All Historic Site Events

October 2017

October 18

Join Confederate Reunion Grounds as we maintain our gardens! We will work on the areas that need it most, so areas can change dependent on weather.

Have questions? Please call Confederate Reunion Grounds at 254.472.0959 or email crg@thc.texas.gov

October 19

Bring your friends and a sack lunch for this free matinee!

October 20

Join us for an out-of-this-world adaptation of the 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, performed by local talent.

Limited tickets go on sale October 1 and must be purchased in advance by cash or check only. Please call ahead for availability. 

Co-sponsored by the Casa Magoffin Companeros. All proceeds go to support the preservation of the Magoffin Home State Historic...

October 21

This outdoor event is free and open to the public. Guests will enjoy our 19th century toys and games, viewing living history demonstrations and making their won old-time crafts.  The Rusk County Dulcimers will play and talk to guests about the history of the dulcimer.

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October 21

Join us for a day and night of exploration as we spend the day looking at artifacts found at Fort McKavett during the archaeological digs done since the 1970’s. See the amazing finds of stones, glassware, metal buttons and fragments, and much more. Stay with us or come back after dusk and gaze upon the heavens with the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society as they use their high-powered...

October 21

You are invited to join us for lively discussion, over tea and pastries, concerning some of the most important science-fiction literature of the 19th century! This month we will discuss

The War of the Worlds written by H.G. Wells and published in 1898. A free online version of the book may be downloaded at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/36/36-h/36-h.html

Cost of Event: $5...

October 21

Join us for an out-of-this-world adaptation of the 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, performed by local talent.

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October 26

Most visitors to Casa Navarro don’t realize the home was part of a bustling San Antonio neighborhood that flourished for nearly 100 years after José Antonio Navarro’s death in 1871. Navarro’s historic home has seen many residents over the years – most had no idea that it had once belonged to the Tejano statesman.

From the 1940s to the 1960s Maria Diaz called the small adobe kitchen...

October 28

Oct. 28 • El Camino Real de los Tejas (ECR) Festival
Travel back in time on the historic El Camino Real De Los Tejas! Enjoy food, fun, pioneer skills, presentations, crafts, music, and guided hikes. 

October is also Texas Archeology Month. You will be able to enjoy a variety of archeology themed activities at the ECR festival.

The event is free, but donations will be...

October 28

Join us for a tour of historic Willow Wild Cemetery on Saturday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m. We will meet at Sam Rayburn's grave near the entrance gates to Willow Wild. Refreshments available. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

October 28

Celebrate Texas Archeology Month with us at the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site. View archeological materials uncovered at the Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site during an excavation of the property in 1977. We will provide free tours of the house and refreshments. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

October 28

It is said things look different in the dark, and that is true of the Sam Bell Maxey House, especially around Halloween. The Maxey House will be open late on October 28th from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. for “Maxey After Dark.” Visitors are invited to step inside after night has fallen to learn about some of the more macabre aspects of Victorian culture.

Admission is $5 per person. Children...

October 28

Join us for a spooky nighttime stroll through the woods to the plantation’s 1840s era Patton Family Cemetery, witness a Masonic Funeral reenactment, and learn about mortality on the plantation during the 1800s and the dangers of the early Texas wilderness.  Then, step into the plantation house for a candlelit look at the death of the site’s last owner, Governor James S. Hogg, and the effect it...

October 31

Calling all Mummies, Daddies, and Kiddies!  Join us at the Maxey House on Tuesday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a Halloween Open House.  There will be plenty of Halloween-themed crafts and games for all to enjoy, and to prevent any tricks, there will also be treats.  Don’t be a scaredy-cat, come out and have a spooktacular time!  This is a free event.

October 31

Come Trick or Treat at our house! Goodies will be given to children only, but all guests can view the first floor of Maplecroft, play games and make a not-so-scary monster bookmark! "The Hallo-Wiener" by Dav Pilkey will be read at 7 pm and 8 pm.

November 2017

November 4

Mole, a traditional Mexican dish that blends the foodways and traditions of indigenous Mexico and Spain, has become a popular sauce to accompany Turkey during the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays. Learn the ins and outs of making Mole Verde and Mole Poblano from scratch using traditional cookingware and methods at this hands-on workshop presented by Casa Navarro State Historic Site.

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November 10

Company H of the 8th US Infantry will be assembling at Fort McKavett on Friday, November 10 for a School of the Soldier. Here we will be teaching (or refreshing!) the soldiers marching skills and preparing for our participation in the Annual Veterans Day Parade in Menard, Texas. Come out on Friday to see how the soldiers would move across the various battlefields of Mexico and Western Texas....

November 10

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 materials are available to use for those who don't have any.  Refreshments will be served. Free admission for all participants! Any questions?  Please call...

November 14

Join Livingston the Lion at the Maxey House on the second Tuesday of each month for a themed story and crafts!  Cost is $2.00 per child.

Visit www.visitsbmh.com for more information

November 15

Join Confederate Reunion Grounds as we maintain our gardens! We will work on the areas that need it most, so areas can change dependent on weather.

Have questions? Please call Confederate Reunion Grounds at 254.472.0959 or email crg@thc.texas.gov

November 16

Bring your friends and a sack lunch for this free matinee!

November 18

In this workshop, guests will create their own Christmas terrarium in a gallon-size jar.  All materials provided including live plants and assorted Christmas decorations and ribbons.  

Two sessions are offered for this workshop: 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm.  Reservations are required with payment due at the time of reservation.  Space is limited.

Register ~ https://thc....

November 18

Mole, a traditional Mexican dish that blends the foodways and traditions of indigenous Mexico and Spain, has become a popular sauce to accompany Turkey during the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays. Learn the ins and outs of making Mole Verde and Mole Poblano from scratch using traditional cookingware and methods at this hands-on workshop presented by Casa Navarro State Historic Site.

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November 18

Chocolate! We all love it and enjoy it, but the chocolate of 300 years ago was quite different from our modern Hershey's bars. This program will cover the history of chocolate in Spanish exploration and its transitions over time. Originally described by a Spaniard as "fit only for pigs," the Spanish managed to change chocolate into the item we all know and love. This true combination of New...

November 19

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person in the Maxey House at 3 p.m.  On November 19th, we will be reading and discussing Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until the meeting to start the...

November 29

Exhibition on view November 29-December 16, 2017

The Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site is holding a gingerbread house competition this year.  Children, families, and adults are invited to enter their best gingerbread house designs.  The gingerbread houses will be displayed throughout the decorated Sam Bell Maxey House beginning on Wednesday, November 29 and will remain on...

December 2017

December 8

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 materials are available to use for those who don't have any.  Refreshments will be served. Free admission for all participants! Any questions?  Please call...

December 8

Treat yourself to a very special Christmas night out at Starr Family Home’s Maplecroft Candlelight tours. This is your chance to step back in time and see how the holidays were celebrated in the 1880s. All rooms will be bathed in the soft glow of candlelight as you take in the holiday decorations and talk to staff and costumed interpreters about nineteenth century Christmas traditions. Feel...

December 9

This program is geared toward our reenactors who are participating in “The Army Returns: Reoccupying Fort McKavett”, our major reenactment event for 2018. This workshop will focus on getting reenactors equipped with the necessary clothing for both 35th Infantry and 4th Cavalry (ca. 1868) impressions.  Items that we will be making consist of Civil War four button sack coats, 1861 sky blue...

December 9

Stop by the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site on Saturday, December 9th from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. to participate in “Christmas at the Maxey House,” which focuses on the Longs’ Christmas traditions this year. 

Visitors will step into the Longs’ decorated home in the midst of celebrating Christmas with family and friends.  Artifacts once belonging to the Longs will be on display...

December 9

Step back in time and tour the plantation house decorated in the style of a mid-1800s Texas Christmas. See the feather tree, learn about toys popular for gift giving during this period, and view the dining room table set for a sumptuous holiday feast. Relax outside and enjoy the beverage of the season, wassail, and Christmas cookies. Victorian Santa will also be available for photos.

December 9

Treat yourself to a very special Christmas night out at Starr Family Home’s Maplecroft Candlelight tours. This is your chance to step back in time and see how the holidays were celebrated in the 1880s. All rooms will be bathed in the soft glow of candlelight as you take in the holiday decorations and talk to staff and costumed interpreters about nineteenth century Christmas traditions. Feel...

December 9

Join us for candleight caroling on the lawn led by the Rockport-Fulton Middle School Choir. Free gingerbread and wassail. Lawn chairs and blankets recommended for seating.

December 12

Join Livingston the Lion at the Maxey House on the second Tuesday of each month for a themed story and crafts!  Cost is $2.00 per child.

visit www.visitsbmh.com for more information.

December 15

Treat yourself to a very special Christmas night out at Starr Family Home’s Maplecroft Candlelight tours. This is your chance to step back in time and see how the holidays were celebrated in the 1880s. All rooms will be bathed in the soft glow of candlelight as you take in the holiday decorations and talk to staff and costumed interpreters about nineteenth century Christmas traditions. Feel...

December 16

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm 
A abbreviated version of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" will be presented by John Dement, Associate Professor of Theatre, East Texas Baptist University....

December 17

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person in the Maxey House at 3 p.m.  On December 17th, we will be reading and discussing Christmas in the Trenches by Alan Wakefield.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until the meeting to start the discussion, no problem! We...

December 20

Join Confederate Reunion Grounds as we maintain our gardens! We will work on the areas that need it most, so areas can change dependent on weather.

Have questions? Please call Confederate Reunion Grounds at 254.472.0959 or email crg@thc.texas.gov

December 21

Livingston invited St. Nicholas to the Maxey House to spend an evening with all his special friends.  During the event on Thursday, December 21, from 6-8 p.m., children will make Christmas-themed crafts and listen to A Visit from St. Nicholas, better known today as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, while waiting for St. Nicholas to arrive.  After St. Nicholas arrives, children will be able to...

January 2018

January 13

We are very excited to announce that we are reopening one of our historic Officer’s kitchens! We will be occupying and operating the kitchen in the rear of Officer’s Quarters No. 4 to create historic dishes that would have been enjoyed by the officer’s and their families. Historically, Officers ate better than the men they commanded because they could afford to purchase their own food. However...

February 2018

February 3

For members of Co. H, 8th US Infantry, this is an opportunity to work on your various accoutrement kits in preparation for upcoming events. Expert Site Staff will be available to guide you through difficult portions or just help you get started. For visitors, come see how the leather accoutrements of the Antebellum Era were made and cared for. In the time before plastic and metal containers,...

April 2018

April 7

After the Army departed Menard County, local residents moved into the old buildings and created a town from the former army post. For decades after, the primary industry revolved around sheep and goat raising. For a time, Menard, Kimble, and surrounding counties were one of the foremost producers of wool and mohair in the United States. This program will feature the earliest days of Fort...

May 2018

May 4

Fort McKavett State Historic Site will come to life on May 4 and 5, 2018, as Living Historians from around the state gather to portray life as it would have been at the fort in the 1800s. Throughout the day, activities will include military drills, Native Indian demonstrations, Buffalo Soldiers, Buffalo Hunters, Chuck Wagon demonstrations, the Texas Camel Corps, the Texas Longhorn herd, a one-...

June 2018

June 9

Come out to the Fort and meet with various historic tradesmen (and women) as they show off their skills in their various crafts. From blacksmithing and tailoring to photography and carpentry, many historic trades will be featured, displaying the life of craftsmen before factories made them obsolete. After you visit the fort, be sure to swing down to the Fort McKavett Volunteer Fire Department...

June 21

In preparation for “Connecting the Forts: Greely’s Mission” we will be hosting another workshop that focuses on preparing members of Company I, 10th US Infantry for this immersion event slated for November 2018. This event will focus on making the pleated 1872 blouse and the 1872 kepi. The 1872 blouse is a unique garment that will require experienced site staff to assist participants in its...