Focus on the Frontier Albany,Texas
A town that becomes the county seat.
This town of fewer than 2,000 people receives thousands of visitors each year. Some come to tour the many historical sites like the 1884 County Courthouse or the Fort Griffin State Park north of town. Many people come to visit the upscale shops in beautifully restored buildings offering everything from antiques, to Texana books and gifts, to hunting supplies.
A must see in Albany is the Old Jail Art Center housed in the original county jail. Texas Monthly magazine said “Albany's Old Jail Art Center has become the best small-town museum in the state-and maybe in the nation." The museum includes a world-class art collection and local history.
Before I spend too much time telling you about the history of Albany I should tell you a little bit about the "Fort Griffin Fandangle” and then you’ll know that the best way to learn about the area’s history is through the oldest outdoor musical drama in Texas.
The Fandangle is theatrical living history. It was written and directed in 1938 by Robert Nail, an Albany native, and is still directed, lighted, costumed, sung and danced by the people of Albany in its own acre-sized prairie amphitheater with a cast and crew of over 400 people. There are six performances beginning at dusk on the last two week-ends in June.
When you get to Albany stop in at the visitor center in the old depot building or one of the great restaurants or shops and I’m sure you’ll find some nice folks who can help you find a bunch of things you wouldn’t except to find in Albany, Texas.
Albany is located about 35 miles northeast of Abilene in Shackelford County.