Events

October 2021

October 16

We're looking forward to the Second Annual Goodnight's Grind on October 16th. This gravel bike ride provides routes for 27, 47, and 75 mile options.

Riders will descend into and climb out of multiple sections of the picturesque panhandle canyons while traversing many historical locations and crossing vast sections of the famous JA Ranch!

Mass start begins at 10:00 a.m.

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October 16

Oct. 16th & 17th, 10a – 4p: 

The calabash, or gourd, was readily seen in many 19th century gardens and found many uses among enslaved people. Join us as we explore the background of the calabash, and take part in making items for use around the Quarters. Take home seeds to grow your own heirloom variety gourds! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-...

October 16

The history of Washington lies just below the surface.  Join us and the Houston Archeological Society in the center of the historic Town of Washington as we discuss the archaeological record of the former Capitol of the Texas Republic.  Get hands-on with a mock archaeology dig and learn about the finer points of artifact discovery and research.  See one-of-a-kind artifacts found around the...

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

Every Friday and Saturday during Hispanic Heritage Month

For a small donation of their choice visitors can make one of the following traditional Mexican crafts: papel picado, fiesta flowers, ojo de dios, tin ornaments.

The materials can be taken home or made 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 16

Help celebrate a state historical marker for Substation No. 14. Please register at the following link to attend: https://sonora.tamu.edu/events/historical-marker-dedication/. 

October 16

Join us this month as we make "Tin" Punched Suncatchers with traditional patterns.

Craft will be available from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm or as supplies last; there is no reservations required.

Activity is free for children 5-16 with paid admission.

Contact Donna Barker at donna.barker@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2461 x238 for more information

October 16

Since there was no electricity in the Republic of Texas, candles were essential for lighting; many homes had decorative punched tin lamps or sconces that reflected more light in the room.

This month we're making a variation of decorative punched "tin" by making a suncatcher!  The tin is aluminum foil and safe for young children.

Craft will be available from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm...

October 16

Help celebrate a state historical marker and Historical Texas Cemetery designation for San Geronimo Cemetery. 

October 16

Join us on the night of October 16, 2021 when the spirits of Washington-on-the-Brazos cross the veil to tell their haunting tales of life and death in the Republic of Texas! 

Once guests have completed the Tombstone Trail, they are encouraged to tour the Star of the Republic Museum by flashlight and enjoy treats around the campfire at the Visitor’s Center. 

Due to the macabre...

October 17

Oct. 16th & 17th, 10a – 4p: 

The calabash, or gourd, was readily seen in many 19th century gardens and found many uses among enslaved people. Join us as we explore the background of the calabash, and take part in making items for use around the Quarters. Take home seeds to grow your own heirloom variety gourds! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-...

October 23

Oct. 23rd & 24th, 10a – 4p:   

What does your morning routine look like? See how the Jones family prepared to face the day and maybe clean yourself up a little bit along the way. Our family’s morning ritual probably is not much different! Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

October 23

In this fun-filled workshop, you will learn the basics of melt and pour soap making, general techniques and even a little history. We'll go through the use and benefits of the ingredients and learn about different design techniques.

 

Participants will be able to choose fragrance, molds and colors. Your soap can also be infused with luxurious skincare ingredients like scented...

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

Help celebrate a Historic Texas Cemetery designation and State Historical Marker for Elderville Cemetery. 

Directions: 
From Longview: (About 5 miles south of Longview, TX on SH 322). One mile south of the East Texas Regional Airport on Texas Hwy 322, on the southeast side of the intersection of SH 322 and FM 2011.
 
From Henderson: North 2 miles on HWY 259, northeast...

October 23

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 11:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45...

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 23

It is said things look different in the dark, and that is true of the Sam Bell Maxey House, especially around Halloween. The Maxey House will be open late on October 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for “Maxey After Dark.” Visitors are invited to step inside after night has fallen and the lights are dimmed to learn about Victorian death, funeral, and mourning traditions.
Admission is $5 per...

October 24

Oct. 23rd & 24th, 10a – 4p:   

What does your morning routine look like? See how the Jones family prepared to face the day and maybe clean yourself up a little bit along the way. Our family’s morning ritual probably is not much different! Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

October 24

Archeology plays a vital role in learning about what happened at the Battle of San Jacinto. In honor of Texas Archeology Month, the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site and the San Jacinto Monument of History present a talk by archeologists Gregg Dimmick and Douglas Mangum. Join us on Sunday, October 24, for a look into archeology projects done on the San Jacinto Battlefield, what...

October 26

Visitors can make a small Dia de los Muertos altar using craft supplies offered by Casa Navarro.

This is a free event. Free parking on Tuesdays after 5 pm at city parking meters and city parking lots.

October 26

Prepare for an emergency situation by getting back to basics. Attend this presentation to gain a better understanding of the significance of historic cemeteries and the importance of building a base of community support before disaster strikes. This is the first episode in a series of 6 webinars that will address the fundamental actions cemetery caretakers can take to safeguard the valuable...

October 27

Join the Marshall Public Library at they present Spooky Story-Time at Starr Family Home State Historic Site.  Activities will take place at the Gazbo and will include storytime, spooky spider crafts, trick-or-treating and outdoor games.  A fall-themed photo op area is available for pictures.  A special guest apprearance by ETBU’s Snoopy, from the cast of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, will...

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 28

Join the Marshall Public Library at they present Spooky Story-Time at Starr Family Home State Historic Site.  Activities will take place at the Gazbo and will include storytime, spooky spider crafts, trick-or-treating and outdoor games.  A fall-themed photo op area is available for pictures.  A special guest apprearance by ETBU’s Snoopy, from the cast of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, will...

October 29

The San Jacinto Battleground has been a final resting place for Texans for at least 200 years. This Halloween, join us for a special candlelight tour of two of our cemeteries to illuminate the real stories of the men and women who lived, fought and died here.

When: Friday, October 29 & Saturday, October 30; 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Meet at the picnic tables by the...

October 29

Join us for a special night tour of the Magoffin Home where we will discuss the history of death and burial in the Magoffin family and El Paso. This special tour is priced the same as our regular tours. You must call inadvance for tickets. No tickets will be sold the night of the event and space is very limited.

Please call 915-533-5147 for tickets.

October 30

Enjoy local legends and frightening tales of Fayette County around the Bluff bonfire. The bonfire (weather and conditions permitting) will be lit around 6:45 and stories begin at 7:00pm. Come early! Watch the sunset from the Bluff while enjoying a BYO picnic.

October 30

Oct. 30th & 31st, 10a – 4p: 

What special foods do you enjoy at the holidays? Like you, the Jones family hosted visitors and enjoyed a varied diet full of exotic treats to mark the season. We will be making a few of these foods this weekend and talking about many others. Discussions and kitchen activities ongoing. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248...

October 30

Help celebrate the dedication of a State Historical Marker for Elmira and Aaron T. Castleberry, II. The ceremony will be held at Pine Tree Middle School. The marker can be found at The Fishers' Cemetery, Silver Falls Road at SH 80.

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.

October 30

We are excited to invite the public back to visit the French Legation State Historic Site for our Grand Reopening event on Saturday, October 30. Experience over 180 years of history through one of Austin’s oldest wood-frame structures. Learn about the French influence during the early Republic era, the involvement of the Catholic Church, and the Roberston family who called the Legation home...

October 30

The San Jacinto Battleground has been a final resting place for Texans for at least 200 years. This Halloween, join us for a special candlelight tour of two of our cemeteries to illuminate the real stories of the men and women who lived, fought and died here.

When: Friday, October 29 & Saturday, October 30; 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Meet at the picnic tables by the...

October 31

Oct. 30th & 31st, 10a – 4p: 

What special foods do you enjoy at the holidays? Like you, the Jones family hosted visitors and enjoyed a varied diet full of exotic treats to mark the season. We will be making a few of these foods this weekend and talking about many others. Discussions and kitchen activities ongoing. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248...

November 2021

November 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.

...

November 6

Nov. 6th & 7th, 10a – 4p: 

Ponder for a moment all of the skills and trades practiced by others that you rely upon daily: auto mechanics, carpenters, electricians, plumbers just to name a few! Just as you need skilled laborers to live, so too did the farmers of early Texas. Join us at Barrington Plantation where demonstrators will exhibit some of the many skills needed by our...

November 6

Starr Family Home welcomes the Urban Sketchers East Texas Group, a group of local artists who routinly meet to sketch locations all over East Texas.  They capture what they see from direct observation.  Their drawings tell the story of their surroundings and are a record of time and place. 

 

Guests are encouraged to observe the artists at work and to bring their own sketch...

November 6

Join Gloria as she explores the recipes published by El Pasoans in 1898 in The El Paso Cook Book. It is held on the first Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. Please call to reserve your spot as space is limited. Admission is $5 per person.

Call 915-533-5147 to reserve your spot.

November 6

Join us as we gaze upon the heavens with the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society and their high power telescopes. The program begins at dusk, but feel free to visit the site during the day as well! This is a special event McKavett holds every year to take some amazing pictures of the nighttime sky without light pollution from nearby towns.

November 7

Nov. 6th & 7th, 10a – 4p: 

Ponder for a moment all of the skills and trades practiced by others that you rely upon daily: auto mechanics, carpenters, electricians, plumbers just to name a few! Just as you need skilled laborers to live, so too did the farmers of early Texas. Join us at Barrington Plantation where demonstrators will exhibit some of the many skills needed by our...

November 7

Help celebrate a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark designation and historical marker for Coffield House. For more information about the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, please call Denise Brock at 512-446-2030, visit their website at www.RockdaleChamber.com, or email info@rockdalechamber.com

November 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....

November 13

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...

November 13

Nov. 13th & 14th, 10a – 4p:  

Fall is here! It is 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 at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more...

November 13

Have you ever wondered what it was like to eat what the soldiers of the mid-19th century ate? "Unwholesome rations were not the rule," recalled a Civil War soldier in his memoirs, "they were the exception..." Quality of food varied, but not the quantity. In this program we will explore the various types of food issued to soldiers in the garrison and campaign life. Come see, and smell, the...

November 13

On Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, the first annual Texas Memorial Illumination at San Jacinto will take place to commemorate the sacrifice of the over 21,500 Texans who have given their lives in armed conflict. Volunteer groups are being sought to participate by placing, lighting, and picking up 21,500 candles on the San Jacinto Battlefield to visually depict what...

November 14

Nov. 13th & 14th, 10a – 4p:  

Fall is here! It is 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 at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more...

November 14

Help celebrate a state historical marker for First United Methodist Church, Fulshear. For more information, please contact the Fort Bend County Historical Commission at aacosta@fortbendmuseum.org.

November 14

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...

November 20

Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Andrew Robinson’s settlement on the banks of the Brazos River in Stephen F. Austin’s new Mexican colony.  Events will include a rededication of a historic marker memorializing Washington’s first settler, guest speakers, and living history.  See where Andrew would have established the first river crossing of the Brazos River along the famous La Bahia Road.  ...

November 20

Nov. 20th & 21st, 10a – 4p: 

Dr. Jones penned in his journal on Nov. 16, 1846 – “Recommenced breaking up the strip of prairie on the east side of field…” As the crop growing season wanes and the fields go fallow, we’ll turn over the fields once more before winter sets in. Come see our strong oxen at work and try your hand at walking behind a plow! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben....

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...

November 20

In the 1830s, the prairie and marsh surrounding the San Jacinto Battleground were full of edible plants. Residents at San Jacinto, first Native Americans, then Texian settlers, relied on these plants for food. Thanks to the hard work from our prairie restoration volunteers, many of these native plants have returned to San Jacinto.

On Saturday, November 20, foraging expert Dr. Mark “...

November 20

This month we're making Native American Snakes!  Color their patterns, cut them out and watch them twist in the wind. 

As an added bonus we're also making Talavera tile magnets.  It's a two-for-one craft day!

Craft will be available from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm or as supplies last; there is no reservations required.

Activity is free for children 5-18 with paid admission....

November 21

Nov. 20th & 21st, 10a – 4p: 

Dr. Jones penned in his journal on Nov. 16, 1846 – “Recommenced breaking up the strip of prairie on the east side of field…” As the crop growing season wanes and the fields go fallow, we’ll turn over the fields once more before winter sets in. Come see our strong oxen at work and try your hand at walking behind a plow! Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben....

November 27

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 11:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45...

November 27


The tradition returns! Come enjoy this Historic Inn in all its candlelit glory. A horse-drawn stagecoach will pick you up in front of the Grimes County Court House and deliver you to the Inn. Once your foot steps off the coach, staff and volunteers will transport you to 1850's Texas where you will tour the spectacular candlelit Fanthorp Inn. Costumed re-enactors, music and dancing will...

December 2021

December 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.

...

December 4

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

December 4

Kids of all ages are invited to make festive sparkly slime and a simple Christmas ornament.  Afterwards, guests will use sprinkles to decorate a Christmas cookie and settle in with punch to enjoy a Christmas themed story, or two.  $2 per person  Reservation required.

 

 

December 4

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. While walking the trial and exploring the decorated grounds, guests can enjoy live entertainment, holiday refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, living history programs, and more. For more information, visit www....

December 5

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

December 10

Dec. 10th & 11th, 4:30p-8p

Walk the candlelit paths at Barrington Plantation and experience a Texas Christmas in the decade before the Civil War. Discover the origins of some of our favorite Holiday traditions as costumed interpreters bring to life the festivities of the season with musket-fire, music, dancing and more! Tour the historic home of the last President of the Republic,...

December 10

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. While walking the trial and exploring the decorated grounds, guests can enjoy live entertainment, holiday refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, living history programs, and more. For more information, visit www....

December 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....

December 11

Do you enjoy history and the holiday season? Eisenhower Birthplace SHS will display three holiday trees from the 1890s, 1940s, and 1950s this year. Stop by the site between Saturday, December 11th and Thursday, December 23rd to view the trees around the site. On the 11th, 17th, and 18th self-guided tours of the grounds (providing information about Christmas past), activities, and craft kits to...

December 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 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 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 11

Dec. 10th & 11th, 4:30p-8p

Walk the candlelit paths at Barrington Plantation and experience a Texas Christmas in the decade before the Civil War. Discover the origins of some of our favorite Holiday traditions as costumed interpreters bring to life the festivities of the season with musket-fire, music, dancing and more! Tour the historic home of the last President of the Republic,...

December 11

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. While walking the trial and exploring the decorated grounds, guests can enjoy live entertainment, holiday refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, living history programs, and more. For more information, visit www....

December 12

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...

December 17

Do you enjoy history and the holiday season? Eisenhower Birthplace SHS will display three holiday trees from the 1890s, 1940s, and 1950s this year. Stop by the site between Saturday, December 11th and Thursday, December 23rd to view the trees around the site. On the 11th, 17th, and 18th self-guided tours of the grounds (providing information about Christmas past), activities, and craft kits to...

December 17

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. While walking the trial and exploring the decorated grounds, guests can enjoy live entertainment, holiday refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, living history programs, and more. For more information, visit www....

December 18

Do you enjoy history and the holiday season? Eisenhower Birthplace SHS will display three holiday trees from the 1890s, 1940s, and 1950s this year. Stop by the site between Saturday, December 11th and Thursday, December 23rd to view the trees around the site. On the 11th, 17th, and 18th self-guided tours of the grounds (providing information about Christmas past), activities, and craft kits to...

December 18

Ring in the holidays at the Birthplace of Texas!  Join festive citizens from the Town of Washington as they celebrate the season with popular readings and songs from the 19th Century.  Learn about common Christmas traditions that would have taken place in towns like Washington and listen to stories of Christmases gone by in the Brazos Valley.  Enjoy a taste of the season by sampling some...

December 18

Dec. 18th & 19th, 10a – 4p: 

What special foods do you enjoy at the holidays? Like you, the Jones family hosted visitors and enjoyed a varied diet full of exotic treats to mark the season. We will be making a few of these foods this weekend and talking about many others. Discussions and kitchen activities ongoing. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248...

December 18

Ring in the holidays with us here at Fort McKavett! Visit the various historic buildings and get festive with historic Christmas activities. Make homemade Christmas decorations, help make delicious treats in the Officer’s Kitchen, write a Christmas Card to a friend, and get your image struck with our very own Victorian Santa! Token proceeds benefit the Friends of Fort McKavett and help off-set...

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

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 11:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45...

December 18

The grounds of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill state historic sites will be transformed with beautiful holiday lights during the evenings in December. While walking the trial and exploring the decorated grounds, guests can enjoy live entertainment, holiday refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, living history programs, and more. For more information, visit www....

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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December 19

Dec. 18th & 19th, 10a – 4p: 

What special foods do you enjoy at the holidays? Like you, the Jones family hosted visitors and enjoyed a varied diet full of exotic treats to mark the season. We will be making a few of these foods this weekend and talking about many others. Discussions and kitchen activities ongoing. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248...

December 23

Walk the trails of the beautifully decorated Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. Enjoy scenic vistas, light displays, and a traditionally decorated Kreische House exterior. Note: entertainment, refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, and special programs will not be available during Trail of Lights Encore. For more information, visit www....

December 24

Walk the trails of the beautifully decorated Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. Enjoy scenic vistas, light displays, and a traditionally decorated Kreische House exterior. Note: entertainment, refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, and special programs will not be available during Trail of Lights Encore. For more information, visit www....

December 25

Walk the trails of the beautifully decorated Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. Enjoy scenic vistas, light displays, and a traditionally decorated Kreische House exterior. Note: entertainment, refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, and special programs will not be available during Trail of Lights Encore. For more information, visit www....

December 26

(Closed Dec. 25th)
Dec. 26th, 10a – 4p:  

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Dec. 29, 1847 – “Hired Mr. Bowen… Sent Him with two hands to Cedar Brake to make rails.” With the main crop fields turned fallow, now is the time to repair and restack fencing around the farm. Come help us clear and build up our fences so that they’ll be ready to defend the new crop in spring! Contact Ben...

December 26

Walk the trails of the beautifully decorated Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. Enjoy scenic vistas, light displays, and a traditionally decorated Kreische House exterior. Note: entertainment, refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, and special programs will not be available during Trail of Lights Encore. For more information, visit www....

December 27

Walk the trails of the beautifully decorated Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. Enjoy scenic vistas, light displays, and a traditionally decorated Kreische House exterior. Note: entertainment, refreshments, family activities, visits with Santa, and special programs will not be available during Trail of Lights Encore. For more information, visit www....

January 2022

January 2

(Closed Jan. 1st)
Jan. 2nd, 10a – 4p: 

Mental health treatment looked very different in the 1850s than current recommendations. We know Dr. Jones suffered from low spirits throughout his life and found it difficult to treat with medicine and advice available to him. Listen to discussions about interventions for mental health maladies ongoing throughout the day. Contact Barb King ...

January 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....

January 8

Jan. 8th & 9th, 10a – 4p:   

(may switch with Jan. 15th & 16th depending on weather conditions) 

Butchering livestock was a very necessary way of life in the mid-19th century. Their main source of meat, pork, has been preserved by drying, salting and smoking for centuries. Join us for our annual butchering and curing weekend, where we will be butchering a hog on...

January 9

Jan. 8th & 9th, 10a – 4p:   

(may switch with Jan. 15th & 16th depending on weather conditions) 

Butchering livestock was a very necessary way of life in the mid-19th century. Their main source of meat, pork, has been preserved by drying, salting and smoking for centuries. Join us for our annual butchering and curing weekend, where we will be butchering a hog on...

January 15

Have a taste of Lott’s Tavern, accommodations to the Texas Convention of 1836.  Sample common foods served in Texas during the Revolution cooked in a period manner: over an open flame.  Try your hand at making your very own corn pone and enjoy a cup of black coffee cooked from freshly roasted and ground coffee beans.  Contact Kevin Malcolm at kevin.malcolm@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 ext....

January 15

Jan. 15th & 16th, 10a – 4p:  

The Girl’s Own Book (published in 1834) says, “There is no accomplishment of any kind more desirable…than neatness and skill in the use of a needle.” It also claimed that children should learn to sew a shirt before the age of twelve! We invite you to learn the basic stitches and start sewing your own pincushion to take home and finish. All supplies...

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...

January 16

Jan. 15th & 16th, 10a – 4p:  

The Girl’s Own Book (published in 1834) says, “There is no accomplishment of any kind more desirable…than neatness and skill in the use of a needle.” It also claimed that children should learn to sew a shirt before the age of twelve! We invite you to learn the basic stitches and start sewing your own pincushion to take home and finish. All supplies...

January 22

Jan. 22nd & 23rd, 10a – 4p: 

Though the weather is cold outside, there’s still much work to be done indoors repairing and conditioning leather harness for the next plowing season. Join us by the warm fire as we give all of our leather gear a once-over. Grab a brush and learn how to care for leather using a period saddle soap, or take a turn sewing on the stitching horse! Contact...

January 23

Jan. 22nd & 23rd, 10a – 4p: 

Though the weather is cold outside, there’s still much work to be done indoors repairing and conditioning leather harness for the next plowing season. Join us by the warm fire as we give all of our leather gear a once-over. Grab a brush and learn how to care for leather using a period saddle soap, or take a turn sewing on the stitching horse! Contact...

January 29

Jan. 29th & 30th, 10a – 4p:  

Essential to good health, common table salt has been prized for hundreds of centuries. Unlike today, salt was not always so readily available, and colonists and pioneers depended on imports from across the seas. Historically, salt was an integral part of many civilizations. Come to the kitchen and help make brines for food preservation and mordants,...

January 30

Jan. 29th & 30th, 10a – 4p:  

Essential to good health, common table salt has been prized for hundreds of centuries. Unlike today, salt was not always so readily available, and colonists and pioneers depended on imports from across the seas. Historically, salt was an integral part of many civilizations. Come to the kitchen and help make brines for food preservation and mordants,...

February 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 5

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

February 6

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

February 12

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 12

Feb. 12th & 13th, 9a - 2p: 

Sign up to join a cooking workshop on either Saturday (Family Class) or Sunday (Adult Class), to learn how to cook a period seasonal meal. No experience needed, but class fills up quickly! Class will run from  9a-2p and is $45 adult. For the family session it is $45 adult/first child, each additional child is $10. Contact Stephanie Busa to register at ...

February 13

Feb. 12th & 13th, 9a - 2p: 

Sign up to join a cooking workshop on either Saturday (Family Class) or Sunday (Adult Class), to learn how to cook a period seasonal meal. No experience needed, but class fills up quickly! Class will run from  9a-2p and is $45 adult. For the family session it is $45 adult/first child, each additional child is $10. Contact Stephanie Busa to register at ...

February 19

Take a close look at the Texas Convention of 1836 through the eyes of someone who was there: William F. Gray!  Colonel Gray traveled to Texas during the Revolution and was an eyewitness to the Convention held in Washington.  During his travels, he kept a daily diary and his accounts serve as one of the best sources for what when on in the unfinished building now known as Independence Hall. ...

February 19

Feb. 19th & 20th, 10a – 4p: 

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Feb. 4, 1856 - “Water froze inside the house…” Though the house was designed to stay cool in summer, it certainly got cold in winter! Gathering, splitting, and stacking firewood to feed the fires were ongoing tasks during winter. Come join us as we use our team of oxen to drag up logs to split, and help us stack our...

February 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...

February 20

Feb. 19th & 20th, 10a – 4p: 

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Feb. 4, 1856 - “Water froze inside the house…” Though the house was designed to stay cool in summer, it certainly got cold in winter! Gathering, splitting, and stacking firewood to feed the fires were ongoing tasks during winter. Come join us as we use our team of oxen to drag up logs to split, and help us stack our...

February 26

Join us for our annual two-day celebration from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 26th and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 27th 2021 at the expansive 293-acre park grounds and its three incredible attractions: the Star of the Republic Museum (collections and programs honoring history of early Texans); Independence Hall (replica of the site where representatives wrote the Texas...

March 2022

March 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.

...

March 5

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

March 6

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

March 12

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 12

Mar. 12th & 13th, 10a – 4p:   

What games do you play on a rainy day? Victorian Texans had many imaginative games to entertain themselves without Nintendo’s, Wii’s, TVs, or computers. Play in the past and take home some fun ideas from a world without electronics. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

March 13

Mar. 12th & 13th, 10a – 4p:   

What games do you play on a rainy day? Victorian Texans had many imaginative games to entertain themselves without Nintendo’s, Wii’s, TVs, or computers. Play in the past and take home some fun ideas from a world without electronics. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

March 19

The Alamo has fallen!  Santa Anna advances toward Washington!  Take part in the flight of Texans from the advancing Mexican Army known as the Runaway Scrape.  Learn about the emptying of the Town of Washington following the 1836 Convention and the scene at Robinson’s Ferry as Texans flee towards the Sabine and the protection of the United States.  Help load an ox cart and carry common...

March 19

Mar. 19th & 20th, 10a – 4p:  

Turning the fields over after lying fallow is a rite of spring. Livestock trained to work, such as horses, mules, and oxen, played a vital role in the operations of early Texas farms. Whether it was pulling plows, harrowing fields, hauling cotton, or cultivating corn, beasts of burden made light work of sometimes daunting tasks. Join Barrington...

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...

March 20

Mar. 19th & 20th, 10a – 4p:  

Turning the fields over after lying fallow is a rite of spring. Livestock trained to work, such as horses, mules, and oxen, played a vital role in the operations of early Texas farms. Whether it was pulling plows, harrowing fields, hauling cotton, or cultivating corn, beasts of burden made light work of sometimes daunting tasks. Join Barrington...

March 26

Mar. 26th & 27th, 10a – 4p:  

Spring has sprung- and there’s so much to do! Who has time to be sick? Many families had their own special recipes for a Spring Tonic to boost their immune systems for a jump on their spring chores. Learn how families concocted these remedies from their own herbs and other items in their garden and house. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov...

March 27

Mar. 26th & 27th, 10a – 4p:  

Spring has sprung- and there’s so much to do! Who has time to be sick? Many families had their own special recipes for a Spring Tonic to boost their immune systems for a jump on their spring chores. Learn how families concocted these remedies from their own herbs and other items in their garden and house. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov...

April 2022

April 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.

...

April 2

Apr. 2nd & 3rd, 10a – 4p: 

We are following the cotton cultivation methods laid out by the period account of Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped from Washington D.C. in 1841, and enslaved near Holmesville, LA, which is about 280 miles from Barrington. In his book, Twelve Years a Slave (1853), Northup described using a plow to cultivate (turn under the weeds) and hand hoes...

April 3

Apr. 2nd & 3rd, 10a – 4p: 

We are following the cotton cultivation methods laid out by the period account of Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped from Washington D.C. in 1841, and enslaved near Holmesville, LA, which is about 280 miles from Barrington. In his book, Twelve Years a Slave (1853), Northup described using a plow to cultivate (turn under the weeds) and hand hoes...

April 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....

April 9

Apr. 9th & 10th, 10a – 4p: 

Dr. Jones was an enthusiastic reader who enjoyed books and poetry. His library contained more than 1,000 books in 1858. Learn about his favorite authors and opinions of their work. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

April 10

Apr. 9th & 10th, 10a – 4p: 

Dr. Jones was an enthusiastic reader who enjoyed books and poetry. His library contained more than 1,000 books in 1858. Learn about his favorite authors and opinions of their work. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

April 16

Washington is back to work!  Join living historians from across Texas as they portray various historic trades and crafts that were present in the Town of Washington during its heyday.  From tailors and doctors to blacksmiths and carpenters, industry thrives on the banks of the Brazos!  Some of the tradesmen (and women!) may even enlist your help plying their craft.  Contact Kevin Malcolm at...

April 16

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

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...

April 17

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

April 23

Apr. 23rd & 24th, 10a – 4p:  

Where did American music styles originate? How is the banjo connected to West Africa? Hear the answers to these questions as well as period musical instruments as you join us in the Quarter to learn the power of music in the 1850s. Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information. 

April 24

Apr. 23rd & 24th, 10a – 4p:  

Where did American music styles originate? How is the banjo connected to West Africa? Hear the answers to these questions as well as period musical instruments as you join us in the Quarter to learn the power of music in the 1850s. Contact Ben Baumgartner at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information. 

April 30

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

May 2022

May 1

10a-4p

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of...

May 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.

...

May 7

May 7th & 8th, 10a-4p:

Learn what life was like for women in the 1850s. Sewing, cleaning, cooking, and childcare comprise the main elements of the “Domestic Sphere” of nineteenth century women. Areas of responsibility change when explored from the perspective of a mother like Mrs. Jones, or an enslaved woman, like Mary, in the field. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov...

May 8

May 7th & 8th, 10a-4p:

Learn what life was like for women in the 1850s. Sewing, cleaning, cooking, and childcare comprise the main elements of the “Domestic Sphere” of nineteenth century women. Areas of responsibility change when explored from the perspective of a mother like Mrs. Jones, or an enslaved woman, like Mary, in the field. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov...

May 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....

May 14

May 14th & 15th, 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 at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248...

May 14

Celebrate the history of the Bluff Schuetzenverein, a German marksmanship and social organization which once made its home on the grounds of Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill state historic sites. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Bluff Scheutzenverein hosted dances, concerts, picnics and shooting competitions which welcomed people from across Texas. Sites staff and volunteers...

May 15

May 14th & 15th, 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 at ben.baumgartner@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248...

May 21

Ante up and Buck the Tiger!  From monte to cockfights, poker to foot races, Texans loved to spend time (and money!) on issues of chance, luck, and skill. Try your hand at various games of chance that served as entertainment all over the Town of Washington.  See the history of vice brought to life in local establishments like Lott’s Tavern.  Contact Kevin Malcolm at kevin.malcolm@thc.texas.gov...

May 21

May 21st & 22nd, 10a-4p: 

Come and see cooking in the kitchen as we talk about food preservation and pies with spring fruit. Ongoing from 10a-4p. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information. 

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...

May 22

May 21st & 22nd, 10a-4p: 

Come and see cooking in the kitchen as we talk about food preservation and pies with spring fruit. Ongoing from 10a-4p. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information. 

May 28

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

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...

June 2022

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 9

Jun. 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...

June 10

Jun. 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...

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 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 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

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 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 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.

July 2022

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.

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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 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 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 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 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.

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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 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

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.

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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....

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.

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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....

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.

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November 12

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 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.

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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 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 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....

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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