Barrington Plantation State Historic Site

A woman shelling peas Historic house light by candlelight View from cultivating behind the ox Harvesting corn fodder in a green wagon Storm front over Jones home Fire in enslaved cabin

23400 Park Rd. 12
Washington, TX 77880


Travel back in time to 1850 and explore the original home of Dr. Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas. The Jones family lived at the farm for over a decade, building a successful cotton farm with enslaved labor after Texas joined the union. This living history farm is complete with period costumed interpreters using 19th century farming practices for planting, cultivating, harvesting, and working with livestock. Explore the sights and smells of farm life and experience the daily lives of those who came 150 years ago.

Upcoming Events

October 21

Cooking in the Quarter


Enslaved women and men, such as Mary, Jerry, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork...

October 22

Cooking in the Kitchen


Experience the bustle of a busy plantation kitchen and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of a hearth cooked meal being prepared, and reflect on how Charity and Lucy or Amy would labor to put three meals a day on the table....

November 4

Changing Seasons: Field & Home


The work of a plantation changes with the seasons! Fall is the time to plow our fields, put out warm rugs and curtains in the main house, and keep ahead of the weeds in the kitchen garden. Take a turn with your hand at the plow...

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