Sunday, November 6, 2016

                                                 EARLY HOMELAND SECURITY
Gillespie County Rangers are seen once again on patrol at Fort Martin Scott.

Seen below are two living history reenactors representing a time during the 1860s when local Gillespie County citizens served as Texas Mounted Rangers to provide protection from marauding Indians and bandits. These men were early homeland security. 

Mounted Rangers Brad and Bruce Ferguson

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Freemasons Return To Fort Martin Scott

Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge rented the fort to conduct a tiled lodge meeting to honor the long-standing connection between Texas Rangers and Freemasonry. It had been 161 years since a Masonic Lodge was held at Fort Martin Scott when Freedom Lodge No.100 last gaveled a meeting to order in 1855.

After the lodge was called to order at the recent event, the Grand Master of Masons in Texas, Wendell P. Miller, was presented with his “commission” as Major in the John B. John Masonic Rangering Company of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation. Honorable Miller is a retired Major with the Texas Department of Public Safety. With his new commission, Miller will act as Commander of the Masonic Rangering Company.

Over sixty Masons from all over Texas attended the special meeting where they received an update on the progress of the Texas Rangers Heritage Center from Joe B. Davis, retired Texas Ranger and President of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation.


Local Mason and Fort Martin Scott Advisory Board Chairman, Jim McCrae offered a special program titled Badges and Aprons, alluding to the badge of a Texas Ranger and the apron of a Mason. McCrae, in typical 1850’s era Texas Ranger attire, presented the story of Texas Ranger Captain Henry McCulloch’s part in establishing a Masonic Lodge at Fort Martin Scott.

The lodge was known as Freedom Lodge No. 100, which was the first Masonic Lodge in Gillespie County. Besides Captain McCulloch, several members of that lodge were notable citizens, including Gillespie County Commissioner, Jacob Doering; Thomas C. Doss founder of Doss, TX; George Freeman, Gillespie County Sheriff; William Mogford, Deputy Gillespie County Clerk; Chester B. Starks, donor of land to form Llano, TX; Frank Van der Stucken, Civil War Cavalryman, chief justice of Gillespie County and father of Frank V. Van der Stucken who was a famous composer and conductor and was a member of Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge; and Joseph K. Wilson, medal of honor recipient.

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Friday, November 4, 2016



HUNTERS NIGHT OUT @ FORT MARTIN SCOTT
November 26, 2016 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Hunters, history buffs and friends of the Fort are invited to attend the 1st Annual Hunters Night Out featuring:  Beer - Brats - Biscuits - Beans with Door Prize Drawings - Bucket Raffles - Live Music - Story Telling and Mort

It all happens on the grounds of Fort Martin Scott

ENTRY BY DONATION  - FREE PARKING
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EXCITEMENT IS GROWING AT THE FORT AS WE NEAR THE TIME FOR FRONTIER DAYS AT FORT MARTIN SCOTT. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11,2016 (SCHOOL DAYS) AND SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH. TWO DAYS OF CONTINUOUS LIVING HISTORY FEATURING MILITARY, TEXAS RANGERS NATIVE AMERICANS AND CIVILIANS. COME ON OUT AND JOIN US FOR A FUN FILLED DAY AT THE FORT.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Fort Martin Scott Advisory Board welcomes its   newest member, Steve Schmidt. Dr. Schmidt holds a Ph.D. in Applied Statistics. During his 20-years in the U.S. Air Force he served as an instructor pilot and commander. His academic experience includes: Tenure Professor, U.S. Air Force Academy; Adjunct Faculty, University of Texas at Austin, Business School; Adjunct Professor Incarnate Word College, Motorola University and Defense Systems Management Collge. He is the current C.E.O. of World Class Quest and Enchanted Springs Ranch. He is a Paul Harris award recipient Rotarian.
We are most pleased to have Dr. Schmidt join our Board. especially with our new emphasis on educational programming, which will be greatly enhanced by his experience.