Fort Stanton Historic Site features nearly 160 years of southwestern history and will bring fun and entertainment for the whole family at Fort Stanton LIVE!, Saturday, July 9 from 9:00am to 10:00pm. The military re-enactors are always popular with visitors and scores of Living Historians will be at Fort Stanton portraying the Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery of the pre-Civil War era, the Civil War and the Indians Wars.  Fort Stanton LIVE! will have local food vendors on hand, too, so you and your family can spend the day.

There will be a number of Living History displays throughout Fort Stanton LIVE! that will include Army Medicine and Victorian Ladies’ Fashions in the Commander’s Quarters.  Learn about the life of a soldier in the Tent Camps on the Parade Ground and in the authentic Military Barracks in Chavez Hall.  The Artillery Camp will feature an Artillery display with cannons from all periods.  And listen for the old-time music coming from the tents of Doc’s Sutlery.  Everybody loves a banjo!  The famous Buffalo Soldiers will be on hand, too.

Fort Stanton LIVE! will officially begin witMen in historic costume marchingh the raising of the historic Fort Stanton flag at the Parade Ground at 10:00am.  The Infantry will drill on the Parade Ground at 10:30am.  Get ready for Artillery fire at 11:30am and cover your ears!  Head over to the Commander’s Quarters at 1:30pm for a presentation on Army Medicine.  Learn why those doctors were call “saw bones.”

The Cavalry will take to the Parade Ground at 2:00pm for a swashbuckling Saber Exercise and then, more Artillery fire at 3:00pm.  This will be followed by a quiet, sedate and very authentic Victorian Ladies’ Tea Social in the Courtyard at the Nurses’ Quarters at 3:30pm.

Be sure to be where you can see the terrace at 4:00pm because, as the soldiers march out from Fort Stanton, they will be confronted by the Apaches in a recreation of the age old battles that were fought in Lincoln County and throughout the West.

The flag will be lowered in an Evening Flag Ceremony at 5:00pm, marking the end of the day-time activities at Fort Stanton LIVE!  but the day isn’t over in a long shot!  Visitors are invited to “come as you are” or change into your period outfit and dance the night away at the Military Ball on Saturday evening at 7:00pm in historic Chavez Hall.

If you are looking for a special place to visit, a place to help you understand the history of New Mexico, and a place whose beauty and activity will leave an indelible impression on you and your family, Fort Stanton LIVE! at the Fort Stanton Historic Site is a must-see attraction.  Fort Stanton is nestled along the Bonito River running through the picturesque Capitan Mountains with the Sacramento Mountains – and the beautiful peak of Sierra Blanca – in the distance.  Fort Stanton is easy to find just off the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway (Hwy 380) on Hwy 220 at the Bonito River. The turnoff to Hwy 220 is 4 miles east of Capitan on the Byway or 10 miles west of Lincoln, NM.   The Fort is also easy to reach on Hwy 48, with the turnoff past the Sierra Blanca Regional Airport.  Watch New Mexico history come to life at Fort Stanton LIVE! at the remarkable Fort Stanton Historic Site.

Volunteer at Fort Stanton

by Kaye on May 12, 2016

Do you want to walk in the footsteps of history? Do you want to tread where the frontier army was first stationed to protect the embattled Hispano settlers of Las Placitas, long before they called it Lincoln? Where Kit Carson began the rebuilding after the Texas Confederates left? Where the folks who started the Lincoln County War first met? Where Black Jack Pershing commanded the Buffalo Soldiers? Where the first Tuberculosis Hospital in New Mexico existed. Where German sailors were interned during World War Two?

You can be a part of the history of Lincoln County when you volunteer for as little as three hours a month as a docent at the Fort Stanton Museum. Fort Stanton, Inc. staffs the museum at Fort Stanton Historic Site and wants to expand the museum hours. Right now the museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm, and on Sunday from noon to 4pm.

Museum at Fort StantonVolunteers will receive a 1 to 2 hour Docent Orientation to introduce them to the Museum and Gift Shop. An additional orientation is available to those interested in conducting tours of the parade grounds. Following orientation, new volunteers are assigned to work with an experienced volunteer and, when ready, volunteers are put on the Fort Stanton Museum schedule for a 3 hour shift.

Docents look forward to helping with Fort Stanton LIVE!, serving as museum guides, helping at the information table, and even getting into period costume, assuming a character’s identity, and engaging the visitors in historic conversation. Fort Stanton LIVE!, to be held July 13-14, will bring costumed Living Historians from the Civil War and Indian Wars eras to Fort Stanton for demonstrations, presentations, a concert and a military ball which will have visitors dancing into the night! Additionally, the event brings authors, historians, photographers, artists, and a variety of historical vendors to site to share their crafts and other handiwork.

Docents who volunteer to be at the museum on the third full weekend of each month will be there for the Living History Encampment at Fort Stanton when the Living Historians of the Fort Stanton Garrison, re-enact the pre-Civil War Company K, 8th US Infantry (1858). The soldiers set up camp at the Fort on Friday evening, and on Saturday present interactive historical interpretations from10am to 4pm. Visitors will enjoy the regular morning drill exercises followed by a variety of military activities throughout the day. Docents could assist visitors to witness everything from musket firing to mounted saber drills to the roar of the artillery.

If you are looking for a special place to visit and to volunteer, a place to help you understand the history of New Mexico, and a place whose beauty and activity will leave an indelible impression on you and your family, please visit the Fort Stanton Historic Site and help bring New Mexico history to life. Stop at the museum and speak with the docents on duty and be sure to contact Charlotte Rowe (575-336-4015) for more information.