Barrington Living History Farm is a representation of the farm founded by Dr. Anson Jones, last President of the Republic of Texas.
With Jones' daybook and accounts as their guide, the interpreters at Barrington Living History Farm conduct themselves much as did the earliest residents of the original farmstead, raising cotton, corn, cattle and hogs. Visitors take a step into the lives of Barrington’s earliest residents and participate in daily activities to better understand what life was like over 150 years ago.
Anson Jones called Barrington home from 1845 until his death in 1858. Jones arrived in Texas in 1833, settling first in Brazoria where he practiced medicine and became involved in politics. He actively served the Republic of Texas as a congressman, Minister to the United States, Senator, and Secretary of State. In 1844, at the height of his political career, Dr. Jones became president of the Republic. “Barrington” is named after his birthplace, Great Barrington Massachusetts. The Farm’s occupants included Jones, his wife Mary, their four children, his sister, Mary’s half-siblings, and six slaves.
The Anson Jones Home is an original structure built in 1844, near Washington. It was moved to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site as part of the Texas Centennial Celebration in 1936.
The outbuildings were recreated based on typical Texas architecture of the mid nineteenth century, and information found in Dr. Jones’ diaries and account books. The reconstructed farmstead opened as Barrington Living History Farm in March of 2000. It represents the lifestyle of the Jones family and the slaves who lived and worked here.
You are encouraged to participate in the work of the farm and become a part of the exhibit. Learn about the different Heritage breeds of livestock and help feed the chickens. Help plant or harvest crops as the season and weather permits. See the antique cotton spun, and learn how the cotton grown on Jones’ farm is different than most varieties grown in Texas. Explore the farm and experience the daily lives of those who came before.
Barrington Farm is open daily
from 10 am–4:30 pm
For more information, including holiday closings, visit: Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Barrington Living History Farm admission:
$5 per adult; $3 per child (7 and up)
or $15.00 per family (2 adults and up to 5 children 7 and up)
Admission to all 3 venues -
Barrington, Museum and Independence Hall:
$9 per adult, $6 per child (7 and up)
or $27 per family (2 adults and up to 5 children 7 and up).
Photo: Ed Erwin
“Barrington” is named after Dr. Anson Jones' birthplace, Great Barrington Massachusetts.
The farm’s occupants included Jones, his wife Mary, their four children, his sister, Mary’s half-siblings, and six slaves.