On the edge of the Navasota River, Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site commemorates a place where Confederate Civil War veterans and families reunited from 1889–1946. Today, it remains a gathering place for living history events and family reunions, and features an 1893 dance pavilion, Civil War-era cannon, and ruins of structures from the “Roaring ‘20s” and Mexia Oil Boom.
The site represents one of the few historic sites so clearly connected to Texas’ Southern identity and the Lost Cause Movement, which sought to bolster camaraderie among Southern veterans and restore the honor of the fallen Confederate soldiers. Families camped under the giant bur oaks, enjoying speeches, concerts, dances, fellowship, food, and raising funds for families of their fallen comrades.
During an early veterans meeting at the Confederate Reunion Grounds, a local man and former slave named Nicholas Blain presented a speech about his experiences accompanying his Confederate master and the 7th Texas Infantry during the Civil War....
Come visit Confederate Reunion Grounds and watch movies under the historic pavilion! The July movie night is Friday, July 28th from 7-11pm. This month we will be watching Gone With The Wind (1939), an epic 4-hour movie set in the South during the...
Come join us at the Confederate Reunion Grounds for Fiber Friday! This informal program occurs every month on a Friday for those who are interested in knitting, crochet, and sewing. Feel free to bring a project you are working on; limited...
From the Blog
By Rachel Smith, Educator, Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site
At the Confederate Reunion Grounds in Mexia, annual reunions were regularly held that attracted veterans and their families from across Texas to share several days together feasting and reminiscing about their time during the Civil War. Attendees of the Joseph E. Johnston Camp No. 94 were accustomed to hearing...
By Rachel Smith, Educator, Confederate Reunion Grounds
On April 29–30, the Friends of the Confederate Reunion Grounds will host its 23rd annual Civil War Living History and Reenactment at Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site. The event has become a popular yearly tradition for local residents and history buffs from far and wide.
The presentation of mock battles or...
By Dixie Hoover, Confederate Reunion Grounds Site Manager
Cooler weather has finally arrived at Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site, and the upcoming events calendar is full for this fall. But looking back at summer, it sure was fun!
Summer events at the site revived the camaraderie experienced by Civil War veterans during their summer camp meetings here, which...
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