Candlelight Christmas at Varner-Hogg Plantation

By Amanda McVay, Varner-Hogg Plantation Educator

Last month, Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site celebrated its annual “Candlelight Christmas” event. The night was very balmy, not exactly winter weather even for Texas, but it set the stage beautifully for our event.

Staff greeted visitors as they walked through the gates and saw the historic site decorated for the holidays. Among greenery, twinkling white lights, candles, and lanterns, guests listened to traditional Christmas carols performed by the Brazosport Choral Union and visited with a Victorian Santa Claus.

Guests stepped back in time and toured the plantation house, where Varner-Hogg Plantation’s Friends and Volunteers dressed in period costume and explained the holiday decorations in each room and how they reflected an 1800s Texas Christmas. The decorations ranged from a beautiful feather tree to children’s toys to a dining room table set for a special holiday feast.

This event would not have been possible without the support of our Friends and Volunteers. Special thanks to our amazing staff who worked above and beyond to make this event a success!

Donations raised during the “Candlelight Christmas” will go toward the purchase of a new sugar kettle. For more than 50 years, the rose garden between the plantation house and the kitchen building featured a small black kettle pond. With the donations, the Varner-Hogg Friends and Volunteers will purchase a new cast iron kettle to return the pond to its original appearance.

Varner-Hogg Plantation is located approximately 60 miles south of Houston and is part of the Texas Independence Trail Region.

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