Barrington Plantation State Historic Site Events

May 2021

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

Treat your Mom to Texas History and Heritage!

In celebration of Mother’s Day, select THC state historic sites are offering free admission for all mothers. From homes and inns to battlegrounds and frontier forts, there’s something to capture a variety of interests in locations across the state. Plan your visit now.

Offering free admission to all moms on Sunday, May 9 at sites regularly...

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 16

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.

May 30

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 8

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.