FORT CHURCHILL SOCIETY
CARSON CITY, NEVADA
Fort Churchill Society reorganized on April 9, 2011. Our Society was first organized on May 17, 1958 in Reno, Nevada. The Society disbanded on October 15, 1979.
Fort Churchill, Nevada was founded by the U.S. Army in 1860 at the height of Indian attacks on settlers in Nevada. The Carson River Expedition led by Captain Joseph Stewart was ordered to establish a post on the Carson River which would assist in guarding the Pony Express and other mail routes as well as the protection of settlers.
Hundreds of soldiers served at the fort named after Sylvester Churchill, the Inspector General of the US Army. The fort consisted of adobe buildings constructed on stone foundations in the traditional form of a square which faced a central parade ground. The onset of the Civil War made Fort Churchill a vital supply depot for the Nevada Military District and as a base for troops on patrol on the overland routes. Around 200 soldiers were stationed at Fort Churchill at any given time.
By 1869 Fort Churchill had outlived its use. The adobe buildings were auctioned for only $750 when the fort was abandoned by the military. Remains of soldiers buried in the post cemetery were moved to Carson City in 1884. The cemetery remains a part of Fort Churchill today, but the only remaining graves are of the Buckland family, pioneer ranchers who sold supplies to the fort.
The State of Nevada, only 7 years old, declined the chance to acquire Fort Churchill in 1871. For many years the fort lay neglected, used primarily as a shelter for travelers on the Carson River Trail. Some scavenged the fort remains for building materials.
In the early 1930s the Nevada Sagebrush Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution took an interest in preserving the fort. The State of Nevada took custody of 200 acres of the original military reservation on October 6, 1932. Aided by the passage of Assembly Bill 189 by the 1931 Nevada Legislature, the State of Nevada in turn deeded the land and buildings on April 30, 1934 to the Nevada Sagebrush Chapter DAR to hold in trust. The National Park Service made restoration plans, and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) renovated the fort remains and built the visitor center. But World War II pulled manpower away from the fort and it was vandalized and damaged from weather until interest returned in 1957 when it became a part of the Nevada State Park System.
On February 16, 1961, the title of Fort Churchill was reconveyed from the DAR to the State of Nevada. A Governor’s proclamation declared Fort Churchill a state historical monument.
Today, thousands of visitors each year enjoy visiting Fort Churchill State Historic Park, located just outside of Silver Springs, Nevada.
Fort Churchill State Historical Monument
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
August 18 - Membership meeting at 1:45 p.m.
Guided state park tour at 2 p.m.
Sept. 15 - Membership meeting @ 1:30 p.m.
Constitution Week Celebration with
Battle Born DAR @ 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 13 - Membership meeting at 1:45 p.m.
Guided state park tour at 2 p.m.
November 11 - Veterans Day Parade
December 8 - Joint meeting with Battle Born DAR at 2 p.m.
January 19 - Nevada State Conference, Carson City
March date TBA - Membership meeting
April 17 - 19 - National Convention, Arlington, Virginia
April date TBA - Membership meeting
May date TBA - Membership meeting
June 12-13 - Western Region Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada
We proudly support:
Nevada State Project
Volunteering with and supporting Nevada Veterans
Foundations of Freedom
SOCIETY OFFICERS 2019 - 2020
President Peter Woodbury
Vice President Ameilia McCurdy
Chaplain Phebee Stuke
Secretary Chloe Woodbury
Treasurer Olivia McCurdy
Registrar Victoria Stuke
Historian Jackson Bellard
Librarian/Curator Patricia McMillin
Senior President Stacy Woodbury
Senior Vice President Michelle Bellard
Senior Chaplain Julie McMillin
Senior Secretary Suzie McCurdy
Senior Treasurer Lori Bagwell
Senior Registrar Anita Sheard
Senior Historian Susan McCurdy