All Historic Site Events

October 2022

October 7

Join us for an afternoon of East Texas photography! We will be exhibiting Paris locals Angel Girl Photography and Troy Phoenix as well as rarely seen Maxey Collection photographs. Tickets are $5 (cash preferred) and includes a self-guided tour of the house.
 

October 8

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday of the month; 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. (Off Independence Parkway, not Vista Rd.) There is space to park your car outside the gates....

October 8

Stretch your legs and honor the memory of the Texas Revolution with a bike ride at the battleground. Join us every second Saturday for guided bike tours of the Birthplace of Texas.

When: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Meet by the entrance to the San Jacinto Monument; between the reflection pool and the Monument

Activity Level: Easy. Most of...

October 8

Join us for a day of traveling to the past! Learn more about the work that archeologists do by exploring the history and artifacts of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill. Archeological activities, site tours, and more will be offered.

October 8

Join us for a day of traveling to the past! Learn more about the work that archeologists do by exploring the history and artifacts of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill. Archeological activities, site tours, and more will be offered.

October 8


Throughout October, we will be commemorating the 155th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.


**Saturday Oct 29 Only, from 11-3** Take a ride through history and experience what travel in early Texas was truly like on our replica stagecoach. The Texas Historical...

October 8

Join us Saturday, October 8th at 10am at the Stephen F. Austin State Park Nature Center for a special focus on Texas Archeology Month. Join our site archeologist, Dr. Sarah, to learn about the importance of archeology to our site, Texas, and history as a whole.

 

Admission to Stephen F. Austin State Park Required. Texas State Park Pass holders are admitted free of charge!

October 8

If you are looking for a place to relax, stretch, and get back in touch with nature then we have the place for you. Join our favorite yoga trainer, Rebecca, as she leads you through a venyasa flow in our beautiful grounds at the Magoffin Home. Reconnect with nature as you recenter your mind and body.

Call ahead to reserve your spot at 915-533-5147, ext. 1002.

October 8

Join us on Saturday, October 8th to take part in our Archegology Mystery Box activtiy! Using only the since of touch, guess the archeological artifacts inside the mystery boxes. Then, learn all about what each of the artifacts are and why they are significant to telling the history of San Felipe de Austin.

The activity will run from 10am to 2pm. We will see you there!

October 8


Join us for the annual Eisenhower Birthplace for the Birthday Celebration.
We will have: Birthday Cake at 12 pm!! Wash Station, Croquet, Chalk, Coloring and Craft Station, Community Partner Tables, Large Coloring Banner, Memory Map, Rosie the Riveter Look-a-Like Contest (2 pm)
11:00 am: Shawnda Rains Entertainment Group will be performing.
12:00 pm Scott Middle School...

October 8

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Before becoming president, Anson Jones made his fortune as a doctor. At a time when medicine was more art than science, what would a visit to the doctor be like? Come peek behind the curtain with us as we uncover the tricks and tools of the trade. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

October 8

Do you know where General Santa Anna set up his camp during the Battle of San Jacinto or where General Houston was shot? How about where the Surrender Tree was located? Discover the San Jacinto Battleground like you've never seen it before on a staff-led van tour of the battlefield. Tours start shortly after the showing of Texas Forever!!

When: Tours start at 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm and 2:45...

October 8

You are cordially invited to join us at the Visitor Center of the Magoffin Home State Historic Site for refreshments and a lively discussion of books that shaped an era. We have curated a collection of books published from 1808 to 1886 that reflect a wide range of experiences of people living during those years. All of the reading selections can be found for free at gutenberg.org. 

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October 8

October is Texas Archeology Month! Join us on October 8 at 3:00 to 4:00 pm as we appreciate our history with FREE activities for kids including including:

Mini Dig: How do archeologists find what objects ancient humans left behind? In this hands-on activity, participants will investigate a mini “archaeological site” in a shoebox to carefully excavate the site and record artifacts they...

October 8

Join us on Saturday, October 8th at Mission Dolores State

Historic Site as we Reach for the Stars through Native American storytelling and telescope viewing of the moon and stars!

Ms. Audricka Young, Education Director for the Natchitoches Tribe of Louisiana will begin our evening around a camp fire at

6 pm with star stories from her tribe as well as other Native...

October 9


Throughout October, we will be commemorating the 155th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.


**Saturday Oct 29 Only, from 11-3** Take a ride through history and experience what travel in early Texas was truly like on our replica stagecoach. The Texas Historical...

October 9

10a-4p

Before becoming president, Anson Jones made his fortune as a doctor. At a time when medicine was more art than science, what would a visit to the doctor be like? Come peek behind the curtain with us as we uncover the tricks and tools of the trade. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

October 9

Do you know where General Santa Anna set up his camp during the Battle of San Jacinto or where General Houston was shot? How about where the Surrender Tree was located? Discover the San Jacinto Battleground like you've never seen it before on a staff-led van tour of the battlefield. Tours start shortly after the showing of Texas Forever!!

When: Tours start at 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm and 2:45...

October 14


Throughout October, we will be commemorating the 155th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.


**Saturday Oct 29 Only, from 11-3** Take a ride through history and experience what travel in early Texas was truly like on our replica stagecoach. The Texas Historical...

October 15

We invite one and all to attend a workshop on Living History and volunteer opprotunities at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site! Perfect for anyone in the living history field, looking to volunteer, or expand their knowlege.

Workshops include:

Baking Wheat Bread, 9:30am to 12:30pm Intro to Carpentry, 9:30am to 4:30pm Making Mocassins, 9:30am to 4:30pm Pelerine and...

October 15


Throughout October, we will be commemorating the 155th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.


**Saturday Oct 29 Only, from 11-3** Take a ride through history and experience what travel in early Texas was truly like on our replica stagecoach. The Texas Historical...

October 15

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

October 15

Join us from 10 am to 2 pm for our local Farmers Market and Plant Swap.  Bring a plant, cutting or seeds to share and swap with another; stay and do some shopping from one of our many local vendors.  Under the shade of our Live Oak Trees on the Visitor Center Lawn.

October 15

Cemeteries are unique cultural landscapes, revealing information about settlement patterns, historic events, religious beliefs, social customs, genealogy and much more. They serve as a directory of a community’s residents and reflect the unique population of an area as it evolves over time, giving a place character and definition. Unfortunately, many of our historic burial grounds are...

October 15

Cemeteries are unique cultural landscapes, revealing information about settlement patterns, historic events, religious beliefs, social customs, genealogy and much more. They serve as a directory of a community’s residents and reflect the unique population of an area as it evolves over time, giving a place character and definition. Unfortunately, many of our historic burial grounds are...

October 15

The history of Washington lies just below the surface. Join us and the Houston Archeological Society in the center of the historic Town of Washington as we discuss the archaeological record of the former Capitol of the Texas Republic. Get hands-on with a mock archeology dig and learn about the finer points of artifact discovery and research. See one-of-a-kind artifacts found around the former...

October 15

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Ponder for a moment all of the skills and trades practiced by others that you rely upon daily: auto mechanics, carpenters, electricians, plumbers just to name a few! Just as you need skilled laborers to live, Dr. Jones also relied on the tradespeople of Washington for their services.  For one special weekend, we’re bringing many of the town tradespeople to Barrington! Hear the...

October 15

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

October 15

Join us at the museum to try your hand at activities and skills needed by kids during the Republic era. This month, we’ll be making both handcut Native American Spiral Snakes and Mexican Talavera Tile Magnets from 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier for more information at 936-878-2214 x236. 

October 15

Archeologists are dirt detectives who try to puzzle out the past from the artifacts and evidence left behind. To celebrate Texas Archeology Month, we’ve created some puzzles using images of real artifacts found during archeological excavations at the San Jacinto Battleground. See if you can put them back together, and try to figure out what it is and what it was used for, just like a real...

October 15

Do you know where General Santa Anna set up his camp during the Battle of San Jacinto or where General Houston was shot? How about where the Surrender Tree was located? Discover the San Jacinto Battleground like you've never seen it before on a staff-led van tour of the battlefield. Tours start shortly after the showing of Texas Forever!!

When: Tours start at 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm and 2:45...

October 16


Throughout October, we will be commemorating the 155th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.


**Saturday Oct 29 Only, from 11-3** Take a ride through history and experience what travel in early Texas was truly like on our replica stagecoach. The Texas Historical...

October 16

10a-4p

Ponder for a moment all of the skills and trades practiced by others that you rely upon daily: auto mechanics, carpenters, electricians, plumbers just to name a few! Just as you need skilled laborers to live, Dr. Jones also relied on the tradespeople of Washington for their services.  For one special weekend, we’re bringing many of the town tradespeople to Barrington! Hear the...

October 19

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

October 20

October 20th, from 10am – 3pm Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site invites home school families to join in our first Home School Day! Admission is $3 per person ($1 for each child after the first); all activities and tour admission are included. *

Activities and crafts will be available all day including 1890s washing, butterfly expedition, moon phase calculator, and more. Special...

October 21


Throughout October, we will be commemorating the 155th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.


**Saturday Oct 29 Only, from 11-3** Take a ride through history and experience what travel in early Texas was truly like on our replica stagecoach. The Texas Historical...

October 21

As darkness falls along the banks of the Brazos River we invite you to travel with us down the Tombstone Trail.  Your journey will wind you through the heart of Old Washington where ghostly tales from Texas's past will come to life.  From the echoing howls of the Ghost Dogs of Orizumbo to the sorrowful weeping of a grief-stricken mother, these stories are sure to send a chill down your spine...

October 21

As darkness falls along the banks of the Brazos River we invite you to travel with us down the Tombstone Trail.  Your journey will wind you through the heart of Old Washington where ghostly tales from Texas's past will come to life.  From the echoing howls of the Ghost Dogs of Orizumbo to the sorrowful weeping of a grief-stricken mother, these stories are sure to send a chill down your spine...

October 21

7p-9p

In the darkness of night at Washington-on-the-Brazos, ghosts of Washington come back to life. Explore the haunted path and learn the stories of those who once called the Brazos Valley home. *Macabre event with emotional to dark tellings.* For more information call 936-878-2214. Tickets for sale online in advance. Contact 936-878-2461 x238 for additional information. 

October 21

7p-9p

In the darkness of night at Washington-on-the-Brazos, ghosts of Washington come back to life. Explore the haunted path and learn the stories of those who once called the Brazos Valley home. *Macabre event with emotional to dark tellings.* For more information call 936-878-2214. Tickets for sale online in advance. Contact 936-878-2461 x238 for additional information. 

October 21

7p-9p

In the darkness of night at Washington-on-the-Brazos, ghosts of Washington come back to life. Explore the haunted path and learn the stories of those who once called the Brazos Valley home. *Macabre event with emotional to dark tellings.* For more information call 936-878-2214. Tickets for sale online in advance. Contact 936-878-2461 x238 for additional information. 

October 22


Throughout October, we will be commemorating the 155th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.


**Saturday Oct 29 Only, from 11-3** Take a ride through history and experience what travel in early Texas was truly like on our replica stagecoach. The Texas Historical...

October 22

If you are looking for a place to relax, stretch, and get back in touch with nature then we have the place for you. Join our favorite yoga trainer, Rebecca, as she leads you through a venyasa flow in our beautiful grounds at the Magoffin Home. Reconnect with nature as you recenter your mind and body.

Call ahead to reserve your spot at 915-533-5147, ext. 1002.

October 22

10a-4p

What does your morning routine involve? See how the Jones family prepared to face the day and clean yourself up a little bit along the way. The basic tasks are not that different, even if their methods require more labor. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

October 22

Do you know where General Santa Anna set up his camp during the Battle of San Jacinto or where General Houston was shot? How about where the Surrender Tree was located? Discover the San Jacinto Battleground like you've never seen it before on a staff-led van tour of the battlefield. Tours start shortly after the showing of Texas Forever!!

When: Tours start at 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm and 2:45...

October 22

Take a eerie stroll around the Varner-Hogg Plantation grounds and listen to tales about the ghostly heritage of the area. Plenty of dangers lurked in the early Texas wilderness and many settlers didn’t live to tell their tales! Then, discover Victorian funeral and mourning practices at the main house. PLUS...HAUNTED WOODS, STORYTELLERS AND MAYBE, AN UNEXPECTED GUEST OR TWO!

Admission...

October 22

The Sam Bell Maxey House invites you to a Maxey After Dark Spiritualism Event! Experience an evening of Victorian Spiritualism with a Séance Scene, Tarot Card Reading, Palm Reading, Treats, and More! Tickets are $5.00 per person
 

October 22

As darkness falls along the banks of the Brazos River we invite you to travel with us down the Tombstone Trail.  Your journey will wind you through the heart of Old Washington where ghostly tales from Texas's past will come to life.  From the echoing howls of the Ghost Dogs of Orizumbo to the sorrowful weeping of a grief-stricken mother, these stories are sure to send a chill down your spine...

October 22

As darkness falls along the banks of the Brazos River we invite you to travel with us down the Tombstone Trail.  Your journey will wind you through the heart of Old Washington where ghostly tales from Texas's past will come to life.  From the echoing howls of the Ghost Dogs of Orizumbo to the sorrowful weeping of a grief-stricken mother, these stories are sure to send a chill down your spine...

October 22

7p-9p

In the darkness of night at Washington-on-the-Brazos, ghosts of Washington come back to life. Explore the haunted path and learn the stories of those who once called the Brazos Valley home. *Macabre event with emotional to dark tellings.* For more information call 936-878-2214. Tickets for sale online in advance. Contact 936-878-2461 x238 for additional information. 

October 22

7p-9p

In the darkness of night at Washington-on-the-Brazos, ghosts of Washington come back to life. Explore the haunted path and learn the stories of those who once called the Brazos Valley home. *Macabre event with emotional to dark tellings.* For more information call 936-878-2214. Tickets for sale online in advance. Contact 936-878-2461 x238 for additional information. 

October 22

7p-9p

In the darkness of night at Washington-on-the-Brazos, ghosts of Washington come back to life. Explore the haunted path and learn the stories of those who once called the Brazos Valley home. *Macabre event with emotional to dark tellings.* For more information call 936-878-2214. Tickets for sale online in advance. Contact 936-878-2461 x238 for additional information. 

October 23


Throughout October, we will be commemorating the 155th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.


**Saturday Oct 29 Only, from 11-3** Take a ride through history and experience what travel in early Texas was truly like on our replica stagecoach. The Texas Historical...

October 23

10a-4p

What does your morning routine involve? See how the Jones family prepared to face the day and clean yourself up a little bit along the way. The basic tasks are not that different, even if their methods require more labor. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

October 23

Archeologists are dirt detectives who try to puzzle out the past from the artifacts and evidence left behind. To celebrate Texas Archeology Month, we’ve created some puzzles using images of real artifacts found during archeological excavations at the San Jacinto Battleground. See if you can put them back together, and try to figure out what it is and what it was used for, just like a real...

October 27

Join us at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site on Thursday, October 27th at 5:15pm as we discuss the history of the San Felipe de Austin Cemetery as well as the town's earliest and most prominent citizens.

Established in 1824, the San Felipe de Austin Cemetery begins almost as early as the town itself. While the first documented internment is not until 1847, it is likely many...

October 28


Throughout October, we will be commemorating the 155th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.


**Saturday Oct 29 Only, from 11-3** Take a ride through history and experience what travel in early Texas was truly like on our replica stagecoach. The Texas Historical...

October 28

Join us for a special night tour of the Magoffin Home where we will discuss the history of death and burial in the Magoffin family and El Paso. Tickets are $7 per person and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold the night of the event and space is very limited.

Please call 915-533-5147 for tickets.

October 28

The San Jacinto Battleground has been a final resting place for Texans for at least 200 years. This Halloween weekend, join us for a special candlelight tour of two of our cemeteries to illuminate the real stories of the men and women who lived, fought and died here.

When: Friday, October 28 & Saturday, October 29; 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Meet at the picnic tables by the...

October 28

Join us for a Backyard Movie Night at the Starr Family Home State Historic Site showing the Disney movie, Encanto.

Friday, October 28, 407 West Travis, Marshall, Texas

Free Admission! But don't forget to bring your own chair or blanket. Food Truck and Marshall's own Pop Culture Popcorn available for purchase.

Disney "Encanto", There's a little magic in all of us......

October 29


Throughout October, we will be commemorating the 155th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.


**Saturday Oct 29 Only, from 11-3** Take a ride through history and experience what travel in early Texas was truly like on our replica stagecoach. The Texas Historical...

October 29

If you are looking for a place to relax, stretch, and get back in touch with nature then we have the place for you. Join our favorite yoga trainer, Rebecca, as she leads you through a venyasa flow in our beautiful grounds at the Magoffin Home. Reconnect with nature as you recenter your mind and body.

Call ahead to reserve your spot at 915-533-5147, ext. 1002.

October 29

Celebrate Texas Archeology Month with us on Saturday October 29th. Join the Texas Historical Commission and other statewide archaeology partners for the inaugural Texas Archaeology Month Fair at the French Legation. Learn about ongoing and future archeological excavations across Texas, inquire how you can help preserve Texas’ archeological heritage or take part in a dig, participate in flint...

October 29

When Sam Rayburn paused his studies at East Texas Normal School (now Texas A&M Commerce) in 1901, he wanted to earn money to pay for his education rather than go into debt. So, he earned a teaching certificate and taught at schools in Hunt County, Texas, until he had earned enough to return to school. After graduating in 1903, Rayburn became a teacher in the Fannin County area. An oral...

October 29

Join us for our annaul archeology day and star party! Our staff will show you how this active archeological site has transformed since its town days ended nearly fifty years ago. When the sun goes down, members from the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society will set up telescopes so you can get a special viewing of the nighttime sky! Evening event participants must fill out a waiver and be...

October 29

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The calabash, or gourd, was readily seen in many 19th century gardens and found many uses among enslaved people. Join us as we explore the background of the calabash and take part in making items for use around the Quarter. Take home seeds to grow your own heirloom variety gourds! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information...

October 29

Join us for Halloweekend as we light a fire on the Bluff and recount historical spooky stories of Texas and Fayette County! Enjoy local legends and frightening tales around the Bluff bonfire. The bonfire (weather and conditions permitting) will be lit around 6:45 and stories begin at 7:00pm. Come early and bring chairs! Watch the sunset from the Bluff while enjoying a BYO picnic.

October 29

Join us for Halloweekend as we light a fire on the Bluff and recount historical spooky stories of Texas and Fayette County! Enjoy local legends and frightening tales around the Bluff bonfire. The bonfire (weather and conditions permitting) will be lit around 6:45 and stories begin at 7:00pm. Come early and bring chairs! Watch the sunset from the Bluff while enjoying a BYO picnic.

October 29


HOWL-OWEEN MOVIE NIGHT 
Join us on the lawn for a movie night, featuring Disney’s Frankenweenie. Perfect for the whole family, especially your pets! 
In partnership with the Humane Society and Adoption Center of Rockport-Fulton, our HOWL-OWEEN Movie Night offers treats, activities, and a costume contest for your furry friends.
Event begins at 6PM. Movie starts at 7PM....

October 29

The San Jacinto Battleground has been a final resting place for Texans for at least 200 years. This Halloween weekend, join us for a special candlelight tour of two of our cemeteries to illuminate the real stories of the men and women who lived, fought and died here.

When: Friday, October 28 & Saturday, October 29; 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Meet at the picnic tables by the...

October 30


Throughout October, we will be commemorating the 155th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.


**Saturday Oct 29 Only, from 11-3** Take a ride through history and experience what travel in early Texas was truly like on our replica stagecoach. The Texas Historical...

October 30

10a-4p

The calabash, or gourd, was readily seen in many 19th century gardens and found many uses among enslaved people. Join us as we explore the background of the calabash and take part in making items for use around the Quarter. Take home seeds to grow your own heirloom variety gourds! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information...

November 2022

November 1

This year for our annual Father of Texas event, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site will be holding a coloring contest for children in Kindergarten through 8th Grade!

Physical coloring sheets can be picked up at our physical museum location, or they can be downloaded and printed at home (please remember to print both pages, front and back!).

Elementary grades (Kindergarten...

November 3

Fall dinner series with chef Manon Lavaud at the French Legation State Historic Site.

Come and meet your neighbors and strangers around a 4-course dinner at the French Legation this fall! This dinner series is an opportunity to meet new people and learn more about local and seasonal ingredients and suppliers.

Manon grew up on a French créole island (Reunion Island) with her...

November 5

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

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November 5

Join the staff of the French Legation for a walking tour of the official burial ground of the state of Texas in celebration of the 199th birthday of Stephen F. Austin. This tour will highlight prominent figures from the Republic era who were buried or reinterred in the cemetery. These pioneers and politicians played key roles in the founding of the city of Austin, the drama of the Pig War, and...

November 5

Why are old recipes so strange? Join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center as we discuss this and look at the role food played in the daily lives of 19th Century El Paso. This month's recipe comes from the El Paso Cookbook published in 1898. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

November 5

Texians in the 1830s liked to celebrate with a fandango, a festive gathering with music, dancing, games and food. Dancing and balls were an important opportunity to socialize and form a community on the frontier, where many people lived miles away from their nearest neighbors, and no gathering was complete without games of chance.

Join us for a day of fun for the whole family at the...

November 5

Ready for Fall?

Come join the Starr Family Home State Historic Site, in Marshall Texas while we celebrate the fall with our Starr Harvest Market Fair on our north lawn.  Visit with a black smith, shop with local vendors and artisans. Relax under a shade tree and listen to our live band, the Joanitones.  Lawn toys available for all. Don't forget to vist and tour Maplecroft, open 10:00-4...

November 5

10a-4p

What special foods do you enjoy on the holidays? Like you, the Jones family hosted visitors and enjoyed a varied diet full of exotic treats to mark the season. We’ll be making a few of these foods this weekend and talking about many others. Discussions and kitchen activities ongoing. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

November 6

10a-4p

What special foods do you enjoy on the holidays? Like you, the Jones family hosted visitors and enjoyed a varied diet full of exotic treats to mark the season. We’ll be making a few of these foods this weekend and talking about many others. Discussions and kitchen activities ongoing. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

November 10

Fall dinner series with chef Manon Lavaud at the French Legation State Historic Site.

Come and meet your neighbors and strangers around a 4 course dinner at the french légation, this fall!. This dinner series at the French legation is an opportunity to meet new people and learn more about local and seasonal ingredients & suppliers.

Manon grew up on a french créole island (...

November 12

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday of the month; 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. (Off Independence Parkway, not Vista Rd.) There is space to park your car outside the gates....

November 12

Save the date for our annual Father of Texas event here at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site!

This FREE, all-day event will feature living history, reenactments, informational lectures, crafts, food trucks, and more. We will also be hosting a coloring contest, which you can learn more about by clicking here. Join us as we celebrate the history of San Felipe de Austin and Austin...

November 12

Stretch your legs and honor the memory of the Texas Revolution with a bike ride at the battleground. Join us every second Saturday for guided bike tours of the Birthplace of Texas.

When: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Meet by the entrance to the San Jacinto Monument; between the reflection pool and the Monument

Activity Level: Easy. Most of...

November 12

Join us at 10am in the Nature Center at Stephen F. Austin State Park for a program all about our event, Father of Texas, being held simultaneously at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site!

Admission to Stephen F. Austin State Park required. Texas State Parks Pass holders free of charge!

After the program, join us just one mile down the road from the State Park here at San...

November 12

10a-4p

Dr. Jones penned in his journal on Nov. 16, 1846, that those enslaved– “Recommenced breaking up the strip of prairie on the east side of field…” As the crop growing season wanes and the fields go fallow, we’ll turn over the fields once more before winter sets in. Come see our strong oxen at work and try your hand at walking behind a plow! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben....

November 12

After his victory at the Alamo, Santa Anna and his army are on their way, you must quickly decide what to take on your journey and make your way to safety with the help of your friends and family. This is the Runaway Scrape Escape, the newest program at the Star of the Republic Museum. Guests, ages 10 and up, must use teamwork and problem-solving skills to decipher puzzles and riddles to get...

November 12

You are cordially invited to join us at the Visitor Center of the Magoffin Home State Historic Site for refreshments and a lively discussion of books that shaped an era. We have curated a collection of books published from 1808 to 1886 that reflect a wide range of experiences of people living during those years. All of the reading selections can be found for free at gutenberg.org. 

...

November 13

10a-4p

Dr. Jones penned in his journal on Nov. 16, 1846, that those enslaved– “Recommenced breaking up the strip of prairie on the east side of field…” As the crop growing season wanes and the fields go fallow, we’ll turn over the fields once more before winter sets in. Come see our strong oxen at work and try your hand at walking behind a plow! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben....

November 13

Do you know where General Santa Anna set up his camp during the Battle of San Jacinto or where General Houston was shot? How about where the Surrender Tree was located? Discover the San Jacinto Battleground like you've never seen it before on a staff-led van tour of the battlefield. Tours start shortly after the showing of Texas Forever!!

When: Tours start at 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm and 2:45...

November 16

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

November 17

Fall dinner series with chef Manon Lavaud at the French Legation State Historic Site.

Come and meet your neighbors and strangers around a 4 course dinner at the french légation, this fall!. This dinner series at the French legation is an opportunity to meet new people and learn more about local and seasonal ingredients & suppliers.

Manon grew up on a french créole island (...

November 19

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

November 19

Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836. On the third Saturday of each month, staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing bring to life the people and events of Old Washington supplying a unique opportunity to discover various aspects of life surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas. The program features activities suited for the entire family. Take a spin on our Wheel...

November 19

10a-4p

Fall is here! It is time to clean the house and get ready for the cooler months of the year. Take part in the action as we air out mattresses, sweep floors, chase out the cobwebs, and roll out the parlor rug. Hands-on projects are ongoing throughout the day. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

November 19

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

November 19

Join us at the museum to try your hand at activities and skills needed by kids during the Republic era. This month, we’ll be punching "tin" to make a suncatcher from 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier for more information at 936-878-2214 x236. 

November 19

While the men who fought at the Battle of San Jacinto were too young to have participated in the American Revolution fifty-three years earlier, it loomed large in their minds. Many of them, including Sam Houston, were the sons or grandsons of American Revolution veterans, and the Scots-Irish military traditions used in the battles of Culloden, King’s Mountain, and Cowpens influenced the later...

November 20

10a-4p

Fall is here! It is time to clean the house and get ready for the cooler months of the year. Take part in the action as we air out mattresses, sweep floors, chase out the cobwebs, and roll out the parlor rug. Hands-on projects are ongoing throughout the day. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

November 20

Learn how to make the must-have toy of 1836: the corn husk doll! Kids had to make their own toys on the Texas frontier, and a corn husk doll was a staple of a Texas childhood in the 1830s. Join us to learn about dolls on the frontier and make your own corn husk doll to take home. We'll provide the materials; all you need is your creativity.

When: Sunday, November 20; drop in between 1:...

November 26

10a-4p

Help tidy up the garden and get it ready for winter. Ongoing throughout the day. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

November 26

Do you know where General Santa Anna set up his camp during the Battle of San Jacinto or where General Houston was shot? How about where the Surrender Tree was located? Discover the San Jacinto Battleground like you've never seen it before on a staff-led van tour of the battlefield. Tours start shortly after the showing of Texas Forever!!

When: Tours start at 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm and 2:45...

November 27

10a-4p

Help tidy up the garden and get it ready for winter. Ongoing throughout the day. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

November 27

Stop by the San Jacinto Museum for a chance to play with replicas of 19th-century toys, weapons, tools, food, clothing, and much more. Learn all about the battle of San Jacinto and life on the Texas frontier, and imagine yourself in the shoes of a soldier or a frontiersman/frontierswoman.

When: drop in anytime between 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: San Jacinto Museum

Age...

December 2022

December 3

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

...

December 3

Why are old recipes so strange? Join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center as we discuss this and look at the role food played in the daily lives of 19th Century El Paso. This month's recipe comes from the El Paso Cookbook published in 1898. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

December 3

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, 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 and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

December 3

Visit the French Legation State Historic Sites on Saturday, December 3rd to make your own historically accurate Christmas decorations. Learn how to make your own ornaments, pomanders, and more in the home’s detached kitchen. No reservations needed; participation included in the price of admission.

December 3

Before an army could fight, it had to be fed! Soldiers in the Texian Army were usually supplied with the basic ingredients and had to make their own food out of what was provided.

In his memoirs of the Texas Revolution, Dr. Labadie wrote that the day before the Battle of San Jacinto, he “secured a small tin pan full, and having made it into dough, I threw it on the hot embers, and in...

December 4

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, 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 and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

December 4

Stop by the San Jacinto Museum for a chance to play with replicas of 19th-century toys, weapons, tools, food, clothing, and much more. Learn all about the battle of San Jacinto and life on the Texas frontier, and imagine yourself in the shoes of a soldier or a frontiersman/frontierswoman.

When: drop in anytime between 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: San Jacinto Museum

Age...

December 7

Please join us for our first Homeschool Day at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site on Wednesday, December 7th!

Activities will be available for families to participate in throughout the day from 9am to 4pm. Homeschool families, co-ops, and groups are all welcome to attend.

Stay tuned for more information and updates!

December 9

Fri. 4:30p-8p

Silent Night and gunshots, festive music and solemn moments—an 1850s Texan Christmas experience! Discover the origins of some of our favorite Holiday traditions as costumed interpreters bring to life the festivities of the season with musket-fire, music, dancing and more!  Step into the historic home of the last President of the Republic, Dr. Anson Jones, as the family...

December 9

Join Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill this holiday season as the grounds transform for our annual holiday lights event. Walk along our historic trail to themed displays such as Candy Lane, Holiday in the Dog Park, O Tannenbaum musical display, and more. Step back in time as you walk through the Kreische House, decorated in the traditional 19th century German style, and learn about Christmas...

December 9

Join Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill this holiday season as the grounds transform for our annual holiday lights event. Walk along our historic trail to themed displays such as Candy Lane, Holiday in the Dog Park, O Tannenbaum musical display, and more. Step back in time as you walk through the Kreische House, decorated in the traditional 19th century German style, and learn about Christmas...

December 10

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday of the month; 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. (Off Independence Parkway, not Vista Rd.) There is space to park your car outside the gates....

December 10

Join staff and volunteers at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site for Texas history and holiday crafts to celebrate the Christmas season. Christmas was much different for settlers in Mexican Texas than what most of us experience in our modern lives! The day’s activities will be aimed at history-lovers and families, and will include:

Two short presentations on religion and...

December 10

Join us at 10am in the Nature Center at Stephen F. Austin State Park (located 1 mile west of San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site) for a program all about our event, Christmas at San Felipe de Austin, being held simultaneously at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site! We will also share information about religion and reflections on the Christmas season in Mexican Texas.

...

December 10

Visit the French Legation State Historic Sites on Saturday, December 10th to savor the smells of a full 1850s holiday meal in preparation in the home’s detached kitchen. Holiday celebrations in early Texas always included good food, and entertaining family and friends. Turkey, chicken, and duck, beef, pork, and wild game, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and imported delicacies graced many...

December 10

Stretch your legs and honor the memory of the Texas Revolution with a bike ride at the battleground. Join us every second Saturday for guided bike tours of the Birthplace of Texas.

When: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Meet by the entrance to the San Jacinto Monument; between the reflection pool and the Monument

Activity Level: Easy. Most of the route is flat with two...

December 10

You are cordially invited to join us at the Visitor Center of the Magoffin Home State Historic Site for refreshments and a lively discussion of books that shaped an era. We have curated a collection of books published from 1808 to 1886 that reflect a wide range of experiences of people living during those years. All of the reading selections can be found for free at gutenberg.org. 

...

December 10

Join Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill this holiday season as the grounds transform for our annual holiday lights event. Walk along our historic trail to themed displays such as Candy Lane, Holiday in the Dog Park, O Tannenbaum musical display, and more. Step back in time as you walk through the Kreische House, decorated in the traditional 19th century German style, and learn about Christmas...

December 10

Join Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill this holiday season as the grounds transform for our annual holiday lights event. Walk along our historic trail to themed displays such as Candy Lane, Holiday in the Dog Park, O Tannenbaum musical display, and more. Step back in time as you walk through the Kreische House, decorated in the traditional 19th century German style, and learn about Christmas...

December 10

Sat. 5:30p-8p

Silent Night and gunshots, festive music and solemn moments—an 1850s Texan Christmas experience! Discover the origins of some of our favorite Holiday traditions as costumed interpreters bring to life the festivities of the season with musket-fire, music, dancing and more!  Step into the historic home of the last President of the Republic, Dr. Anson Jones, as the family...

December 11

Do you know where General Santa Anna set up his camp during the Battle of San Jacinto or where General Houston was shot? How about where the Surrender Tree was located? Discover the San Jacinto Battleground like you've never seen it before on a staff-led van tour of the battlefield. Tours start shortly after the showing of Texas Forever!!

When: Tours start at 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm and 2:45...

December 13

The Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site invites you to learn more about the history of the holiday season through our Holiday on the Home Front program. Take part in arts and crafts including paper plate wreaths, mini-stocking decorations, and more. Visitors can also view our three trees decked in 1890s, 1940s, and 1950s decorations, grab some recipes to try at home, and learn more about...

December 16

Join Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill this holiday season as the grounds transform for our annual holiday lights event. Walk along our historic trail to themed displays such as Candy Lane, Holiday in the Dog Park, O Tannenbaum musical display, and more. Step back in time as you walk through the Kreische House, decorated in the traditional 19th century German style, and learn about Christmas...

December 16

Join Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill this holiday season as the grounds transform for our annual holiday lights event. Walk along our historic trail to themed displays such as Candy Lane, Holiday in the Dog Park, O Tannenbaum musical display, and more. Step back in time as you walk through the Kreische House, decorated in the traditional 19th century German style, and learn about Christmas...

December 17

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

December 17

Ring in the holidays at the Birthplace of Texas! Join festive citizens from the Town of Washington as they celebrate the season with popular readings and songs from the 19th Century. Learn about common Christmas traditions that would have taken place in towns like Washington and listen to stories of Christmases gone by in the Brazos Valley. Enjoy a taste of the season by sampling some homemade...

December 17

Join us for a holiday celebration at Fort McKavett! We invite you into our historic structures to make Christmas decorations, decorate cookies, and sing carols. Saint Nicholas will also pay the fort a visit to take gift requests. Participants pay for tokens to be spent on the activities, and when you finish making them, they are yours to keep!  For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at...

December 17

10a-4p

What special foods do you enjoy on the holidays? Like you, the Jones family hosted visitors and enjoyed a varied diet full of exotic treats to mark the season. We’ll be making a few of these foods this weekend and talking about many others. Discussions and kitchen activities ongoing. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

December 17

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

December 17

Join us at the museum to try your hand at activities and skills needed by kids during the Republic era.  This month, we’ll be doing Christmas Crafts, including Moravian Stars, snowflakes, and other various items 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier for more information at 936-878-2214 x236. 

December 17

Join Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill this holiday season as the grounds transform for our annual holiday lights event. Walk along our historic trail to themed displays such as Candy Lane, Holiday in the Dog Park, O Tannenbaum musical display, and more. Step back in time as you walk through the Kreische House, decorated in the traditional 19th century German style, and learn about Christmas...

December 17

Join Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill this holiday season as the grounds transform for our annual holiday lights event. Walk along our historic trail to themed displays such as Candy Lane, Holiday in the Dog Park, O Tannenbaum musical display, and more. Step back in time as you walk through the Kreische House, decorated in the traditional 19th century German style, and learn about Christmas...

December 17

Step back in time and tour the plantation house decorated in the style of a mid-1800s Texas Christmas. See the feather tree, learn about toys popular for gift giving during this period, and view the dining room table set for a sumptuous holiday feast. Relax outside and enjoy the beverage of the season, wassail, and Christmas cookies. Victorian Santa will also be available for photos.

...

December 18

10a-4p

What special foods do you enjoy on the holidays? Like you, the Jones family hosted visitors and enjoyed a varied diet full of exotic treats to mark the season. We’ll be making a few of these foods this weekend and talking about many others. Discussions and kitchen activities ongoing. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

December 18

Join Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill this holiday season as the grounds transform for our annual holiday lights event. Walk along our historic trail to themed displays such as Candy Lane, Holiday in the Dog Park, O Tannenbaum musical display, and more. Step back in time as you walk through the Kreische House, decorated in the traditional 19th century German style, and learn about Christmas...

December 18

Join Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill this holiday season as the grounds transform for our annual holiday lights event. Walk along our historic trail to themed displays such as Candy Lane, Holiday in the Dog Park, O Tannenbaum musical display, and more. Step back in time as you walk through the Kreische House, decorated in the traditional 19th century German style, and learn about Christmas...

December 19

Walk the trails of the beautifully decorated Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. Enjoy scenic vistas, light displays, and a traditionally decorated Kreische House exterior. Note: entertainment, refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, and special programs will not be available during Trail of Lights Encore. For more information, visit www....

December 19

Walk the trails of the beautifully decorated Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. Enjoy scenic vistas, light displays, and a traditionally decorated Kreische House exterior. Note: entertainment, refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, and special programs will not be available during Trail of Lights Encore. For more information, visit www....

December 20

Walk the trails of the beautifully decorated Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. Enjoy scenic vistas, light displays, and a traditionally decorated Kreische House exterior. Note: entertainment, refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, and special programs will not be available during Trail of Lights Encore. For more information, visit www....

December 20

Walk the trails of the beautifully decorated Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. Enjoy scenic vistas, light displays, and a traditionally decorated Kreische House exterior. Note: entertainment, refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, and special programs will not be available during Trail of Lights Encore. For more information, visit www....

December 21

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

December 21

Walk the trails of the beautifully decorated Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. Enjoy scenic vistas, light displays, and a traditionally decorated Kreische House exterior. Note: entertainment, refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, and special programs will not be available during Trail of Lights Encore. For more information, visit www....

December 21

Walk the trails of the beautifully decorated Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. Enjoy scenic vistas, light displays, and a traditionally decorated Kreische House exterior. Note: entertainment, refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, and special programs will not be available during Trail of Lights Encore. For more information, visit www....

December 22

Walk the trails of the beautifully decorated Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. Enjoy scenic vistas, light displays, and a traditionally decorated Kreische House exterior. Note: entertainment, refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, and special programs will not be available during Trail of Lights Encore. For more information, visit www....

December 22

Walk the trails of the beautifully decorated Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. Enjoy scenic vistas, light displays, and a traditionally decorated Kreische House exterior. Note: entertainment, refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, and special programs will not be available during Trail of Lights Encore. For more information, visit www....

December 23

Walk the trails of the beautifully decorated Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. Enjoy scenic vistas, light displays, and a traditionally decorated Kreische House exterior. Note: entertainment, refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, and special programs will not be available during Trail of Lights Encore. For more information, visit www....

December 23

Walk the trails of the beautifully decorated Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. Enjoy scenic vistas, light displays, and a traditionally decorated Kreische House exterior. Note: entertainment, refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, and special programs will not be available during Trail of Lights Encore. For more information, visit www....

January 2023

January 7

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

...

January 7

Why are old recipes so strange? Join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center as we discuss this and look at the role food played in the daily lives of 19th Century El Paso. This month's recipe comes from the El Paso Cookbook published in 1898. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

January 7

10a-4p

Though the weather is cold outside, there’s still much work to be done indoors repairing and conditioning leather harness for the next plowing season. Join us by the warm fire as we give all of our leather gear a once-over. Grab a brush and learn how to care for leather using a period saddle soap or take a turn sewing on the stitching horse! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben....

January 8

10a-4p

Though the weather is cold outside, there’s still much work to be done indoors repairing and conditioning leather harness for the next plowing season. Join us by the warm fire as we give all of our leather gear a once-over. Grab a brush and learn how to care for leather using a period saddle soap or take a turn sewing on the stitching horse! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben....

January 14

Every second Saturday of the month, we open the site two hours early just for cyclists. Come and bike the Birthplace of Texas without worrying about cars.

When: Every second Saturday of the month; 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Where: Enter through the gates at the base of the reflection pool. (Off Independence Parkway, not Vista Rd.) There is space to park your car outside the gates....

January 14

Join us for an interactive workshop where you will learn how to make a pre-1860s uniform! Participants who want to take home a uniform for use at our site, and other Texas historic sites, must purchase their cloth from an approved vendor and bring their own notions. You are not required to purchase if you only want to learn how to sew! For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns...

January 14

10a-4p

Mental health treatment was very different in 1850 than current health management. We know Dr. Jones suffered from low spirits throughout his life and found it difficult to treat with techniques available at the time. Listen to discussions about interventions for mental health maladies ongoing throughout the day. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214...

January 14

After his victory at the Alamo, Santa Anna and his army are on their way, you must quickly decide what to take on your journey and make your way to safety with the help of your friends and family. This is the Runaway Scrape Escape, the newest program at the Star of the Republic Museum. Guests, ages 10 and up, must use teamwork and problem-solving skills to decipher puzzles and riddles to get...

January 14

You are cordially invited to join us at the Visitor Center of the Magoffin Home State Historic Site for refreshments and a lively discussion of books that shaped an era. We have curated a collection of books published from 1808 to 1886 that reflect a wide range of experiences of people living during those years. All of the reading selections can be found for free at gutenberg.org. 

...

January 15

10a-4p

Mental health treatment was very different in 1850 than current health management. We know Dr. Jones suffered from low spirits throughout his life and found it difficult to treat with techniques available at the time. Listen to discussions about interventions for mental health maladies ongoing throughout the day. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214...

January 18

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

January 19

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site is excited to annouce we will be the host location for the Texas Living History Association Annual Conference to be held January 19-21, 2023!

San Felipe de Austin will host a variety of field trip destinations, historic skill workshops, and informational presentations throughout the conference by talented professionals in the museum and living...

January 21

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

January 21

Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836. On the third Saturday of each month, staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing bring to life the people and events of Old Washington supplying a unique opportunity to discover various aspects of life surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas. The program features activities suited for the entire family. Join Texas Army Soldiers...

January 21

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

January 21

10a-4p

Butchering livestock was a very necessary way of life in the mid-19th century. Their main source of meat, pork, has been preserved by drying, salting and smoking for centuries. Join us for our annual butchering and curing weekend, where we will be butchering a hog on Saturday and beginning the curing process on Sunday. This program will be ongoing, so if you wish to see every...

January 21

Join us at the museum to try your hand at activities and skills needed by kids during the Republic era.  This month, we’ll be learning how to make 2 types of toys, the Buzz Saw or a Floating Ball, from 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier for more information at 936-878-2214 x236. 

January 22

10a-4p

Butchering livestock was a very necessary way of life in the mid-19th century. Their main source of meat, pork, has been preserved by drying, salting and smoking for centuries. Join us for our annual butchering and curing weekend, where we will be butchering a hog on Saturday and beginning the curing process on Sunday. This program will be ongoing, so if you wish to see every...

January 28

10a-4p

What games do you play on a rainy day? Victorian Texans had many imaginative games to entertain themselves without PlayStation’s, Wii’s, TVs, or computers. Play in the past and take home some fun ideas from a world without electronics. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

January 29

10a-4p

What games do you play on a rainy day? Victorian Texans had many imaginative games to entertain themselves without PlayStation’s, Wii’s, TVs, or computers. Play in the past and take home some fun ideas from a world without electronics. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

February 2023

February 4

The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning at the site. The site is open to vehicles, but we ask that visitors be respectful of those enjoying the wildlife and keep noise to a minimum.

...

February 4

Why are old recipes so strange? Join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center as we discuss this and look at the role food played in the daily lives of 19th Century El Paso. This month's recipe comes from the El Paso Cookbook published in 1898. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

February 4

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, 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 and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

February 5

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, 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 and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

February 11

10a-4p

Essential to good health, common table salt has been prized for hundreds of centuries. Unlike today, salt was not always so readily available, and colonists and pioneers depended on imports from across the seas. Historically, salt was an integral part of many civilizations. Come to the kitchen and help make brines for food preservation and mordants, examine colorful varieties...

February 11

You are cordially invited to join us at the Visitor Center of the Magoffin Home State Historic Site for refreshments and a lively discussion of books that shaped an era. We have curated a collection of books published from 1808 to 1886 that reflect a wide range of experiences of people living during those years. All of the reading selections can be found for free at gutenberg.org. 

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February 12

10a-4p

Essential to good health, common table salt has been prized for hundreds of centuries. Unlike today, salt was not always so readily available, and colonists and pioneers depended on imports from across the seas. Historically, salt was an integral part of many civilizations. Come to the kitchen and help make brines for food preservation and mordants, examine colorful varieties...

February 15

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

February 18

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

February 18

Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836. On the third Saturday of each month, staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing bring to life the people and events of Old Washington supplying a unique opportunity to discover various aspects of life surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas. The program features activities suited for the entire family. Try your hand at quill...

February 18

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

February 18

10a-4p

Dr. Jones noted in his journal in winter of 1847 – “Hired Mr. Bowen… Sent Him with two hands to Cedar Brake to make rails.” With the main crop fields turned fallow, now is the time to repair and restack fencing around the farm. Come help us clear and build up our fences so that they’ll be ready to defend the new crop in spring! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc....

February 18

Join us at the museum to try your hand at activities and skills needed by kids during the Republic era.  This month we’ll be learning basic embroidery stitiches and take home a small project from 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier for more information at 936-878-2214 x236. 

February 19

10a-4p

Dr. Jones noted in his journal in winter of 1847 – “Hired Mr. Bowen… Sent Him with two hands to Cedar Brake to make rails.” With the main crop fields turned fallow, now is the time to repair and restack fencing around the farm. Come help us clear and build up our fences so that they’ll be ready to defend the new crop in spring! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc....

February 25

10a-6p

Texas Independence Day Celebration” is an annual two-day living history celebration on Saturday, February 25th from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, February 26th from 10am to 3pm on the 293-acre Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site to celebrate where 59 delegates bravely met in 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836. The admission-free event...

February 25

10a-6p

Texas Independence Day Celebration” is an annual two-day living history celebration on Saturday, February 25th from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, February 26th from 10am to 3pm on the 293-acre Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site to celebrate where 59 delegates bravely met in 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836. The admission-free event...

February 26

How did the Army feed hundreds of soldiers on a remote frontier fort? Come see how this post made up for a lack of supply with its own garden and local game while soldiers prepare meals in an open hearth kitchen. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

February 26

10a-3p

Texas Independence Day Celebration” is an annual two-day living history celebration on Saturday, February 25th from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, February 26th from 10am to 3pm on the 293-acre Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site to celebrate where 59 delegates bravely met in 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836. The admission-free event...

February 26

10a-3p

Texas Independence Day Celebration” is an annual two-day living history celebration on Saturday, February 25th from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, February 26th from 10am to 3pm on the 293-acre Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site to celebrate where 59 delegates bravely met in 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836. The admission-free event...

March 2023

March 4

Why are old recipes so strange? Join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center as we discuss this and look at the role food played in the daily lives of 19th Century El Paso. This month's recipe comes from the El Paso Cookbook published in 1898. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

March 4

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, 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 and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

March 5

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, 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 and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

March 11

10a-4p

The Girl’s Own Book (1834) says, “There is no accomplishment of any kind more desirable…than neatness and skill in the use of a needle.” It recommends that children should learn to sew a shirt before the age of twelve! We invite you to learn the basic stitches and start sewing your own pincushion to take home and finish. All supplies will be provided. Ongoing from 10 a.m. - 4p.m...

March 11

After his victory at the Alamo, Santa Anna and his army are on their way, you must quickly decide what to take on your journey and make your way to safety with the help of your friends and family. This is the Runaway Scrape Escape, the newest program at the Star of the Republic Museum. Guests, ages 10 and up, must use teamwork and problem-solving skills to decipher puzzles and riddles to get...

March 11

You are cordially invited to join us at the Visitor Center of the Magoffin Home State Historic Site for refreshments and a lively discussion of books that shaped an era. We have curated a collection of books published from 1808 to 1886 that reflect a wide range of experiences of people living during those years. All of the reading selections can be found for free at gutenberg.org. 

...

March 12

10a-4p

The Girl’s Own Book (1834) says, “There is no accomplishment of any kind more desirable…than neatness and skill in the use of a needle.” It recommends that children should learn to sew a shirt before the age of twelve! We invite you to learn the basic stitches and start sewing your own pincushion to take home and finish. All supplies will be provided. Ongoing from 10 a.m. - 4p.m...

March 13

Try your hand at some of our Hands-on-History crafts plus some special surprises. Crafts are available with paid admission for children 4-16 from 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier at jordan.lucier@thc.texas.gov for more information. 

March 14

Try your hand at some of our Hands-on-History crafts plus some special surprises. Crafts are available with paid admission for children 4-16 from 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier at jordan.lucier@thc.texas.gov for more information. 

March 15

Try your hand at some of our Hands-on-History crafts plus some special surprises. Crafts are available with paid admission for children 4-16 from 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier at jordan.lucier@thc.texas.gov for more information. 

March 15

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

March 16

Try your hand at some of our Hands-on-History crafts plus some special surprises. Crafts are available with paid admission for children 4-16 from 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier at jordan.lucier@thc.texas.gov for more information. 

March 17

Try your hand at some of our Hands-on-History crafts plus some special surprises. Crafts are available with paid admission for children 4-16 from 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier at jordan.lucier@thc.texas.gov for more information. 

March 18

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

March 18

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

March 18

10a-4p

Plowing the land was a quintessential 1850s farming skill! Livestock trained to work, such as horses, mules, and oxen, played a vital role in the operations of early Texas farms. Whether it was pulling plows, harrowing fields, hauling cotton, or cultivating corn, beasts of burden made light work of sometimes daunting tasks. Join Barrington Plantation and the Texas Draft Horse...

March 18

Join us at the museum to try your hand at activities and skills needed by kids during the Republic era.  This month, we’ll be making Paper Quilt squares to celebrate National Quilt month from 11-4 or until supplies run out.  Contact Jordan Lucier for more information at 936-878-2214 x236. 

March 19

10a-4p

Plowing the land was a quintessential 1850s farming skill! Livestock trained to work, such as horses, mules, and oxen, played a vital role in the operations of early Texas farms. Whether it was pulling plows, harrowing fields, hauling cotton, or cultivating corn, beasts of burden made light work of sometimes daunting tasks. Join Barrington Plantation and the Texas Draft Horse...

March 25

10a-4p

Spring has sprung- and there is so much to do! Who has time to be sick? Many families had their own special recipes for a Spring Tonic to boost their immune systems for a jump on their spring chores. Learn how families concocted these remedies from their own herbs and other items in their garden and house. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for...

March 26

10a-4p

Spring has sprung- and there is so much to do! Who has time to be sick? Many families had their own special recipes for a Spring Tonic to boost their immune systems for a jump on their spring chores. Learn how families concocted these remedies from their own herbs and other items in their garden and house. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for...

April 2023

April 1

Why are old recipes so strange? Join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center as we discuss this and look at the role food played in the daily lives of 19th Century El Paso. This month's recipe comes from the El Paso Cookbook published in 1898. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

April 1

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, 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 and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

April 1

Our Spring Star Party is one of our highlights! Members of the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society will bring their telescopes out for public use. Participants must arrive by 4PM to fill out a waiver and familiarize themselves with the grounds. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

April 2

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, 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 and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

April 8

10a-4p

Dr. Jones was an enthusiastic reader who enjoyed books and poetry. His library contained more than 1,000 books in 1858. Learn about his favorite authors and opinions of their work. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

April 8

After his victory at the Alamo, Santa Anna and his army are on their way, you must quickly decide what to take on your journey and make your way to safety with the help of your friends and family. This is the Runaway Scrape Escape, the newest program at the Star of the Republic Museum. Guests, ages 10 and up, must use teamwork and problem-solving skills to decipher puzzles and riddles to get...

April 8

You are cordially invited to join us at the Visitor Center of the Magoffin Home State Historic Site for refreshments and a lively discussion of books that shaped an era. We have curated a collection of books published from 1808 to 1886 that reflect a wide range of experiences of people living during those years. All of the reading selections can be found for free at gutenberg.org. 

...

April 9

10a-4p

Dr. Jones was an enthusiastic reader who enjoyed books and poetry. His library contained more than 1,000 books in 1858. Learn about his favorite authors and opinions of their work. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

April 15

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

April 15

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

April 15

10a-4p

Where did American music styles originate? How is the banjo connected to West Africa? Hear the answers to these questions as well as period musical instruments as you join us in the Quarter to learn the power of music in the 1850s. Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

April 16

10a-4p

Where did American music styles originate? How is the banjo connected to West Africa? Hear the answers to these questions as well as period musical instruments as you join us in the Quarter to learn the power of music in the 1850s. Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

April 19

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

April 22

10a-4p

Keeping gardens weeded, watered, and in good order was considered part of a woman’s daily duty. It contributed to a varied diet and survival in 1850. Lend a hand to help water, plant, or weed as necessary to help our gardens get ready for summer. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

April 23

10a-4p

Keeping gardens weeded, watered, and in good order was considered part of a woman’s daily duty. It contributed to a varied diet and survival in 1850. Lend a hand to help water, plant, or weed as necessary to help our gardens get ready for summer. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

April 29

10a-4p

According to one 1850s farming periodical, “Farmer Thrifty” kept a neat and well-maintained farm, while “Squire Slipshod” allowed his barn, tools, and fences to fall into filth and disrepair. Dr. Jones noted in his journal on August 5, 1847, that the enslaved “Cleaned up Barn & Stables.” – following the model of “Farmer Thrifty”. Join us as we tackle the seasonal maintenance...

April 30

10a-4p

According to one 1850s farming periodical, “Farmer Thrifty” kept a neat and well-maintained farm, while “Squire Slipshod” allowed his barn, tools, and fences to fall into filth and disrepair. Dr. Jones noted in his journal on August 5, 1847, that the enslaved “Cleaned up Barn & Stables.” – following the model of “Farmer Thrifty”. Join us as we tackle the seasonal maintenance...

May 2023

May 6

Why are old recipes so strange? Join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center as we discuss this and look at the role food played in the daily lives of 19th Century El Paso. This month's recipe comes from the El Paso Cookbook published in 1898. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

May 6

10a-4p

Keeping gardens weeded, watered, and in good order was considered part of a woman’s daily duty. It contributed to a varied diet and survival in 1850. Lend a hand to help water, plant, or weed as necessary to help our gardens get ready for summer. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

May 7

10a-4p

Keeping gardens weeded, watered, and in good order was considered part of a woman’s daily duty. It contributed to a varied diet and survival in 1850. Lend a hand to help water, plant, or weed as necessary to help our gardens get ready for summer. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

May 13

10a-4p

Learn what life was like for women in the 1850s! Sewing, cleaning, cooking, and childcare comprise the main elements of the “Domestic Sphere” of nineteenth century women. Areas of responsibility change when explored from the perspective of a mother like Mrs. Jones, or an enslaved woman, like Mary, in the field. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248...

May 13

After his victory at the Alamo, Santa Anna and his army are on their way, you must quickly decide what to take on your journey and make your way to safety with the help of your friends and family. This is the Runaway Scrape Escape, the newest program at the Star of the Republic Museum. Guests, ages 10 and up, must use teamwork and problem-solving skills to decipher puzzles and riddles to get...

May 13

You are cordially invited to join us at the Visitor Center of the Magoffin Home State Historic Site for refreshments and a lively discussion of books that shaped an era. We have curated a collection of books published from 1808 to 1886 that reflect a wide range of experiences of people living during those years. All of the reading selections can be found for free at gutenberg.org. 

...

May 14

10a-4p

Learn what life was like for women in the 1850s! Sewing, cleaning, cooking, and childcare comprise the main elements of the “Domestic Sphere” of nineteenth century women. Areas of responsibility change when explored from the perspective of a mother like Mrs. Jones, or an enslaved woman, like Mary, in the field. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248...

May 17

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

May 20

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

May 20

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

May 20

10a-4p

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on May 14, 1850 that those enslaved - “Finished ploughing and hoeing corn first time.”   The crops are short and the weeds are tall, it’s time to cultivate! Come help us clear between the rows of our field crops using our single ox and shovel plow! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information....

May 21

10a-4p

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on May 14, 1850 that those enslaved - “Finished ploughing and hoeing corn first time.”   The crops are short and the weeds are tall, it’s time to cultivate! Come help us clear between the rows of our field crops using our single ox and shovel plow! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information....

May 26

Fort McKavett was established by the 8th Infantry Regiment in 1852 and was occupied by the Army until 1859. What did the soldiers do here in the pre-Civil War (Antebellum) era? Come see the soldiers perform drill, fatigue duty, and leisurely activities as they would have 170 years ago. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

May 27

10a-4p

Spring cleaning is a yearly ritual that modern conveniences have obliterated the need to do. Preparing the house for warmer weather, chasing out cobwebs and dirt, scrubbing walls and floors, is much more laborious than cleaning today. Help wash windows, beat rugs, and wash and wax furniture as needed. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more...

May 28

10a-4p

Spring cleaning is a yearly ritual that modern conveniences have obliterated the need to do. Preparing the house for warmer weather, chasing out cobwebs and dirt, scrubbing walls and floors, is much more laborious than cleaning today. Help wash windows, beat rugs, and wash and wax furniture as needed. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more...

June 2023

June 3

Why are old recipes so strange? Join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center as we discuss this and look at the role food played in the daily lives of 19th Century El Paso. This month's recipe comes from the El Paso Cookbook published in 1898. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

June 3

10a-4p

We are following the cotton cultivation methods laid out by the period account of Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped from Washington D.C. in 1841, and enslaved near Holmesville, LA, which is about 280 miles from Barrington. In his book, Twelve Years a Slave (1853), Northup described using a plow to cultivate (turn under the weeds) and hand hoes for scraping close to...

June 3

Grab your cameras and come out to see the nighttime sky at McKavett! Please be on site by 4PM to fill out a waiver and familiarize yourselves with the grounds. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

June 4

10a-4p

We are following the cotton cultivation methods laid out by the period account of Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped from Washington D.C. in 1841, and enslaved near Holmesville, LA, which is about 280 miles from Barrington. In his book, Twelve Years a Slave (1853), Northup described using a plow to cultivate (turn under the weeds) and hand hoes for scraping close to...

June 10

10a-4p

Preserving food was one of the biggest jobs in the spring and summer for the times of year when food is not as plentiful. Join us while we preserve food from the garden and discuss methods of filling our larder for the future months. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

June 10

You are cordially invited to join us at the Visitor Center of the Magoffin Home State Historic Site for refreshments and a lively discussion of books that shaped an era. We have curated a collection of books published from 1808 to 1886 that reflect a wide range of experiences of people living during those years. All of the reading selections can be found for free at gutenberg.org. 

...

June 11

10a-4p

Preserving food was one of the biggest jobs in the spring and summer for the times of year when food is not as plentiful. Join us while we preserve food from the garden and discuss methods of filling our larder for the future months. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

June 17

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

June 17

Fort McKavett was more than just a military outpost. It was a community of workers, contractors, tradesmen, and businessmen whose talents built and maintained the fort. Come see our volunteers work many unique trade skills that would have helped maintain this frontier installation! For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

June 17

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

June 17

10a-4p

Though purchased at the price of others’ freedom, Dr. Anson Jones and his sons enjoyed a variety of gentlemanly pursuits in their leisure time, including card playing, hunting, and fishing.  Join the world of the Jones men and try your luck at cards while sitting in the cool of the dogtrot of the house, or head to the field for a demonstration of the 1850s method for taking wild...

June 18

10a-4p

Though purchased at the price of others’ freedom, Dr. Anson Jones and his sons enjoyed a variety of gentlemanly pursuits in their leisure time, including card playing, hunting, and fishing.  Join the world of the Jones men and try your luck at cards while sitting in the cool of the dogtrot of the house, or head to the field for a demonstration of the 1850s method for taking wild...

June 21

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

June 25

10a-4p

The garden kept by those enslaved at Barrington provided diversity to an otherwise bland diet, and more importantly filled the gaps in nutrition. Join us as we explore the heirloom varieties growing in the garden in the Quarter and take home a few seeds to start your own garden! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information....

June 26

10a-4p

The garden kept by those enslaved at Barrington provided diversity to an otherwise bland diet, and more importantly filled the gaps in nutrition. Join us as we explore the heirloom varieties growing in the garden in the Quarter and take home a few seeds to start your own garden! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information....

July 2023

July 1

Why are old recipes so strange? Join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center as we discuss this and look at the role food played in the daily lives of 19th Century El Paso. This month's recipe comes from the El Paso Cookbook published in 1898. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

July 1

10a-4p

We’re cooking desserts and discussing picnics and entertainment Dr. Jones might have seen around the 4th of July holiday. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

July 2

10a-4p

We’re cooking desserts and discussing picnics and entertainment Dr. Jones might have seen around the 4th of July holiday. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

July 8

Ground cloths were used by military and civilians alike, be it to use as a shelter, cover, or a pad on the ground as its name suggests. Painted cloths are a mixture of oils to make a primitive waterproofing. Participants will need to purchase their materials and bring their own sewing notions. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

July 8

10a-4p

Dr. Jones penned in his journal on July 13, 1854, that those enslaved– “Commenced taking corn blade fodder.” Although very few ears of corn were used to feed livestock, the dried leaves of the corn plants made excellent hay (fodder) that could be fed to them as needed to supplement foraging. Come pull and make “hands” (bunches) of fodder from our corn crop! Contact Ben...

July 8

You are cordially invited to join us at the Visitor Center of the Magoffin Home State Historic Site for refreshments and a lively discussion of books that shaped an era. We have curated a collection of books published from 1808 to 1886 that reflect a wide range of experiences of people living during those years. All of the reading selections can be found for free at gutenberg.org. 

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July 9

10a-4p

Dr. Jones penned in his journal on July 13, 1854, that those enslaved– “Commenced taking corn blade fodder.” Although very few ears of corn were used to feed livestock, the dried leaves of the corn plants made excellent hay (fodder) that could be fed to them as needed to supplement foraging. Come pull and make “hands” (bunches) of fodder from our corn crop! Contact Ben...

July 15

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

July 15

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

July 15

10a-4p

Wear some old clothes and help us paint the house fence and kitchen interior with whitewash. A traditional part of spring cleaning increases the life of the buildings and fences. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

July 16

10a-4p

Wear some old clothes and help us paint the house fence and kitchen interior with whitewash. A traditional part of spring cleaning increases the life of the buildings and fences. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

July 19

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

July 22

10a-4p

According to one 1850s farming periodical, “Farmer Thrifty” kept a neat and well-maintained farm, while “Squire Slipshod” allowed his barn, tools, and fences to fall into filth and disrepair. Dr. Jones noted in his journal on August 5, 1847, that the enslaved “Cleaned up Barn & Stables.” – following the model of “Farmer Thrifty”. Join us as we tackle the seasonal maintenance...

July 23

10a-4p

According to one 1850s farming periodical, “Farmer Thrifty” kept a neat and well-maintained farm, while “Squire Slipshod” allowed his barn, tools, and fences to fall into filth and disrepair. Dr. Jones noted in his journal on August 5, 1847, that the enslaved “Cleaned up Barn & Stables.” – following the model of “Farmer Thrifty”. Join us as we tackle the seasonal maintenance...

July 29

10a-4p

Fancy learning 1850s style? You can mind your manners and your ABCs for a period school lesson at the Jones’ home while getting ready to head back for your upcoming school year! Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

 

July 30

10a-4p

Fancy learning 1850s style? You can mind your manners and your ABCs for a period school lesson at the Jones’ home while getting ready to head back for your upcoming school year! Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

 

August 2023

August 5

Why are old recipes so strange? Join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center as we discuss this and look at the role food played in the daily lives of 19th Century El Paso. This month's recipe comes from the El Paso Cookbook published in 1898. Call 533-5147 to reserve your spot!

Cost: $5

COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE 2022-2023

September- Postre de Arroz...

August 5

10a-4p

Taking a break, or “nooning,” in the heat of the day would help both enslaved and free 19th century farmers renew their energy on a long day in the blazing Texas sun! A little rest, food, water, and shade goes a long way. Pack a lunch and join us under the cottonwood trees by the crop fields as we take a break from our labors and recover so that we can finish out the day strong...

August 6

10a-4p

Taking a break, or “nooning,” in the heat of the day would help both enslaved and free 19th century farmers renew their energy on a long day in the blazing Texas sun! A little rest, food, water, and shade goes a long way. Pack a lunch and join us under the cottonwood trees by the crop fields as we take a break from our labors and recover so that we can finish out the day strong...

August 12

10a-4p

There are 1,774 miles between Anson Jones’ hometown in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and where he lived in Washington, Texas. How did he get there? Long distance travelers in 19th century America have quite a commute! Stop by the house and see how folks like Dr. Jones embarked on their travels through Texas. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248...

August 12

You are cordially invited to join us at the Visitor Center of the Magoffin Home State Historic Site for refreshments and a lively discussion of books that shaped an era. We have curated a collection of books published from 1808 to 1886 that reflect a wide range of experiences of people living during those years. All of the reading selections can be found for free at gutenberg.org. 

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August 13

10a-4p

There are 1,774 miles between Anson Jones’ hometown in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and where he lived in Washington, Texas. How did he get there? Long distance travelers in 19th century America have quite a commute! Stop by the house and see how folks like Dr. Jones embarked on their travels through Texas. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248...

August 16

Pack up your lunch and join us at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center for the Brain Trust Brown Bag Lecture series. Every month a lecturer discusses a topic from history, including how it's preserved. Each lecture is a new topic ranging from an historic recipe to archiving family photos. You bring your lunch and curiosity, we will provide tables, chairs, and the scintillating...

August 19

Do you have the urge to create something, but don't know where to begin? Join us once a month for our Make-A-Thing class where we provide the materials and the know how to jump start your creativity. From fans to sugar skulls and everything in-between, we offer a wide range of projects that you can take home and embellish to your heart's content!

September's project is fan-making....

August 19

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

August 19

10a-4p

According to one 1850s farming periodical, “Farmer Thrifty” kept a neat and well-maintained farm, while “Squire Slipshod” allowed his barn, tools, and fences to fall into filth and disrepair. Dr. Jones noted in his journal on August 5, 1847, that the enslaved “Cleaned up Barn & Stables.” – following the model of “Farmer Thrifty”. Join us as we tackle the seasonal maintenance...

August 20

10a-4p

According to one 1850s farming periodical, “Farmer Thrifty” kept a neat and well-maintained farm, while “Squire Slipshod” allowed his barn, tools, and fences to fall into filth and disrepair. Dr. Jones noted in his journal on August 5, 1847, that the enslaved “Cleaned up Barn & Stables.” – following the model of “Farmer Thrifty”. Join us as we tackle the seasonal maintenance...

August 26

10a-4p

Why is it important to know how to write a letter? Diaries, journals, and correspondence all contain the voice of their authors and details for their reader. Learn how to send a letter in 1850 and try writing with a pen and ink. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

August 27

10a-4p

Why is it important to know how to write a letter? Diaries, journals, and correspondence all contain the voice of their authors and details for their reader. Learn how to send a letter in 1850 and try writing with a pen and ink. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

September 2023

September 1

In 1868, after nine years of neglect, the US Army returned to Fort McKavett and began rebuilding its structures. The Texas Rifles living history organization will portray the 35th Infantry Regiment assigned to rebuild and maintain Fort McKavett, along with general soldierly duties, like receiving pay, drill, and leisure. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov...

September 16

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

October 2023

October 21

Join us for our annaul archeology day and star party! Our staff will show you how this active archeological site has transformed since its town days ended nearly fifty years ago. When the sun goes down, members from the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society will set up telescopes so you can get a special viewing of the nighttime sky! Evening event participants must fill out a waiver and be...

October 21

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

October 28

Take a eerie stroll around the Varner-Hogg Plantation grounds and listen to tales about the ghostly heritage of the area. Plenty of dangers lurked in the early Texas wilderness and many settlers didn’t live to tell their tales! Then, discover Victorian funeral and mourning practices at the main house. PLUS...HAUNTED WOODS, STORYTELLERS AND MAYBE, AN UNEXPECTED GUEST OR TWO!

Admission...

November 2023

November 18

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

November 19

Fort McKavett saw many delicious recipes throughout its time as an Army post and town. Our historic foodways program demonstrates what may have been served to the soldiers and citizens here, and involves cooking over an open hearth with period-correct utensils and cookware. For more information, contact Rhett Kearns at Rhett.Kearns@thc.texas.gov or at 325-396-2358.

December 2023

December 16

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

December 16

Step back in time and tour the plantation house decorated in the style of a mid-1800s Texas Christmas. See the feather tree, learn about toys popular for gift giving during this period, and view the dining room table set for a sumptuous holiday feast. Relax outside and enjoy the beverage of the season, wassail, and Christmas cookies. Victorian Santa will also be available for photos.

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January 2024

January 20

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

February 2024

February 17

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

March 2024

March 16

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

April 2024

April 20

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

May 2024

May 18

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

June 2024

June 15

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

July 2024

July 20

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

August 2024

August 17

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

September 2024

September 21

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

October 2024

October 19

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

October 26

Take a eerie stroll around the Varner-Hogg Plantation grounds and listen to tales about the ghostly heritage of the area. Plenty of dangers lurked in the early Texas wilderness and many settlers didn’t live to tell their tales! Then, discover Victorian funeral and mourning practices at the main house. PLUS...HAUNTED WOODS, STORYTELLERS AND MAYBE, AN UNEXPECTED GUEST OR TWO!

Admission...

November 2024

November 16

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

December 2024

December 21

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

December 21

Step back in time and tour the plantation house decorated in the style of a mid-1800s Texas Christmas. See the feather tree, learn about toys popular for gift giving during this period, and view the dining room table set for a sumptuous holiday feast. Relax outside and enjoy the beverage of the season, wassail, and Christmas cookies. Victorian Santa will also be available for photos.

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January 2025

January 18

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

February 2025

February 15

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

March 2025

March 15

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

April 2025

April 19

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

May 2025

May 17

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

June 2025

June 21

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

July 2025

July 19

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Free admission during market hours. Check our Facebook page, regularly, for an updated list of vendors. During the Market, the Main House will be open with special behind-the-scenes tours plus...

October 2025

October 25

Take a eerie stroll around the Varner-Hogg Plantation grounds and listen to tales about the ghostly heritage of the area. Plenty of dangers lurked in the early Texas wilderness and many settlers didn’t live to tell their tales! Then, discover Victorian funeral and mourning practices at the main house. PLUS...HAUNTED WOODS, STORYTELLERS AND MAYBE, AN UNEXPECTED GUEST OR TWO!

Admission...

December 2025

December 20

Step back in time and tour the plantation house decorated in the style of a mid-1800s Texas Christmas. See the feather tree, learn about toys popular for gift giving during this period, and view the dining room table set for a sumptuous holiday feast. Relax outside and enjoy the beverage of the season, wassail, and Christmas cookies. Victorian Santa will also be available for photos.

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October 2026

October 24

Take a eerie stroll around the Varner-Hogg Plantation grounds and listen to tales about the ghostly heritage of the area. Plenty of dangers lurked in the early Texas wilderness and many settlers didn’t live to tell their tales! Then, discover Victorian funeral and mourning practices at the main house. PLUS...HAUNTED WOODS, STORYTELLERS AND MAYBE, AN UNEXPECTED GUEST OR TWO!

Admission...

October 2027

October 23

Take a eerie stroll around the Varner-Hogg Plantation grounds and listen to tales about the ghostly heritage of the area. Plenty of dangers lurked in the early Texas wilderness and many settlers didn’t live to tell their tales! Then, discover Victorian funeral and mourning practices at the main house. PLUS...HAUNTED WOODS, STORYTELLERS AND MAYBE, AN UNEXPECTED GUEST OR TWO!

Admission...

October 2028

October 28

Take a eerie stroll around the Varner-Hogg Plantation grounds and listen to tales about the ghostly heritage of the area. Plenty of dangers lurked in the early Texas wilderness and many settlers didn’t live to tell their tales! Then, discover Victorian funeral and mourning practices at the main house. PLUS...HAUNTED WOODS, STORYTELLERS AND MAYBE, AN UNEXPECTED GUEST OR TWO!

Admission...

October 2029

October 27

Take a eerie stroll around the Varner-Hogg Plantation grounds and listen to tales about the ghostly heritage of the area. Plenty of dangers lurked in the early Texas wilderness and many settlers didn’t live to tell their tales! Then, discover Victorian funeral and mourning practices at the main house. PLUS...HAUNTED WOODS, STORYTELLERS AND MAYBE, AN UNEXPECTED GUEST OR TWO!

Admission...

October 2030

October 26

Take a eerie stroll around the Varner-Hogg Plantation grounds and listen to tales about the ghostly heritage of the area. Plenty of dangers lurked in the early Texas wilderness and many settlers didn’t live to tell their tales! Then, discover Victorian funeral and mourning practices at the main house. PLUS...HAUNTED WOODS, STORYTELLERS AND MAYBE, AN UNEXPECTED GUEST OR TWO!

Admission...

October 2031

October 25

Take a eerie stroll around the Varner-Hogg Plantation grounds and listen to tales about the ghostly heritage of the area. Plenty of dangers lurked in the early Texas wilderness and many settlers didn’t live to tell their tales! Then, discover Victorian funeral and mourning practices at the main house. PLUS...HAUNTED WOODS, STORYTELLERS AND MAYBE, AN UNEXPECTED GUEST OR TWO!

Admission...

October 2032

October 23

Take a eerie stroll around the Varner-Hogg Plantation grounds and listen to tales about the ghostly heritage of the area. Plenty of dangers lurked in the early Texas wilderness and many settlers didn’t live to tell their tales! Then, discover Victorian funeral and mourning practices at the main house. PLUS...HAUNTED WOODS, STORYTELLERS AND MAYBE, AN UNEXPECTED GUEST OR TWO!

Admission...

October 2033

October 22

Take a eerie stroll around the Varner-Hogg Plantation grounds and listen to tales about the ghostly heritage of the area. Plenty of dangers lurked in the early Texas wilderness and many settlers didn’t live to tell their tales! Then, discover Victorian funeral and mourning practices at the main house. PLUS...HAUNTED WOODS, STORYTELLERS AND MAYBE, AN UNEXPECTED GUEST OR TWO!

Admission...