All Historic Site Events

December 2020

December 4

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 4

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 5

Grab a self-guided tour packet, walk the grounds, and learn about Christmas past in north Texas. Find out what Christmas looked like during the 1890s (when Dwight Eisenhower was born) and 1940s (when the Denison community preserved the Birthplace house) with a free grounds tour. Children’s craft kits will be available for purchase through the site’s retail-to-go program while supplies last. ...

December 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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December 5

San Jacinto is more than just a battlefield. The battlefield where Texas won its independence is now home to more than 200 species of birds. Join us on December 5 for a bird walk and presentation with Jim Stevenson of the Galveston Ornithological Society. Jim is a professional bird guide, ornithology professor and author of numerous books, including the recently published Birds of the Gulf...

December 5

Dec. 5th & 6th, 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...

December 5

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 5

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 6

Dec. 5th & 6th, 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...

December 6

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 6

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 10

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 10

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 11

Celebrate the holiday season in a unique way at Fulton Mansion. Families can drive through our parking lot and drop off a Christmas letter to Santa Claus and then pick up a special gift from Mrs. Claus, all from the comfort of their vehicle!

December 11

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 11

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 11

Tour the home with battery-operated candles while a guide talks about local and state Christmas traditions through the past 150 years. Reservations are requested due to group size limitation.   

December 12

Grab a self-guided tour packet, walk the grounds, and learn about Christmas past in north Texas. Find out what Christmas looked like during the 1890s (when Dwight Eisenhower was born) and 1940s (when the Denison community preserved the Birthplace house) with a free grounds tour. Children’s craft kits will be available for purchase through the site’s retail-to-go program while supplies last. ...

December 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. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open...

December 12

Head out on our newly upgraded walking trails for a self-guided History Hike. Pick up a scavenger hunt sheet at our front desk and then tour our half mile of walking trails to see if you can spot the gingerbread men and answer their history questions!  When you complete the hike, share what you learned and enjoy some hot chocolate. This will be an easy hike that is ADA accessible, kid friendly...

December 12

Stretch your legs and honor the memory of the Texas Revolution with a guided bike tour of the battleground.

The second Saturdays are all about cycling at the San Jacinto Battleground. We’re offering two bike tours of one of the most important spots in Texas history. The first tour starts right after Cycling Saturday ends, so come out earlier if you want to get in a little extra...

December 12

November 2020 Forum Theme: “Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers”
Inspired by the spirit of Thanksgiving and World Freedom Day, which commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall, how might the Main House serve as a safe space to find common ground and to dismantle barriers to open dialogue about our history?

Seating is limited, and advanced, free registration is required by calling 979-...

December 12

Celebrate the holiday season in a unique way at Fulton Mansion. Families can drive through our parking lot and drop off a Christmas letter to Santa Claus and then pick up a special gift from Mrs. Claus, all from the comfort of their vehicle!

December 12

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 12

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 12

Tour the home with battery-operated candles while a guide talks about local and state Christmas traditions through the past 150 years. Reservations are requested due to group size limitation.   

December 13

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 13

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 17

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 17

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 18

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 18

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 18

Tour the home with battery-operated candles while a guide talks about local and state Christmas traditions through the past 150 years. Reservations are requested due to group size limitation.   

December 19

Grab a self-guided tour packet, walk the grounds, and learn about Christmas past in north Texas. Find out what Christmas looked like during the 1890s (when Dwight Eisenhower was born) and 1940s (when the Denison community preserved the Birthplace house) with a free grounds tour. Children’s craft kits will be available for purchase through the site’s retail-to-go program while supplies last. ...

December 19

Ring in the holidays with us here at Fort McKavett!  Visit the various historic buildings and get festive with historic Christmas activities.  Make homemade Christmas decorations, help make delicious treats in the Officer’s Kitchen, write a Christmas Card to a friend, and get your image struck with our very own Victorian Santa!  Token proceeds benefit the Friends of Fort McKavett and help off-...

December 19

Dec. 19th & 20th, 10a-4p:

What special foods do you enjoy at 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 936-878-2214 x248.

December 19

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 19

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 19

Take an evening stroll through the grounds of Varner-Hogg Plantation to experience 100 years of Christmas from the early days of pioneers in the 1820s to the oil boom years of the 1920s.   

December 20

Dec. 19th & 20th, 10a-4p:

What special foods do you enjoy at 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 936-878-2214 x248.

December 20

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 20

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 21

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 21

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 22

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 22

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 23

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 23

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. This year, the tradition has been expanded to 14 nights to allow plenty of opportunities for a safe and socially distant holiday experience. Guests will enjoy the walking trail with new light displays and photo opportunities in a safe,...

December 26

Dec. 26th & 27th, 10a – 4p:

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Dec. 29, 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 for...

December 27

Dec. 26th & 27th, 10a – 4p:

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Dec. 29, 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 for...

January 2021

January 1

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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January 9

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. There will be places to park your car outside the gates.

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open...

January 9

Stretch your legs and honor the memory of the Texas Revolution with a guided bike tour of the battleground.

The second Saturdays are all about cycling at the San Jacinto Battleground. We’re offering two bike tours of one of the most important spots in Texas history. The first tour starts right after Cycling Saturday ends, so come out earlier if you want to get in a little extra...

January 9

Jan. 9th & 10th, 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...

January 10

Jan. 9th & 10th, 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...

January 16

Jan. 16th & 17th, 10a-4p:

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

January 17

Jan. 16th & 17th, 10a-4p:

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

January 23

Jan. 23rd & 24th, 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...

January 24

Jan. 23rd & 24th, 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...

January 30

Jan. 30th & 31st, 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,...

January 31

Jan. 30th & 31st, 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,...

February 2021

February 1

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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February 6

Feb. 6th & 7th, 10a-4p:

Enslaved men and women at Barrington, 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...

February 7

Feb. 6th & 7th, 10a-4p:

Enslaved men and women at Barrington, 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...

February 13

Feb. 13th & 14th, 9a-2p:

Sign up to join a hearth cooking school on either Saturday or Sunday, for a class on how to cook

a period seasonal meal. No experience needed, but class fills up quickly! Class will run from

9a-2p, and is $45 per person. Contact Laura Fisher at 936-878-2214 x248

February 14

Feb. 13th & 14th, 9a-2p:

Sign up to join a hearth cooking school on either Saturday or Sunday, for a class on how to cook

a period seasonal meal. No experience needed, but class fills up quickly! Class will run from

9a-2p, and is $45 per person. Contact Laura Fisher at 936-878-2214 x248

February 20

Feb. 20th & 21st, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Feb. 4, 1856 - “Water froze inside the house…” Though the house was designed to stay cool in summer, it certainly got cold in winter! Gathering, splitting, and stacking firewood to feed the fires were ongoing tasks during winter. Come join us as we use our team of oxen to drag up logs to split, and help us stack our...

February 21

Feb. 20th & 21st, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Feb. 4, 1856 - “Water froze inside the house…” Though the house was designed to stay cool in summer, it certainly got cold in winter! Gathering, splitting, and stacking firewood to feed the fires were ongoing tasks during winter. Come join us as we use our team of oxen to drag up logs to split, and help us stack our...

March 2021

March 1

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.

...

March 6

Mar. 6th & 7th, 10a-4p:

The Girl’s Own Book (published in 1834) says, “There is no accomplishment of any kind more desirable…than neatness and skill in the use of a needle.” It also claimed 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...

March 7

Mar. 6th & 7th, 10a-4p:

The Girl’s Own Book (published in 1834) says, “There is no accomplishment of any kind more desirable…than neatness and skill in the use of a needle.” It also claimed 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...

March 13

Mar. 13th & 14th, 10a-4p:

Turning the fields over after lying fallow is a rite of spring. 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...

March 14

Mar. 13th & 14th, 10a-4p:

Turning the fields over after lying fallow is a rite of spring. 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...

March 20

Mar. 20th & 21st, 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...

March 21

Mar. 20th & 21st, 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...

March 27

Mar. 27th & 28th, 10a-4p:

Spring has sprung- and there’s 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 for more information at 936-878-...

March 28

Mar. 27th & 28th, 10a-4p:

Spring has sprung- and there’s 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 for more information at 936-878-...

April 2021

April 1

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.

...

April 3

Apr. 3rd & 4th, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on April 13, 1854 – “Ridged up balance of cotton ground, planted cotton in the new field.” Cotton is King! Like most settlers in Texas, Dr. Jones did not grow cotton to make homespun clothes, but rather he shipped it out of the country (often England) in exchange for cash money. Come help us ridge up and plant Dr. Jones’ cash...

April 4

Apr. 3rd & 4th, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on April 13, 1854 – “Ridged up balance of cotton ground, planted cotton in the new field.” Cotton is King! Like most settlers in Texas, Dr. Jones did not grow cotton to make homespun clothes, but rather he shipped it out of the country (often England) in exchange for cash money. Come help us ridge up and plant Dr. Jones’ cash...

April 10

Apr. 10th & 11th, 10a – 4p:

Women in the mid-Victorian period were expected to be concerned about, and very involved in, life around the home. How did their education, for daughters like Sarah Jones, maintain expectations for that lifestyle as they grew up? Discussions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., for more information contact Barb King at 936-878-2214 x248.

April 11

Apr. 10th & 11th, 10a – 4p:

Women in the mid-Victorian period were expected to be concerned about, and very involved in, life around the home. How did their education, for daughters like Sarah Jones, maintain expectations for that lifestyle as they grew up? Discussions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., for more information contact Barb King at 936-878-2214 x248.

April 17

Apr. 17th & 18th, 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...

April 18

Apr. 17th & 18th, 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...

April 24

Apr. 24th & 25th, 10a – 4p:

Texans have always enjoyed a catchy tune. Lucky for us, if they really liked a song - they wrote it down! So, come have seat and listen to some of the most popular music of the 1850’s as it is played on period instruments – maybe you’ll join in a verse or two! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

April 25

Apr. 24th & 25th, 10a – 4p:

Texans have always enjoyed a catchy tune. Lucky for us, if they really liked a song - they wrote it down! So, come have seat and listen to some of the most popular music of the 1850’s as it is played on period instruments – maybe you’ll join in a verse or two! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

May 2021

May 1

May 1st & 2nd, 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...

May 2

May 1st & 2nd, 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...

May 8

May 8th & 9th, 10a-4p

From an early age, most Victorian women were trained for the worthy profession of caring for a family. Sewing, cleaning, cooking, and childcare comprised the main elements of “The Arts and Mysteries of Housewifery.” Did a woman’s role change when she moved to the rough and tumble frontier of Texas? Hear some stories about the women of the Jones family, and...

May 9

May 8th & 9th, 10a-4p

From an early age, most Victorian women were trained for the worthy profession of caring for a family. Sewing, cleaning, cooking, and childcare comprised the main elements of “The Arts and Mysteries of Housewifery.” Did a woman’s role change when she moved to the rough and tumble frontier of Texas? Hear some stories about the women of the Jones family, and...

May 15

May 15th & 16th, 10a-4p

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on May 14, 1850 - “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 walk-behind cultivating plow! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

May 22

May 22nd & 23rd, 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 936-878-2214 x248.

May 23

May 22nd & 23rd, 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 936-878-2214 x248.

May 29

May 29th & 30th, 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 explore the heirloom varieties growing in the garden by the Quarters and take home a few seeds to start your own garden! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

June 2021

June 5

June 5th & 6th, 10a-4p:

Spring cleaning is a yearly ritual for which modern conveniences have obliterated the need. 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 for details at 936-878-2214 x.248.

June 6

June 5th & 6th, 10a-4p:

Spring cleaning is a yearly ritual for which modern conveniences have obliterated the need. 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 for details at 936-878-2214 x.248.

June 12

June 12th & 13th, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on July 19, 1846 – “Ripe peaches from my Orchard at Barrington.” Caring for an orchard takes skill and patience, but it can be highly rewarding! Come help us haul water and cultivate the orchard as you learn about heirloom trees and fruit growing in the 19th century! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-...

June 13

June 12th & 13th, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on July 19, 1846 – “Ripe peaches from my Orchard at Barrington.” Caring for an orchard takes skill and patience, but it can be highly rewarding! Come help us haul water and cultivate the orchard as you learn about heirloom trees and fruit growing in the 19th century! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-...

June 19

June 19th & 20th, 10a-4p:

In their leisure time, Dr. Anson Jones and his sons enjoyed a variety of gentlemanly pursuits, including card playing, hunting, and fishing.  Join us for a day of recreation and relaxation! 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 1850’s method for taking wild game with a...

June 20

June 19th & 20th, 10a-4p:

In their leisure time, Dr. Anson Jones and his sons enjoyed a variety of gentlemanly pursuits, including card playing, hunting, and fishing.  Join us for a day of recreation and relaxation! 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 1850’s method for taking wild game with a...

June 27

June 27th, 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 936-878-2214 ext.248.
 

July 2021

July 3

July 3rd, 10a-4p:

We’re getting ready for the 4th so we’ll be making some period desserts and talking about picnics like ones Dr. Jones might have attended. Contact Barb King for details at 936-878-2214 x248.

July 4

Join us for a 1850s style Independence Day celebration!  Musket firing, toasts and a reading of the Declaration of Independence will commemorate the day.  Bring your own picnic basket, and enjoy al-fresco dining, just like Dr. Jones writes about in his journal.  Contact Barb King for details at 936-878-2214 x248.

July 10

July 10th &11th, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones penned in his journal on July 13, 1854 – “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 out to them as needed to supplement foraging. Come pull and make “hands” (bunches) of fodder from our corn crop! Contact Ben...

July 11

July 10th &11th, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones penned in his journal on July 13, 1854 – “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 out to them as needed to supplement foraging. Come pull and make “hands” (bunches) of fodder from our corn crop! Contact Ben...

July 17

July 17th & 18th, 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...

July 18

July 17th & 18th, 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...

July 24

July 24th & 25th, 10a-4p:

Though free time for those enslaved at Barrington was typically limited to Sundays and occasional holidays, time off provided an opportunity to rest and enjoy a variety of games, music, and entertainment. Come learn how Jerry, Mary, or Willis might have spent their time off. Make and take a clay marble home with you! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more...

July 25

July 24th & 25th, 10a-4p:

Though free time for those enslaved at Barrington was typically limited to Sundays and occasional holidays, time off provided an opportunity to rest and enjoy a variety of games, music, and entertainment. Come learn how Jerry, Mary, or Willis might have spent their time off. Make and take a clay marble home with you! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more...

July 31

July 31st & Aug. 1st, 10a, 1p, & 3p:

Fancy learning 1850’s style? You can mind your manners and your ABC’s for a period school lesson at the Jones’ home while getting ready to head back for your upcoming school year! For more information please call Barb King at 936-878-2214 x248

August 2021

August 1

July 31st & Aug. 1st, 10a, 1p, & 3p:

Fancy learning 1850’s style? You can mind your manners and your ABC’s for a period school lesson at the Jones’ home while getting ready to head back for your upcoming school year! For more information please call Barb King at 936-878-2214 x248

August 7

Aug. 7th & 8th, 11a-2p:

Taking a break, or “nooning,” in the heat of the day helped 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 14

Aug. 14th & 15th, 10a-4p:

Come stay cool with us in the heat of summer and discover what early Texans did to stay cool. Without modern A.C. you might be surprised at how comfortable you can be in a Texas summer. Contact Barb King for details at 936-878-2214 x248.

August 15

Aug. 14th & 15th, 10a-4p:

Come stay cool with us in the heat of summer and discover what early Texans did to stay cool. Without modern A.C. you might be surprised at how comfortable you can be in a Texas summer. Contact Barb King for details at 936-878-2214 x248.

August 21

Aug. 21st & 22nd, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Aug. 4, 1847 - “Thrashed out rye”.  Now that our grain crop has been harvested, it’s time to thresh and winnow it to separate seed from stalk. Come help us make our harvest ready to be ground into flour! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

August 22

Aug. 21st & 22nd, 10a-4p:

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Aug. 4, 1847 - “Thrashed out rye”.  Now that our grain crop has been harvested, it’s time to thresh and winnow it to separate seed from stalk. Come help us make our harvest ready to be ground into flour! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

August 28

Aug. 28th & 29th, 10a-4p:

There are 1,774 miles between Anson Jones’ hometown in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and where he lived in Washington, Texas. How on earth 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 for details at 936-...

August 29

Aug. 28th & 29th, 10a-4p:

There are 1,774 miles between Anson Jones’ hometown in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and where he lived in Washington, Texas. How on earth 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 for details at 936-...

November 2021

November 21

Nov. 21st & 22nd, 10a-4p:

Fall is here! It’s time to clean the house and ready it 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 and demonstrations ongoing throughout the day. Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

November 22

Nov. 21st & 22nd, 10a-4p:

Fall is here! It’s time to clean the house and ready it 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 and demonstrations ongoing throughout the day. Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.