Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Bonham: Fort Inglish Village

Bailey Inglish, founder of Bonham, Brought the first settlers to claim homesteads on the rich black land of the Red River Valley in the central part of what was to become Fannin county, in March 1837. As the danger of Indian raids began to increase, Bailey Inglish convinced his neighbors to construct a fort and stockade to provide a safe haven for the families of the area. Fort Inglish was used until 1843 when the Indians moved further west.

This replica was built in 1976, as a Fannin County Bicentennial project. Three 1830’s log cabins from the Fannin County area were relocated surrounding the stockade. They have been furnished to represent a frontier cabin, a trading post, and a blacksmith shop. A school/church a gift shop are recent additions. A doctor’s buggy and military wagon have been restored and are on display in the stockade area.

Groups may see various pioneer activities being demonstrated including: lye soap making, broom making, candle making and various outdoor skills. Students may also participate in pioneer activities such as: shelling and grinding corn, frontier games, drawing water and washing clothes.


  • 800 West Sam Rayburn Drive
  • Bonham, Texas
  • 75418


Hours & Fees

  • Open March - November


    11 am to 3 pm

    Group tour reservations of school groups and bus tours should call Sam Rayburn House Museum  903-583-5558 for reservations.

  • Free, donations accepted.



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Read more about Fort Inglish in the Handbook of Texas Online.