Historical Tourism

If you love history, particularly the history of the “old west”, you won’t find a better place than Albany, Texas to git yer spurs a’jinglin’. Here are some of our Don’t Miss attractions:

Shackelford County Courthouse – built in 1883 from native limestone this courthouse has been continuously in use as a seat of government ever since. Beautifully restored, the building is notable for its lovely patterned hardwood floors, graceful staircases and richly detailed hardware. You can schedule a tour by contacting the County Judge’s office at 325-762-2232 ext. 116. In addition, the Courthouse Square contains a number of monuments, memorials and a beautiful Victorian gazebo.

Albany Historical Walking Tour -Features a number of historic homes and buildings in the city. Pick up maps at the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center (2 Railroad Street – corner of Railroad and S Main). You’ll be glad you did.

Flying A’s Classic Car Club Museum – Newly opened, this classic car museum on Main Street just north of the Aztec Theater contains a number of classic autos and other automobile memorabilia. Some items are available for sale. The museum is open daily during the Fandangle, the Albany Classic Car Show and during other important community events. With advance notice they will also open upon request.

Fort Griffin State Historic Site – Located atop Government Hill, Fort Griffin has a Visitor Center that tells the story of the old fort and the surrounding area. Many of the fort buildings have been restored by hand and the old cemetery is also being cleaned up and documented. Fort Griffin is the home of the official state Longhorn herd. They are a very impressive bunch indeed.

In addition to the old fort, the state park across the highway has picnicking, ball fields, camping and RV spaces, restroom facilities and much more.

Fort Griffin Fandangle – If you’re here the last two weekends in June, by all means make it a point to make it to a Fandangle performance. It’s our way of celebrating, sometimes with tongue in cheek, our past. It helps us stay grounded in today’s rat race, hyper-connected world. Come enjoy a look back to the “wild west”. Call 325-762-3838 for reserved seat tickets or visit the web site.