1841 Tonkawa Encampment
Dance to the sound of the water drum and gourd rattle in our earliest historic site, a real Tonkawa Indian campsite that dates back centuries. Experience what life in Central Texas was like in the days when Texas was still a Republic. The centerpiece of the site is a massive, centuries-old oak tree that once shaded the Native Texans who camped beneath it. Just down the hill, if you listen closely enough, you can almost hear horses and cattle fording Walnut Creek at a spot where the Chisholm Trail crossed through the area in the 1870s, long after the Tonkawa were gone.