Fall Fun at Varner-Hogg Plantation

Tractor pulling the hayrideBy Amanda McVay, Varner-Hogg Plantation Educator

Visitors recently celebrated the season at Varner-Hogg Plantation’s Harvest Festival, where they learned about harvesting on an 1800s plantation. This year’s festival included scarecrows, hayrides, sugar cane tasting, games, and refreshments.

Kids at the craft tableOur guests helped us plant our garden, made corn husk dolls, and enjoyed listening to our local librarian read a favorite fall story book, Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher.

Volunteers with farm animalsThe evening featured a visit from local prize-winning goats and an adorable bunny rabbit, which helped educate families about the different roles of plantation animals in early Texas. Also, a fur-pelting exhibit offered visitors the chance to learn about locally hunted animals.

Two volunteers find shade underneath an umbrella.We’d like to thank our wonderful volunteers and Friends group, who assisted guests, provided information, and served refreshments, including sugar cane!

The night was fun for all, and staff and visitors alike are looking forward to celebrating the spirit of the harvest in 2014.

Volunteers staff the refreshments table

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

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