma Historical Society acquired Fort Washita in 1962 and restored it to the historic site and museum that stands today. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designed as a National Historic Landmark.

Fort Washita gives visitors the opportunity to explore the restored structures, see Civil War reenactments, and experience a yearly Fur Trade Era Rendezvous, which takes visitors on a journey of the past through educational stations, storytellers and more.


Group tours are available but must be scheduled in advance.


Wednesday–Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday 1–4:30 p.m.

Services offered at this location

Last Updated: 03/27/2019