Events

July 2021

July 30

The Sam Rayburn House is proud to present some new (to the House) quilts at this year's Bonham Quilt Hop on Friday July 30th and Saturday, July 31st from 9 am to 4 pm both days. Within our Visitors Center you will find the Rayburn family's Prairie Rose trapunto-styled quilt, dated to 1850, on display. However, upon entering the Rayburn House, you will see three quilts we have on loan from the...

July 31

The Sam Rayburn House is proud to present some new (to the House) quilts at this year's Bonham Quilt Hop on Friday July 30th and Saturday, July 31st from 9 am to 4 pm both days. Within our Visitors Center you will find the Rayburn family's Prairie Rose trapunto-styled quilt, dated to 1850, on display. However, upon entering the Rayburn House, you will see three quilts we have on loan from the...

July 31

July 31st & Aug. 1st, Ongoing 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! For more information please call Barb King at 936-878-2214 x248

July 31


We can thank 19th-century Victorians for turning dogs into man’s best friend. Bring your canine companion with you to explore the Landmark Inn’s 5 acres. Water and treats will be available outside, but animals are not permitted in the historic buildings.


This program is open to the public and included with your visit to Landmark Inn.


While you're here,...

July 31

Bring your lunch (and a friend!) each Saturday from May 15 to the end of July for a picnic at the Maxey House! 

Enjoy the beautiful outdoors, check out the newly restored and replanted formal garden, get some fresh air, and swing in our rope swing from 11-2! 

Our staff will be on-site and happy to answer any questions about the Maxey House, the Maxey and Long families, or Paris...

July 31

Come learn about the history and use of the Morse Code as you craft your own hidden message bracelet! 

 All supplies will be provided for this FREE event, we just need YOU. 

If you can, let us know you are coming by calling 903-785-5716. Reservations for this event are not required but are much appreciated. 

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August 2021

August 1

July 31st & Aug. 1st, Ongoing 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! For more information please call Barb King at 936-878-2214 x248

August 3

Join THC staff and the Terracon project team to learn more about our upcoming series of disaster preparedness and response webinars for historic cemeteries. Get an introduction to the project team and learn about our overall goals for the project. This meeting will be interactive and we look forward to hearing from you about how the historic cemeteries you care about were impacted by Hurricane...

August 6

Join us on the first Friday of June, July, and August for special guided tours of the inn at 1,5, and 7 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 6th you are invited to follow in the footsteps of Judge John R Kennard, a Major in the 10th...

August 6

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, August 6th at the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site.
Sign-in will be at the Maxey House from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. for the sleepover.

After introductions, Livingston is inviting all his new friends to stay for a story and...

August 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.

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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 7

Join the Living History Foundation to enjoy Landmark Inn by candlelight and experience history from the perspective of the marginalized men and women who lived the Tejas before it was Texas.
Visit ourhist.org/2021-a-candlelight-tour-schedule.html for more information or to make reservations.

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 13

Do you have what it takes to be a soldier in the Texas Revolution? Find out at the San Jacinto Battleground’s special summer program.

Before the Battle of San Jacinto, General Houston spent two weeks training his men at Bernardo Plantation. There, they learned how to march and fight in formation and prepared the supplies they needed for the battle. It is also where the army took...

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

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open...

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 14


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

The cost is $15 per Fairy Garden.
Make your reservations today by calling 903-785-5716. Spots will go quick!!!


The event will be held outdoors and socially distanced!
 

August 14

Stretch your legs and honor the memory of the Texas Revolution with a guided bike tour of the battleground. The second Saturdays are all about cycling at the San Jacinto Battleground. We’re offering a guided bike tours of one of the most important spots in Texas history.

When: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Meet by the entrance to the San Jacinto Monument - between the reflection...

August 14

Its Storytime at the Inn! Bring the whole family to enjoy a special reading of “Miss Rumphius” and explore what makes Texas a uniquely beautiful place.
This program is open to the public and included with your visit to Landmark Inn.
While you're here, visit the Museum Store to purchase your own copies of "Miss Rumphius," or the "Texas Activity Book." Tea towels and tote bags...

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 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...

August 21

Join us for Hands-On-History to learn some simple embroidery stitches.  Sewing was an important skill for both boys and girls in the Republic era.

The craft will be offered from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm or supplies last and  is free for children 5-18 with a paid admission.

Please contact donna.barker@thc.texas.gov for more information

 

August 21

Have some fun with history and blow some summer soap bubbles just like 19th-century men, women, and children did!

This program is open to the public and included with your visit to Landmark Inn.

While you're here, visit the Museum Store to purchase your own copies of "The Boys Handy Book," or the "The Girls Handy Book." Various historical games and toys are also available....

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 28

Feeling up to the challenge? Learn about electricity, build a telegraph circuit, and decipher Morse Code.

This program is open to the public and included with your visit to Landmark Inn.
While you're here, visit the Museum Store to purchase your own copy of the "Texas Activity Book." Postcards featuring vintage toys or historical sites are also available.
We strongly...

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-...

September 2021

September 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.

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

Ages: Cycling Saturdays are open...

September 11

Stretch your legs and honor the memory of the Texas Revolution with a guided bike tour of the battleground. The second Saturdays are all about cycling at the San Jacinto Battleground. We’re offering a guided bike tours of one of the most important spots in Texas history.

When: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Meet by the entrance to the San Jacinto Monument - between the reflection...

September 11

Sam Houston stayed at the Fanthorp Inn many times during his illustrious career. Stop by the inn September 11-12 to learn about the relationship Henry Fanthorp had with this Texas icon. The event will include the return of the silver tipped cane and silver pocket watch given to Fanthorp by Houston, the first time it has been displayed at the inn in over a decade! Interpreters from the Sam ...

September 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...

September 24

Are you new to your local County Historical Commission (CHC)? Join the Texas Historical Commission (THC) for a webinar covering an overview of important duties and tasks of a CHC Marker Chair or CHC Chair related to the Official Texas Historical Marker Program. THC staff will conduct a webinar answering questions about the role of the CHC Marker Chair, marker policies, procedures and...

September 25

Join us for our Farmers Market @ our Bark in the Park Event on Saturday September 25th.  Local vendors will be selling local goods, bring your family and don't forget your furry friends.  The market is under the shade of our Live Oaks @ the Visitor Center.  Market runs 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

October 2021

October 2

Throughout the month of October we will be commemorating the 154th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.

 

Due to the macabre nature of the subject matter this program may not be suitable for children under 10.

October 2

Throughout the month of October we will be commemorating the 154th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.

 

Due to the macabre nature of the subject matter this program may not be suitable for children under 10.

October 2

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 9

Throughout the month of October we will be commemorating the 154th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.

 

Due to the macabre nature of the subject matter this program may not be suitable for children under 10.

October 9

Throughout the month of October we will be commemorating the 154th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.

 

Due to the macabre nature of the subject matter this program may not be suitable for children under 10.

October 16

Join on the Visitor Center Lawn for our 4th annual Farmers Market.  Enjoy local vendors, live music and food vendor on-site. 

October 16

Throughout the month of October we will be commemorating the 154th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.

 

Due to the macabre nature of the subject matter this program may not be suitable for children under 10.

October 16

Throughout the month of October we will be commemorating the 154th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.

 

Due to the macabre nature of the subject matter this program may not be suitable for children under 10.

October 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 23

Throughout the month of October we will be commemorating the 154th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.

 

Due to the macabre nature of the subject matter this program may not be suitable for children under 10.

October 23

Throughout the month of October we will be commemorating the 154th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.

 

Due to the macabre nature of the subject matter this program may not be suitable for children under 10.

October 23

Take a spooky 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! In the Main House, discover funeral and mourning practices of the past. Plus haunted hayrides, storytellers, and maybe, an unexpected guest or two!

An event...

October 28

Meeting location and information is still being planned. Please check back closer to the meeting for more information.

Paige Neumann  512.463.6100

paige.neumann@thc.texas.gov

October 30

Throughout the month of October we will be commemorating the 154th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.

 

Due to the macabre nature of the subject matter this program may not be suitable for children under 10.

October 30

Throughout the month of October we will be commemorating the 154th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.

 

Due to the macabre nature of the subject matter this program may not be suitable for children under 10.

November 2021

November 20

Join on the Visitor Center Lawn for our 4th annual Farmers Market.  Enjoy local vendors, live music and food vendor on-site. 

November 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...

December 2021

December 11

Stop by the inn this weekend as we commemorate the 160th wedding anniversary of John Fanthorp and Sallie Moore which occurred on Christmas Eve 1861.

December 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 18

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 2022

January 1

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

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January 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...

February 2022

February 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.

...

February 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...

March 2022

March 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...

April 2022

April 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...

May 2022

May 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...

June 2022

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...

July 2022

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...

October 2022

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.

December 2022

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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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.

December 2023

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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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.

December 2024

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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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.

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.

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