All Historic Site Events

August 2020

August 7

Looking for something to do over your lunch?  Join us at the Maxey House for fun and educational discussions during our Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series.  On the first Friday of every month, speakers from and around Paris will be on site to discuss different topics related to the site's and Paris's history.  Bring your lunch and join us in discovering a side of Paris you've never seen before!...

August 8

August 8th & 9th, 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 9

August 8th & 9th, 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 15

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Vaner-Hogg Plantation for some of the freshest fruits, veggies and baked goodies around. Check our Facebook Event Listing for updates on the vendors attending!

August 15

Join us, this month, for a mock election for children (of all ages!) to choose our first-ever Varner-Hogg Mascot. We'll meet seven candidates inspired by actual animal friends who called Varner-Hogg home (see the Photo Gallery below). On August 15, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. we'll have in-person primary voting, during our Farmers Market, to narrow the candidates to two, and then, hold our...

August 15

August 15th & 16th, 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.

August 16

August 15th & 16th, 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.

August 21

Join us as we continue the Maxey House Book Club! Every month, we will get together and discuss a different book. We will meet in person at the Blind Pig, located at 129 South Main Street in downtown Paris, at 7 pm.  On August 21st, we will be reading and discussing All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy.

If you can’t make a meeting in person or you just can't wait until the...

August 22

August 22nd & 23rd, 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.

August 23

August 22nd & 23rd, 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.

August 29

August 29th & 30th, 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 farm and see how folks like Dr. Jones embarked on their travels through Texas. Contact Barb King for details at 936-...

August 30

August 29th & 30th, 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 farm and see how folks like Dr. Jones embarked on their travels through Texas. Contact Barb King for details at 936-...

September 2020

September 5

Sept. 5th & 6th, 10a-4p:

The ears of corn have dried in the summer sun and been gathered to the corn crib. Now it’s time to husk the ears and shell the kernels off the cob using our 19th century original crank corn sheller. Come help us prepare our valuable crop for the gristmill! Race a friend to see who can husk an ear the fastest, and then take a turn cranking the sheller!...

September 5

Current circumstances regarding COVID-19 have left us at Fort McKavett without our regular programs and limited site access for months.  On Labor Day Weekend, join us for a small reception as we unveil our new rotating exhibit on Fort McKavett’s civilian laborers and a movie screening to follow.  We will be watching John Ford’s “Sergeant Rutledge” starring Jeffery Hunter, Constance Towers, and...

September 6

Sept. 5th & 6th, 10a-4p:

The ears of corn have dried in the summer sun and been gathered to the corn crib. Now it’s time to husk the ears and shell the kernels off the cob using our 19th century original crank corn sheller. Come help us prepare our valuable crop for the gristmill! Race a friend to see who can husk an ear the fastest, and then take a turn cranking the sheller!...

September 11

Come out and join us as living historians and reenactors demonstrate methods of tailoring from the 19th Century. See clothing from shirts and pants to uniforms and hats being created, try your hand at using an antique treadle sewing machine, and practice your hand-stitches!  For materials lists and additional information, please RSVP no later than August 15 to Kevin.Malcolm@thc.texas.gov or...

September 12

Come out and join us as living historians and reenactors demonstrate methods of tailoring from the 19th Century. See clothing from shirts and pants to uniforms and hats being created, try your hand at using an antique treadle sewing machine, and practice your hand-stitches!  For materials lists and additional information, please RSVP no later than August 15 to Kevin.Malcolm@thc.texas.gov or...

September 12

Sept. 12th & 13th, 10a-4p:  

Corn was the largest and most versatile crop grown at Barrington. Discover how various parts of the corn plant would be used across the farm according to Dr. Jones’ writings about his crop. Come see what enslaved cook Charity might have cooked with stoneground cornmeal in the kitchen at Barrington. Help stuff a mattress with new corn shucks on the porch...

September 13

Sept. 12th & 13th, 10a-4p:  

Corn was the largest and most versatile crop grown at Barrington. Discover how various parts of the corn plant would be used across the farm according to Dr. Jones’ writings about his crop. Come see what enslaved cook Charity might have cooked with stoneground cornmeal in the kitchen at Barrington. Help stuff a mattress with new corn shucks on the porch...

September 19

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

Though in the 1850s brightly colored and beautifully patterned cloth was readily imported from the mills of England, time in the Texas sun would take its toll. Discover how the Jones family and those enslaved at Barrington could easily refresh their faded clothing using dyes made with natural items from near and far. Demonstrations ongoing throughout the...

September 20

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

Though in the 1850s brightly colored and beautifully patterned cloth was readily imported from the mills of England, time in the Texas sun would take its toll. Discover how the Jones family and those enslaved at Barrington could easily refresh their faded clothing using dyes made with natural items from near and far. Demonstrations ongoing throughout the...

September 26

Sept. 26th & 27th, 10a-4p:

Patching the chinking and daubing between the logs of the slave cabins to keep the elements out would be a seasonal task for those enslaved at Barrington. Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with us as we mix the clay daub and put it up on the walls of the cabin! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

September 27

Sept. 26th & 27th, 10a-4p:

Patching the chinking and daubing between the logs of the slave cabins to keep the elements out would be a seasonal task for those enslaved at Barrington. Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with us as we mix the clay daub and put it up on the walls of the cabin! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

October 2020

October 2

Did you know that Fort McKavett was one of the first telegraph stations in West Texas?  Come out and see how that landmark historic event was accomplished in 1875 with Company C!  Reenactors from around the world will gather at Fort McKavett to present a true snapshot in time as they portray soldiers of the 10th Infantry Regiment that built the telegraph line connecting Forts McKavett and...

October 3

Did you know that Fort McKavett was one of the first telegraph stations in West Texas?  Come out and see how that landmark historic event was accomplished in 1875 with Company C!  Reenactors from around the world will gather at Fort McKavett to present a true snapshot in time as they portray soldiers of the 10th Infantry Regiment that built the telegraph line connecting Forts McKavett and...

October 3

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

When Dr. Anson Jones and his family lived at Barrington in the 1850s, selling cotton was the main source of income – a cash crop. To this day, cotton remains a vital component of our daily lives! This special program gives you the hands-on opportunity to work alongside historic interpreters picking and weighing cotton from the fields, and then head to porch...

October 4

Did you know that Fort McKavett was one of the first telegraph stations in West Texas?  Come out and see how that landmark historic event was accomplished in 1875 with Company C!  Reenactors from around the world will gather at Fort McKavett to present a true snapshot in time as they portray soldiers of the 10th Infantry Regiment that built the telegraph line connecting Forts McKavett and...

October 4

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

When Dr. Anson Jones and his family lived at Barrington in the 1850s, selling cotton was the main source of income – a cash crop. To this day, cotton remains a vital component of our daily lives! This special program gives you the hands-on opportunity to work alongside historic interpreters picking and weighing cotton from the fields, and then head to porch...

October 10

Oct. 10th & 11th, 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 take a peek behind the curtain with us at Barrington as we uncover the tricks and tools of the trade. Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

October 11

Oct. 10th & 11th, 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 take a peek behind the curtain with us at Barrington as we uncover the tricks and tools of the trade. Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

October 17

Oct. 17th & 18th, 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 Quarters. Take home seeds to grow your own heirloom variety gourds! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

October 17

Prepare yourself for a day and night of exploring the heavens above and the earth beneath.  Join us as we spend the day finding and investigating artifacts found at Fort McKavett during various archaeological digs done in the past 50 years. See the amazing finds of stones, glassware, metal buttons, and much more.  Put your investigative skills to the test in our mock archaeological dig! In the...

October 18

Oct. 17th & 18th, 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 Quarters. Take home seeds to grow your own heirloom variety gourds! Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at 936-878-2214 x248.

October 24

Oct. 24th & 25th, 10a-4p:

What’s your morning routine look like? See how the Jones family at Barrington prepared to face the day and maybe clean yourself up a little bit along the way. Our family’s morning ritual probably isn’t that much different! Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x248

October 25

Oct. 24th & 25th, 10a-4p:

What’s your morning routine look like? See how the Jones family at Barrington prepared to face the day and maybe clean yourself up a little bit along the way. Our family’s morning ritual probably isn’t that much different! Contact Barb King for more information at 936-878-2214 x248

October 31

Oct. 31st & Nov. 1st, 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.

November 2020

November 1

Oct. 31st & Nov. 1st, 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.

November 7

Nov. 7th & 8th, 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, so too did the farmers of early Texas. Join us at Barrington Plantation where demonstrators will exhibit some of the many skills needed by our...

November 7

Put on your dancing shoes and join the old-time band “Time Was” for an evening of fun, dancing, and live music!  Visitors will be led and instructed in period dances while live music is provided from historical musicians.  A tavern scene will be set up and guests will be able to purchase refreshments from the bar.  Other period entertainment will be included between songs, including poetry...

November 8

Nov. 7th & 8th, 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, so too did the farmers of early Texas. Join us at Barrington Plantation where demonstrators will exhibit some of the many skills needed by our...

November 14

14th & 15th, 10a – 4p:

Dr. Jones penned in his journal on Nov. 16, 1846 – “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 for more...

November 14

Last year was so much fun, we have decided to host another Chili Cook-off this Fall!

Chefs: Admission is $10.00 to enter your chili. Please have chili cooked and ready to go in a crock-pot or similar container. Plugs will be available for you to plug into. Please set aside a cup or so of chili out of your crock-pot for judges to taste. Please get to the Site early to set up!

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November 15

14th & 15th, 10a – 4p:

Dr. Jones penned in his journal on Nov. 16, 1846 – “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 for more...

December 2020

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 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 11

Dec. 11th & 12th, 4:30p-8p:

Walk the candlelit paths at Barrington Plantation and experience a Texas Christmas in the decade before the Civil War.  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!  Tour the historic home of the last President of the...

December 12

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 12

Dec. 11th & 12th, 4:30p-8p:

Walk the candlelit paths at Barrington Plantation and experience a Texas Christmas in the decade before the Civil War.  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!  Tour the historic home of the last President of the...

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.