Visitors have several options when visiting the historic Varner-Hogg Plantation. Knowledgeable docents are available throughout the day to give guided tours of the plantation house and offer insight into the plantation’s history. Guided tours of the plantation house last approximately 30-45 minutes. We suggest an additional hour for walking the plantation grounds and viewing other areas of interest, including numerous original outbuildings, pecan orchards, the governor’s bathtub, Patton’s cemetery, and the sugarcane mill ruins.
Everything on the site is within walking distance. The main road can be followed as a guide; however, many of the site’s places of interest are off the road and require walking on grass. Visitors can also opt to do an outdoor, self-guided tour using the provided visitors guide and map, or simply walk, rest, or picnic on the grounds.
If you wish to photograph on the plantation, please see our photography rules and fees (PDF). Visitor parking is available in our parking lot and along the right-hand side of the main road (the lane is marked), from the entrance up to the main house.
Groups of 10 or more adults can arrange for a group tour Tuesday through Saturday by submitting a tour reservation form at least two weeks in advance. The cost is $4 per person for self-guided tours. Guided group tours are an additional $2 per person.
School tours are available Tuesday through Saturday. The entrance fee for school groups is $1 per student. School groups can take a guided house tour for an additional $2 per student. Students may also choose to participate in our Folkways program, which provides the opportunity to experience life in the 1800s. The program cost is $3 per student. A combination of tours is also available. Please allow one hour for tours and one hour for Folkways. A guided grounds tour is also available upon request for groups with prior reservations.
The gift shop is located inside the visitors center. We carry books on a wide variety of topics, including biographies of Ima Hogg, the Hogg family, and other prominent and local Texans; oil history; Texas flowers; Civil War history in Texas; and children’s books on Texas critters. We also offer an assortment of collectibles with our name and logo.
Handicapped parking and handicap-accessible restrooms are available on site; both the Visitors Center and Miss Ima's Cottage are wheelchair accessible. There are several steps to enter the plantation house, and the remainder of the site is on grass. It is possible to see the exterior of several buildings from the road.
Public outdoor restrooms and a water fountain are also available. Visitors are welcome to bring food and drinks to enjoy at the site’s picnic tables; however, food and drinks are not allowed in the plantation house or in the barn.
Water and sodas are available via an outdoor vending machine. Coffee and tea are for sale in the Visitors Center Gift Shop.
While you're in the area, visit these nearby sites:
- Columbia Historical Museum
- The First Capitol of the Republic of Texas
- Capitol of Texas Park, a walk through the birth of Texas
For additional travel and history information, see the following resources: