Visitors have several options when visiting the historic Varner-Hogg Plantation.
Public Guided Tours
Our site educators and volunteer docents present one-hour thematic tours of the Main House and/or Grounds every Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.* Guided tours are also offered Tuesday through Friday by request (based on staff availability). There are no tours on Sundays. *Saturday tours are subject to cancellation without notice. Please call in advance to confirm.
Both floors of the Main House as well as the Smokehouse and 1920s Kitchen are open for self-guided tours. We suggest allowing additional time for walking the plantation grounds and viewing other areas of interest, including slave quarter and sugar mill ruins, barn, Miss Ima's Cottage, pecan orchards, the governor’s outdoor bathtub, and the Patton family cemetery. Everything on the site is within walking distance. The main road can be followed as a guide; however, many of the site’s places of interest are off the road and require walking on grass and uneven ground. A visitors guide and map is available in the Visitors Center. Visitors are also welcome to simply walk, rest, or picnic on the grounds.
Personal photography with no flash is allowed inside the Main House and Miss Ima's Cottage. If you wish to take professional photographs (including engagement, prom or graduation photos) on the plantation, please see our photography rules and fees (PDF).
ADULTS: Groups of 10 or more adults can arrange for a group tour Tuesday through Saturday by submitting a tour reservation form at least two weeks in advance. The cost is $4 per person for self-guided tours. Guided adult group tours are an additional $2 per person.
SCHOOLS/YOUTH GROUPS: School and youth group tours (self-guided and guided) are available Tuesday through Saturday by submitting a tour reservation form at least two weeks in advance. The entrance fee for self-guided school/youth groups is $1 per student. Groups may request a guided tour of the Main House and/or Grounds for an additional $2 per student. Groups may also choose to participate in our Folkways Program, which provides the opportunity to experience life in the 1800s. The program cost is $3 per student. A combination of tours is also available. Please allow one hour for tours and one hour for Folkways. Large groups (max. 200 students) will require additional time.
The gift shop is located inside the Visitors Center. We carry books on a wide variety of topics, including biographies of Ima Hogg, the Hogg family, and other prominent and local Texans; oil history; Texas flowers; Civil War history in Texas; and children’s books on Texas critters. We also offer an assortment of collectibles with our name and logo.
Accessible parking and restrooms are available on site. The Visitors Center, Miss Ima's Cottage, Smokehouse, Kitchen and Barn are wheelchair accessible. There are several steps to enter the Main House, and the first floor of the house is accessible. Several areas of interest are on grass but may be seen from the road.
Public restrooms are available in the Visitors Center and in the building between the Barn and Miss Ima's Cottage. There is a water fountain next to the accessible/family restroom. Bottled water may be purchased in the Gift Shop. Visitors are welcome to bring food and drinks to enjoy at the site’s picnic tables; however, food and drinks are not allowed in any buildings.
While you're in the area, visit these nearby sites:
- Columbia Historical Museum
- The First Capitol of the Republic of Texas
- Capitol of Texas Park, a walk through the birth of Texas
For additional travel and history information, see the following resources: