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Butchering and Curing

January 10 & 11, 2015

*Please remember that this program is WEATHER DEPENDENT. If the weather is not cold enough to ensure safe processing of the meat, the program may be postponed.*

Join us for our annual butchering and curing weekend, where we will be butchering a hog on Saturday and beginning the curing process on Sunday. Butchering livestock was a very necessary way of life in the mid-19th century. Many of the animals raised on the farm were raised for that purpose.

  Butchering & Curing

Pork has been preserved by drying, salting and smoking for centuries. There are different ways of curing, but they all serve the purpose of preserving it to eat later. This program will be ongoing, so if you want to see every step you have to attend the entire event. Steps will not be repeated once the resources have been used up.

“Butchering and Curing” will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 10th & 11th, at Barrington Living History Farm located in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155.

• This program is WEATHER DEPENDENT. Please call if you have questions.
• Program FREE with general admission. Reservations not required.
• Farm Admission prices are: Adult $5.00; Student (age 7 through college) $3.00;
  Children 6 and under – FREE; Texas State Park annual pass holders - FREE.
• Discounted tour tickets for Independence Hall and the Star of the Republic Museum are available.
• Standard hours of operation for the site are from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
• Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather as the event will take place
  in an 1850’s period setting with some portions outdoors.
• Leashed pets allowed in park, but NOT ALLOWED onto farm site.
• Accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext. 246, ask for Bruce or Ben.

 

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Light in the Dark

February 7 & 8, 2015

How do you see at night without electricity?
If you lived more than 150 years ago what would you have to gather, and make yourself, to be able to have light at night?

Seeing in the dark is something we take for granted today, but making your own light is frugal and satisfying. On Barrington farm, the home of the last president of Texas, Anson Jones, they would have been using purchased and homemade candles. The slaves might have used grease lamps, rush lights, or started their fires with flint and steel.

Try your hand at candle dipping, for those six and older, as long as supplies last. Additional farm chores will be ongoing depending on the weather conditions, but you can tour the house, kitchen, barn, and slave quarters in addition to this program.

 

Light in the dark

“A Light in the Dark” will be held Saturday and Sunday, February 7th & 8th, at Barrington Living History Farm, home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of the Republic of Texas. It is located within Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155.

• Program FREE with general admission. Reservations not required.
• Farm Admission prices are: Adult $5.00; Student (age 7 through college) $3.00; Children 6 and under – FREE; Texas State Park annual pass holders - FREE.
• Discounted tour tickets for Independence Hall and the Star of the Republic Museum are available.
• Standard hours of operation for the site are from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
• Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather as the event will take place in an 1850’s period setting with some portions outdoors.
• Some activities are weather dependent.
• Leashed pets allowed in park, but NOT ALLOWED onto farm site.
• Accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext 246, ask for Barb.

 

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Beasts of Burden;
Draft Animals at Work

March 28 & 29, 2015

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.

  Beasts Of Burden

Join Barrington Living History Farm and the Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association in a unique opportunity to experience draft animals at work. Various aspects of field preparation using horses, mules and oxen will be demonstrated, with some hands-on opportunities. Activities are dependent on weather and soil conditions

“Beasts of Burden; Draft Animals at Work” will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 28th & 29th, at Barrington Living History Farm, home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of the Republic of Texas. It is located within Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155.

• This program is WEATHER DEPENDENT. Activities and demonstrations will be ongoing throughout
  the day from 10 am until 4 pm with watering and resting breaks for the animals as needed.
  Please call if you have questions.
• Program FREE with general admission. Reservations not required.
• Farm Admission prices are: Adult $5.00; Student (age 7 through college) $3.00;
  Children 6 and under – FREE; Texas State Park annual pass holders - FREE.
• Discounted tour tickets for Independence Hall and the Star of the Republic Museum are available.
• Standard hours of operation for the site are from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
• Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather as the event will take place
  in an 1850’s period setting with some portions outdoors.
• Leashed pets allowed in park, but NOT ALLOWED onto farm site.
• Accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext. 246, ask for Jessica or Jon.

 

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“Weather Wisdom:
Forecasting in the 19th Century”

March 1, 2014 – February 15, 2015

The Star of the Republic Museum will open a new exhibit in celebration of Texas Independence Day 2014 entitled,
“Weather Wisdom: Forecasting in the 19th Century.”

Included in the exhibit will be an assortment of 19th century scientific instruments used to measure wind velocity, atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity.

 

Weather Wisdom

The 19th century is seen as a transitional period from the use of weather lore, e.g., “when a whirlwind spins to the right, it means dry weather,” to the systematic collection of weather data. The Smithsonian Institution was key in cultivating volunteers to submit weather information, which was then released to newspapers for publication. At the end of the 19th century, the work begun by the Smithsonian had been transferred to the National Weather Service.

“Weather Wisdom” will be on exhibit from March 1, 2014, through February 15, 2015.

Daily museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Star of the Republic Museum, administered by Blinn College,
is located in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, off Highway 105 on F. M. 1155
between Brenham and Navasota.
For more information, call (936) 878-2461 or go to the website: www.starmuseum.org

 

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Living History Saturday
at Independence Hall

Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836.

On the third Saturday of each month staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing bring to life the people and events of Old Washington providing a unique opportunity to discover various aspects of life surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas.

 

The program features activities suited for the entire family.
Try your hand at writing with a quill pen and sign a copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence.
Visit with militia soldiers travelling through town or try your hand at some early Texas games.
Step back in time and discover the spot where Texas became Texas!
(Activities will vary and some are weather dependent)

“Living History Saturday” will be held every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am-4:30pm
at Independence Hall and the Old Washington Townsite.
It is located within Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park
off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155.

• Program is FREE and registration is not required.
• Traditional Independence Hall tours will not be offered on this day.
• Discounted tour tickets for Barrington Farm and the Star of the Republic Museum are available.
• Standard hours of operation for the site are from 10:00 amto 4:30 pm.
• Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather
   as the event will take place outdoors and in a non-climate controlled replica building.
• Leashed pets allowed in park.
• Accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For additional details call Jon Failor (936) 878-2214 ext. 224.

 

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Saving History Thru Art - For the Love of Texas

This coffee table style book, a generous 12” x 18” size, contains a series of spectacular spring landscapes photographed in Washington County, Texas, by noted Smithsonian photographer Timothy Wolcott. Each photograph is accompanied by a personal comment from one of 36 Texas celebrities stating his or her love for the state.

Books may be purchased at the Washington County Visitor Center, 115 West Main Street, in Brenham, or ordered online at www.loveoftexas175.com

 This is a project to honor the 59 individuals who put their lives on hold to declare independence and form the Republic of Texas in March 1836. Proceeds benefit the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association.

 

For The Love Of Texas Book

We offer prints of some of these incredible landscape photographs.
The prints available will be hand-signed by famous Texans, including Presidents and First Ladies,
Governors, sports heroes, authors and other famous Texans.

Watch this space for future book signings and other special events highlighting both the book
and autographed oversize images reproduced on museum paper or canvas.

 

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Visit our monthly Event Calendar to see a graphic calendar of our events.

To read about some of our events you may have missed, see Past Events.

 

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