A Festive Fall at Varner-Hogg Plantation

By Amanda McVay, Varner-Hogg Plantation Educator

Guests take a hayride

Ever wonder what it was like during harvest season on a 1800s plantation? Visitors at this year’s Varner-Hogg Plantation Harvest Festival know now! Sugar cane tasting, storytelling, crafts, traditional hayrides, and more made for a fantastic night of education and celebration at the historic site.

A festive atmosphere took over the site with fall decorations, changing leaves, and beautiful Edison lights bathing the grounds in an amber glow. Guests enjoyed the lovely weather and delightful scarecrows on a hayride through our pecan orchard.

Grounds tour led by a reenactor

Everyone planted seeds and learned about the sugar cane growing in our demonstration garden—even sampling some of the fresh cut cane. Many guests, upon learning about the sugar cane process, wandered down to the sugar mill ruins for a grounds tour led by our volunteers.

Children check out the pumpkin bowling activity

We added a few new elements to this year’s program, including pumpkin bowling and a live music performance by Tom’s Fun Band. Visitors were also treated to a reading of Harvest Moon and Ghost Along the Brazos by our star volunteer storyteller.

To top it off, our volunteers served up some sweetness at our refreshments station with delicious caramel apples, freshly popped popcorn, and apple cider.

Guest enjoy a live music performanceWe’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came out in support of this event, as well as to our amazing Varner-Hogg volunteers, and our local community supporters. We hope to see you again next year!

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

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