Courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission

Fort Griffin prepares for Living History Days

Fort Griffin, north of Albany, hosts an annual "Fort Griffin Living History Days," and this year it is Friday through Saturday, Oct. 12-13, with a dance scheduled for Friday night, from 7 to 8 p.m., with live music from "Time Was."

Early registration is required if an entire class or a large group will attend for the day on Friday or overnight through Saturday. Often, a teacher brings an entire class for the day on Friday. Meal plans and camping accommodations need to be made. Those overnight accommodations include your own canvas tent under the stars or one of the historic buildings or camping in the campgrounds with your own RV.

The other option is to stay in a motel in Albany. There will be firewood, bottled water, ice and hay available as needed. There are fireboxes and rocks available to build a fire pit. Those items need to be reserved ahead of time. If you are planning to bring any horses to participate, horse registration requires a copy of a recent Coggins Test for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). The negative Coggins should be within one year of Oct. 13 before any horses can be off-loaded. There will be pens, water and hay available.

If your unit is an Artillery Crew, the number of artillery piecesshould be indicated along with a description and if you intend to fire your ordinance. Artillery crew members must be 15 years of age or older.

Guidelines for this event are taken from the THC Living History Safety

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Check-in is accomplished at the Visitor Center, which requires the senior member or faculty advisor to sign a liability release form, show proof of the Coggins (if applicable) before setting up or unloading. Check-in times are Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days. If arriving after hours please make arrangements with Eric Abercrombie or Mitch Baird ahead of time at 325-762-3592.

Breckenridge American

114 East Elm Street

PO Box 871

Breckenridge, Texas 76424

Phone: (254) 559-5412
Fax: (940) 228-0589