After lunch we were off to see Fort Chadbourne. It was a little drive out of Buffalo Gap, probably a bit longer as we missed a turn off and had to take a bit of a round-about to get back to the correct road, but it was fun looking at the country-side, so I didn't mind a bit. Fort Chadbourne is on private land. The owners allow visitors and our Texas Forts book actually says that "you have to stay in your car" while you drive past the old fort buildings.
John has actually been here before, around the year 2000, when the place was just about to open to the public. He and one of his partners at TESS stopped in and met the owner's wife, who was nice enough to take them back to see some of the artifacts that the family had collected for many years.
Much to our surprise, the fort now has a beautiful visitor's center, and when we drove up and parked and went in, we were greeted by one of the guides, who directed us to see their very professional film that was made about the place a few years ago. What a great productions -- very nice and it made me wish they had something similar for all of the forts in Texas.
Soldier's barracks, refurbished
Inside one of the officer's quarters
The soldier's etched their names into the walls, all over the buildings
The fort was a stop on the Butterfield Overland Stage Route at one time
It's almost 5pm by the time we leave, so its time to get back to Abilene!