All Historic Site Events

May 2020

May 28

Texas State University professor and former Texas Historical Commission historian, Dan Utley, presents a program about his research into golf courses associated with Texas history sites - just in time for Father's Day! Bring a friend and come out for this special evening event. For the most current information about scheduled events and programs go to http://www.visitsanfelipedeaustin.com or...

June 2020

June 5

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!...

June 8

Explore the world above and below your feet! Science and history can be found along the Medina River at the Landmark Inn State Historic Site. Master Teacher Madaline Sherrill returns with her engaging summer camp for children ages 4 to 6, 8:30-10:30 each day.

June 10

Interdisciplinary science with a dose of history can be found along the Medina River at the Landmark Inn State Historic Site. Master Teacher Madaline Sherrill returns with her engaging summer camp for children ages 7 to 12, 8:30-11:30 each day.

June 15

Explore the world above and below your feet! Science and history can be found along the Medina River at the Landmark Inn State Historic Site. Master Teacher Madaline Sherrill returns with her engaging summer camp for children ages 4 to 6, 8:30-10:30 each day.

June 17

Interdisciplinary science with a dose of history can be found along the Medina River at the Landmark Inn State Historic Site. Master Teacher Madaline Sherrill returns with her engaging summer camp for children ages 7 to 12, 8:30-11:30 each day.

June 19

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 June 19th, we will be reading and discussing American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt by Stephanie Marie Thornton.

If you can’t make a meeting...

July 2020

July 3

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!...

July 4

July 4th. 10a – 4p:
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.

July 11

July 11th & 12th, 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 12

July 11th & 12th, 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

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 July 17th, we will be reading and discussing The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde.

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

July 18

July 18th & 19th, 10a – 4p:
What games do you like to play? Young Texans wouldn’t get much free time in the nineteenth century, but it wasn’t all work and no play for farming families. Come play with us and learn some games kids would have enjoyed at Barrington in 1850. Contact Barb King for details at 936-878-2214.

July 19

July 18th & 19th, 10a – 4p:
What games do you like to play? Young Texans wouldn’t get much free time in the nineteenth century, but it wasn’t all work and no play for farming families. Come play with us and learn some games kids would have enjoyed at Barrington in 1850. Contact Barb King for details at 936-878-2214.

July 24

Livingston the Lion, a stuffed animal from the late 1800s, is hosting a sleepover for your stuffed animal, doll, or action figure on the night of Friday, July 24th at the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site.  Sign-in will be at the Maxey House from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. for the sleepover.  After introductions, Livingston is inviting all his new friends to stay for a story and snack beginning...

July 25

July 25th & 26th, 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 26

July 25th & 26th, 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...

August 2020

August 1

August 1st & 2nd, 10a, 1p, 3p
Fancy learning 1850’s style? You can mind your manners and your ABC’s down on the Farm for a period school lesson, while getting ready to head back for your upcoming school year! For more information please call Barb King at 936-878-2214.

August 2

August 1st & 2nd, 10a, 1p, 3p
Fancy learning 1850’s style? You can mind your manners and your ABC’s down on the Farm for a period school lesson, while getting ready to head back for your upcoming school year! For more information please call Barb King at 936-878-2214.

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

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-...

November 2020

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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