1702 N. 13th St.
West Columbia, TX 77486
GPS: N29° 9' 45" W95° 38' 27.5"
Generations of Texas history and commerce encapsulate Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, which tells the story of its three owners: Austin colonist Martin Varner, sugarcane mogul Columbus Patton, and Texas Gov. James S. Hogg along with the people - both free and enslaved - who worked to make it successful. This property hosted sugarcane production, rum distilling, and oil drilling as it transitioned through families.
A day to speak the names of nearly 200 former enslaved men, women and children.
A day to lift up our voices in honor of the sacrifice and strength of so many African American forefathers and mothers.
A day for coming together in...
What could be better than enjoying a wonderful storybook on the porches of Varner-Hogg’s Main House and cottages? Join us every first and third Thursday to share a storybook that introduces early readers to history and cultures around the world...
Children and their families can discover the people who lived on Varner-Hogg and the work they did on the plantation. Each month, we’ll discover how landowners, enslaved people, sharecroppers,...
From the Blog
By Angela Pfeiffer, Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site
In honor of spring flowers, this month’s artifact is a set of toilet or cologne bottles once owned by Sam Houston. Donated to Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site by Gen. Houston’s descendants, these two white glass bottles are painted with flowers that surround the gilt...
By Angela Pfeiffer, Varner-Hogg Plantation Curator
Manufactured in Paris, France, by Jean Batiste Dubuc, this mantle clock was produced between 1806 and 1817 as part of a wave of memorabilia memorializing George Washington after his death in 1799. Covered in a type of gilt bronze known as “ormolu,” the clock rests on a rectangular base with bun feet, and is decorated with a centrally...
By Amanda McVay, Varner-Hogg Plantation Educator
Last month, Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site’s pathways were illuminated by twinkling lights and glowing candles as we welcomed visitors to the site for an evening celebration of the season.
In the charmingly decorated barn, guests were entertained by music as they nibbled on delicious cookies and sipped our...