All Historic Site Events

May 2022

May 29

May 28th & 29th, 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 in the Quarter, and take home a few seeds to start your own garden! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248...

May 29

Anyone who has tried a ball & cup knows it’s harder than it looks, but practice makes perfect. Perfect your technique with your own homemade ball & cup. Join us this Sunday to make your own. We’ll provide the materials; you just need to bring your imagination.

When: Sunday, May 29; drop in between 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where: San Jacinto Museum

Age Range: All....

June 2022

June 3

Join us on the first Friday of June, July, and August for special guided tours of the inn at 12, 4, and 6 PM. Each of these first Friday events will include first person interpretation, meaning a historical figure will guide guests through their experiences with Henry Fanthorp and his inn.
On June 3rd you are invited to follow in the footsteps of George Ehrenfort, a German immigrant who...

June 4

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

...

June 4

Jun. 4th & 5th, 10a – 4p: 

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

June 5

Jun. 4th & 5th, 10a – 4p: 

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

June 5

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

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

June 9

Join us every Thursday from June 9 to July 28 at 3:00 pm for Sam's Summer Science Series!! We will have a short lesson about the history and science behind of each topic followed by a craft (while supplies last). Sam's Summer Science Series is FREE, so bring your little scientists to the Maxey House for some summer fun!
Series Schedule:
- June 9: Thaumatropes
- June 16:...

June 11

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

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

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

June 11

Jun. 11th & 12th, 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 at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas....

June 11

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

When: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

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

June 11

Calling all knitters and crocheters! Join us to celebrate World Wide Knit (& Crochet) in Public Day at the San Jacinto Battleground. You bring the yarn, we’ll provide the water, and we’ll celebrate in the shade at the San Jacinto Battleground.

When: Saturday, June 11; drop in between 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: At the picnic pavilion at the San Jacinto Battleground. Turn...

June 11

Here is the GRAND news everyone has been waiting on!
On June 11th, from 11 am to 5 pm, we will have our Grand Re-Opening! Bring your friends and family by to take part in various activities we will have that day!

Be apart of history by attending our ribbon-cutting ceremony, outreach activity, and more!

June 11

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

June 12

Jun. 11th & 12th, 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 at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas....

June 12

Join the staff and volunteers from San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site at Stephen F. Austin State Park as we chat about history, hands-on activities, archeology, and more! Second Saturdays with Steve are held in the amphitheater at Stephen F. Austin State Park at 10 AM and last about an hour. Each month is a different topic, so come back again and again!

 

June 12

In celebration of Juneteenth, the French Legation is pleased to partner with Black History Bike Ride to bring you this year’s annual Juneteenth Social Ride on Sunday June 12th! This year’s Juneteenth event will debut a new route focused on downtown and Austin's East Side featuring the historic Robertson Hill neighborhood and the French Legation.

The story of African Americans, from...

June 16

In partnership with Rocket Cinema, the French Legation is proud to present our first movie on the lawn, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark!

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us on the beautiful grounds of the historic French Legation for a screening of this classic film on June 16th. Fun for the whole family! Buy drinks and eats at the Café Legation.

Tickets: $...

June 18

Join us for a FREE Father's Day celebration of Dads, Dads-to-be, and the Dads we've found (or who found us) on life's way!

On June 18th from 9:00-11:00, the Sam Bell Maxey House will be celebrating with complimentary donuts, milk, coffee, and yard games as we celebrate!

This event is rain or shine, and if we get rained out, we'll move indoors to the Maxey House sunroom!...

June 18

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

June 18

Slavery was the abhorrent reality in the Town of Washington and Republic of Texas until June 19th, 1865.  Join us in Washington as we discuss the real histories of enslaved persons in Texas and the commemoration of emancipation marked by the Juneteenth holiday.  Be sure to join us the following weekend, June 25th, as we celebrate the ending of the brutal institution of slavery in Texas at our...

June 18

Jun. 18th & 19th, 10a – 4p: 

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

June 18

This workshop is for beginners to genealogy.  This very basic workshop will cover the following topics: free online and local resources, genealogy terminology,   overview of the U.S. census records and informative handouts.

 · $5 per person

· Reservations Requested

· 903-935-3044

All attendees are asked to bring a family memento or photograph to share with the...

June 19

Jun. 18th & 19th, 10a – 4p: 

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

June 25

All ages are invited to come make a Fairy Garden. All supplies will be provided, all you need bring is your imagination!

$10 per Fairy Garden

Reservation required. Make your reservations today by calling 903-785-5716.

June 26

Jun. 26th, 10a - 4p: 

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

June 30

Join us on June 30th for our first story time at the Café Legation!  Follow the adventures of the French student Madeline through Paris. Grab a drink and snacks in the café before the story. Play our yard games or explore Austin's oldest recorded residence afterwards. For more information, follow us on facebook and Instagram, or give us a call at 737-226-1399!

July 2022

July 1

Join us on the first Friday of June, July, and August for special guided tours of the inn at 12, 4, and 6 PM. Each of these first Friday events will include first person interpretation meaning a historical figure will guide guests through their experiences with Henry Fanthorp and his inn.
On July 1st you are invited to follow in the footsteps of Lady Amelia Murray, Queen Victoria's "Maid...

July 2

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.

...

July 2

Jul. 2nd & 3rd, 10a – 4p: 

We are 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 at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

July 3

Jul. 2nd & 3rd, 10a – 4p: 

We are 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 at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

July 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. (Off Independence Parkway, not Vista Rd.) There is space to park your car outside the gates....

July 9

July 9th & 10th, 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 9

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

When: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

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

July 10

July 9th & 10th, 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 10

Join the staff and volunteers from San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site at Stephen F. Austin State Park as we chat about history, hands-on activities, archeology, and more! Second Saturdays with Steve are held in the amphitheater at Stephen F. Austin State Park at 10 AM and last about an hour. Each month is a different topic, so come back again and again!

 

July 16

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

July 16

The Texas Mystique is embodied by the existence of the immortal Texas Rangers.  From the earliest days of Texas, even before independence was declared, the Rangers have stood as the indominable defenders of Texas and the quintessential law enforcement of the Republic and State.  Join us as we commemorate the service this most ancient Texas institution has rendered throughout our history.  See...

July 16

Jul. 16th & 17th, 10a-4p: 

Wear some old clothes and help us paint the fence and kitchen interior with whitewash. A traditional part of yearly cleaning it keeps the Plantation looking nice and tidy. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

July 17

Jul. 16th & 17th, 10a-4p: 

Wear some old clothes and help us paint the fence and kitchen interior with whitewash. A traditional part of yearly cleaning it keeps the Plantation looking nice and tidy. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

July 23

Jul. 23rd & 24th, 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 at ben....

July 24

Jul. 23rd & 24th, 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 at ben....

July 30

Jul. 30th & 31st, 10a - 4p: 

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! Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

July 31

Jul. 30th & 31st, 10a - 4p: 

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! Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

August 2022

August 5

Join us on the first Friday of June, July, and August for special guided tours of the inn at 12,4, and 6 PM. Each of these first Friday events will include first person interpretation meaning a historical figure will guide guests through their experiences with Henry Fanthorp and his inn.
On August 5th you are invited to meet the man who started it all, Henry Fanthorp. Gather around the...

August 6

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.

...

August 6

Aug. 6th & 7th, 11a – 2p:  

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

August 7

Aug. 6th & 7th, 11a – 2p:  

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

August 13

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

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

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

August 13

Aug. 13th & 14th, 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 at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

August 13

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

When: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

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

August 14

Aug. 13th & 14th, 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 at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

August 20

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

August 20

Texans today stand on the shoulders of great figures that lent their sweat, blood, tears, and lives to make Texas what it is today.  Join us at Washington as we celebrate these incredible figures from out history, and maybe even get a chance to meet one or two of them while you’re here!  From Stephen F. Austin to Sam Houston, come learn about the giants who made Texas, Texas.  Contact Kevin...

August 20

Aug. 20st & 21st, 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 at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

August 21

Aug. 20st & 21st, 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 at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

August 27

Aug. 27th & 28th, 10a – 4p:  

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

August 28

Aug. 27th & 28th, 10a – 4p:  

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

September 2022

September 3

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

...

September 10

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

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

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

September 10

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

When: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

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

September 17

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

October 2022

October 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.

...

October 1

Hogg-toberfest is a family-friendly event centered around good clean fun and the welcoming of Fall! There will be activities and games for all ages, cold refreshments for adults in our Biergarten, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, food, and fun!

More information leading up to the event posted here and on our Facebook page, so please check back frequently.

October 8

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

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

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

October 15

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

October 22

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

Admission...

November 2022

November 5

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

...

November 19

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

December 2022

December 3

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

...

December 10

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

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

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

December 10

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 offer two guided bike tours of one of the most important sites in Texas history.

When: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm; 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Where: Meet by the entrance to the San Jacinto Monument...

December 17

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

December 17

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

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January 2023

January 7

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

...

January 14

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

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

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

January 21

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

February 2023

February 11

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

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

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

February 18

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

March 2023

March 11

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

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

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

March 18

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

April 2023

April 15

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

May 2023

May 20

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

June 2023

June 17

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

July 2023

July 15

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

August 2023

August 19

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

September 2023

September 16

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

October 2023

October 7

Hogg-toberfest is a family-friendly event centered around good clean fun and the welcoming of Fall! There will be activities and games for all ages, cold refreshments for adults in our Biergarten, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, food, and fun!

More information leading up to the event posted here and on our Facebook page, so please check back frequently.

October 21

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

October 28

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

Admission...

November 2023

November 18

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

December 2023

December 16

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

December 16

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

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January 2024

January 20

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

February 2024

February 17

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

March 2024

March 16

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

April 2024

April 20

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

May 2024

May 18

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

June 2024

June 15

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

July 2024

July 20

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

August 2024

August 17

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

September 2024

September 21

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

October 2024

October 5

Hogg-toberfest is a family-friendly event centered around good clean fun and the welcoming of Fall! There will be activities and games for all ages, cold refreshments for adults in our Biergarten, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, food, and fun!

More information leading up to the event posted here and on our Facebook page, so please check back frequently.

October 19

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

October 26

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

Admission...

November 2024

November 16

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

December 2024

December 21

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

December 21

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

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January 2025

January 18

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

February 2025

February 15

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

March 2025

March 15

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

April 2025

April 19

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

May 2025

May 17

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

June 2025

June 21

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

July 2025

July 19

Market Day - A Local Market by Locals

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

October 2025

October 4

Hogg-toberfest is a family-friendly event centered around good clean fun and the welcoming of Fall! There will be activities and games for all ages, cold refreshments for adults in our Biergarten, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, food, and fun!

More information leading up to the event posted here and on our Facebook page, so please check back frequently.

October 25

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

Admission...

December 2025

December 20

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

...

October 2026

October 24

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

Admission...

October 2027

October 23

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

Admission...

October 2028

October 28

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

Admission...

October 2029

October 27

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

Admission...

October 2030

October 26

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

Admission...

October 2031

October 25

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

Admission...

October 2032

October 23

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

Admission...

October 2033

October 22

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

Admission...