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Christmas on the Brazos
featuring
Barrington’s Candlelight Christmas

December 13, 2014

The historic Christmas traditions of Texas in the 1800s will transport visitors into the past at the day-long Christmas on the Brazos celebration at the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site—the very spot Where Texas Became Texas.

Getting Ready For Winter

Free and low-cost holiday activities for all ages include period music, craft making, readings, food samplings and sale of artisan gifts, culminating in the park’s popular Candlelight Christmas event at the Barrington Living History Farm featuring vignettes of Texian frontier festivities with music, musket firing, dancing and a candlelit tour of the farm.

Many holiday activities occur throughout the day at the historic site, including:

• Independence Hall: Christmas stories will be read in the Hall by staff in period clothing
  at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.

• The Star of the Republic Museum will host “make-and-take” period crafts in its Discovery Room
  from 11am to 3pm (regular admission fees; no charge for the crafts); museum open from 10am to 5pm

• The site’s Visitor Center will be open from 10am–6pm and will offer music,
  merchandise made by Texas artisans and samplings of local Texas fare.  
  In a nod to the 21st century, a Christmas tree and Santa Claus will be there for photo opps (all free).

• Barrington Living History Farm will be open from noon until 4pm and then will close for one hour
  to prepare for its Candlelight Christmas event that starts at 5pm and lasts until 9pm
  (with the last tour leaving at 8pm)

Candlelight Christmas at the Barrington Farm welcomes its guests into the 1850s against the backdrop of a star-filled night sky. The evening includes a tour of the historic home of the last president of the Republic of Texas, Dr. Anson Jones, as interpreters recreate how that family would have enjoyed Christmas, including an 1850s Santa. The slave quarters will also be decorated in typical style for the 1850s. Each tour culminates in a barn dance where visitors are welcome to join in.

The Candlelight Christmas evening event consists of guided tours for small groups that each last approximately an hour, with tours leaving every 15 minutes starting at 5pm; last tour leaves at 8pm.

• Advance reservations are strongly recommended at Barrington.Farm@tpwd.texas.gov
  or call 936-878-2214, ext. 246.
• Regular admission fees will apply.
• Visitors should dress appropriately for the weather and uneven walking surfaces since the event
  will take place throughout the farm.
• Visitors are welcome to bring food and drink into the park, but no glass bottles
  or alcoholic beverages are allowed.
• As always, parking is free.
• Leashed pets are allowed in park, but are NOT allowed onto farm site or inside buildings.
• Sites are accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext 246.
• The park grounds open at 8am and close at 10pm

For lodging information, please contact the Brenham Visitor Center at www.visitbrenhamtexas.com
or 1-888-BRENHAM, or the City of Navasota at 936-825-7055 or www.navasotatx.gov

 

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Twilight Firelight: A Period Gathering
at Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site

November 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 7pm

 

Looking for something to do with the family after Thanksgiving?
Why not travel back in time and discover the 1850s at Fanthorp Inn!
Twilight Firelight brings the old stagecoach inn to life where visitors enjoy the ambiance of the candlelit inn, period music, dancing, mule-drawn stagecoach rides and reenactors clad in period attire.

Fanthrop inn.

Inns like Henry Fanthorp’s were places where news from far away was spread, ideas were exchanged and communities developed. Activities begin at the Grimes county courthouse in Anderson where visitors board a replica stagecoach or wagon for a ride down Main Street to Fanthorp Inn. Upon arrival visitors will step off the coach and into 1850 as the soft glow of a candle flickers in the parlor window and the sound of fiddle fills the air. The atmosphere of the inn and living history personalities brings the holiday season to life. So take a break from the hectic holiday pace and re-focus on your family and friends at Fanthorp Inn’s Twilight Firelight celebration!

• Texas Parks and Wildlife presents Fanthorp Inn to you without admission fees but with a suggested donation
  of Adults -$10.00 and Students (12 and under) $5.00.
• No reservations are required.
• Tickets will be available beginning at 4:30 pm the day of the event near the Courthouse parking area
  where the stagecoach and/or wagon rides to the Inn will begin.
• The Inn will be open from 4:30 pm until 8:00 pm, but tickets will only be available until 7:00 pm
  to allow ticket holders ample time to travel from the Courthouse to the Inn by wagon or stagecoach,
  enjoy the festivities at the Inn, and then travel back to the Courthouse.
• Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather
  as the event will take place in a period setting with some portions outdoors.
• The program will be held in Anderson, Texas which is located in Grimes County off Highway 90
  about 10 miles east of Texas Hwy 6 in Navasota.
• The first floor is accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For more information please call 936-878-2214.

 

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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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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.

 

“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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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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