From our forum (posted by Pancho Peacemaker): October 15 to 18, 2009, is the annual “Defending Fort Parker Charity Shoot” near Mexia, Texas (this is about an hour south of Dallas). This is the original site of Cynthia Ann Parker’s family homestead. If you are unfamiliar with Cynthia Parker, she is Quanah Parker’s mother. The original 1836 Parker family fort has been restored and kept up over the years as a State historic site. A few years ago, the State of Texas made several budget cuts for it’s historic sites, and Fort Parker was one of those cuts. The Fort no longer receives state funding and is only maintained by private funds.
A SASS club, The Fort Parker Patriots came together along with the cities of Groesbeck and Mexia to form a charitable organization to maintain the Fort and the surrounding grounds and keep it open to the public. The main source of funds for the fort is the annual “Defending Fort Parker” charity shoot. All proceeds from the shoot go to the maintenance of the Fort and it’s grounds. Your match fee is tax deductible as well.
For more information, go to www.oldfortparkerpatriots.com