The Friends of Historic Fort Supply announce the summer hours for Historic Fort Supply. The old fort will be open for guided tours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Labor Day.
Visitors to the site can view the remaining original buildings and step inside the Guard House, built in 1892, where a variety of artifacts from the period are on display. The guide will provide a comprehensive history of the fort and then a walking tour of the remaining structures.
While there is no charge for the tours, visitors are asked to make a small donation that will benefit the Friends of Historic Fort Supply organization.
According to FHFS Board president Bob Rea, money raised will help the group continue its efforts at preservation and education for the historically important Northwest Oklahoma site.
“The Fort Supply historic site is a very important part of this region’s history,” Rea said. “These tours help to keep history fresh in the minds of people.”
The Friends of Historic Fort Supply, a volunteer group, was founded several years ago to ensure that what remains of the original fort will be preserved for generations to come.
Fort Supply was established as Camp Supply in early November 1868. A short time later, Lt. Col. George Custer and elements of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry began an operation moving south in search of Cheyenne raiders. That operation resulted in the so-called Battle of Washita in which Peace Chief Black Kettle and many of his band of Cheyenne were killed in the pre-dawn hours of November 27, 1868 along the banks of the Washita River.
Questions regarding the tour or for more information on joining the Friends of Historic Fort Supply, please call 580-766-3767.
The Friends of Historic Fort Supply is a non-profit volunteer group dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the historic Fort Supply site.