Limestone County Historical Commission
Limestone County Historical Commission

Old Fort Parker

Old Fort Parker is a reconstruction of the frontier fort built by members of the Parker family and other early settlers.  On May 19, 1836, five of the fort's residents were killed and five taken captive by Comanche and Kiowa Indians.  Nine year old Cynthia Ann Parker was among those taken captive.  She would later become the mother of Comanche Chief Quanah Parker.



Fort Parker Memorial Park

Fort Parker Memorial Park is located approximately two miles northwest of Groesbeck on FM 1245.  Associated with the first group of Anglo settlers to present-day Limestone County and one of the most tragic events in the county’s history, Fort Parker Memorial Park is the oldest and most historic non-native burial site in the county.  It began in 1836 with the mass burial of the five martyrs from the attack on Fort Parker.





Fort Parker State Park

Fort Parker State Park is located on Highway 14 between Groesbeck and Mexia and covers much of the site of Springfield, the first county seat.  In the park is Springfield Cemetery, burial site of several early settlers.  The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed all the recreational facilities in the late 1930s, and built a dam across the Navasota River in 1939, creating Fort Parker Lake.


Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site

The Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site is the place where Confederate Civil War veterans and families reunited from 1889–1946. Today, it remains a gathering place for living history events and family reunions, and features an 1893 dance pavilion, Civil War-era cannon, and ruins of structures from the “Roaring ‘20s” and Mexia Oil Boom. 

Limestone County Historical Museum

The Limestone County Historical Museum has many exhibits that document the county's history.  On display are photographs and artifacts that provide information on Native Americans, early settlers, Fort Parker, communities, schools, the railroad, agriculture, military, the Mexia Oil Boom, and notable personalities.


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