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Special Events

“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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Labor of Thine Hands:
Trades in Early Texas

October 25 & 26, 2014
4:30 pm – 7pm

 

Barrington Farm’s annual blacksmithing program has been expanded to include other trade skills practiced in mid-19th century Texas!

Brick Kiln

Ponder for a moment all of the skills and trades practiced by others that you rely upon daily. Auto mechanics, carpenters, electricians, plumbers just to name a few! Just as you need skilled laborers to live, so too did the farmers of early Texas.

Join us as Barrington Farm presents this expanded program where demonstrators will exhibit some of the many skills needed by our ancestors. Hear the ringing of the blacksmith’s hammer, get your hands dirty as you help mold bricks, discuss 19th century fashion with a tailor or watch a potter turn clay into vessels. Experience history as it comes to life before your eyes!

• 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 Ben or Bruce.

 

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Night at the Star of the Republic Museum

November 1, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The lights will go down and the museum’s exhibits will come to life!
Explore the museum by flashlight—but BEWARE of what’s around the corner!

Discover the history of Texas in a different light! This will be a fun way to learn about Texas history as real live characters step out of the exhibits to tell the story of the Texas Republic!
Come anytime between 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Don’t forget to bring a flashlight!
Adults/$5, Students/$3. Children ages 6 and under are free!

Star of the Republic Museum, administered by Blinn College, is located off Texas Highway 105
between Brenham and Navasota on FM 1155 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.

For information contact Anne McGaugh, 936-878-2461 ext. 237, amcgaugh@blinn.edu
or visit our website www.starmuseum.org

 

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Getting Ready for Winter

November 8, 2014

 

Come join us at Barrington Farm to learn how we grow heirloom vegetables and flowers as they did in the mid19th century.

Learn about companion planting as a natural pesticide, organic farming, and seed saving.

Join Miss Kellie for a discussion on the heirloom varieties we grow here at Barrington. Make a sweet bag and take home a poem full of life lessons.

Getting Ready For Winter

“Getting Ready for Winter” will be held Saturday, November 8th, at Barrington Living History Farm, home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of the Republic of Texas. It is located in 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.
• The 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 Kellie.

 

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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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Christmas on the Brazos
featuring
Barrington’s Candlelight Christmas

December 13, 2014

Start the holiday season by spending the
day at Washington on the Brazos SHS.
From 10 am to 8 pm, modern and historic activities will be staggered throughout the park.

Independence Hall will host
19th century readings from some of our favorite Christmas literature
at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm.

Getting Ready For Winter

The Star of the Republic Museum will host period crafts in the Discovery room from 11 am to 3 pm.

Music and merriment will surround you in the Visitor Center from 2 pm to 6 pm
as merchandise made by Texas artisans is featured in the Washington Emporium gift shop
and local Texas fare is available for sampling and tasting.

Take advantage of a self serve photo opportunity with Santa
who will have miniature horses standing in as his reindeer.

At 5 pm, activities will begin to shift from the Visitor Center to Barrington Living History Farm for the evening event, Candlelight Christmas, which will be held from 5 pm to 8 pm.
The farm will be open from noon until 4 pm for standard tours then will reopen at 5 pm for the Candlelight Christmas event with ticket sales ending at 8 pm. Space is limited so reservations are strongly recommended. Standard site admission fees apply.

The Candlelight Christmas event will feature timed vignettes or glimpses into 1850s festivities through a candlelit tour of Barrington Farm. The event will include live 19th century music and dancing, bonfires and Christmas readings, 1850s Santa Claus, musket firing, cookies and hot cider. Please allow at least one hour to complete the full experience. Groups will enter the site at timed intervals.

When you enter the Candlelight Christmas event expect your senses to be filled with the sights and sounds and maybe even the smells of yesteryear. Wood smoke swirls in the cool, dark December air. Pops and crackles of a distant fire fill the quiet night while its dancing flames cast a warm glow upon a split rail fence and the dewy grass below. As you follow a column of flickering lanterns into the Texas night a flash of light catches your eye and the dark erupts with gunfire and cheers. You have stumbled across a rowdy band of Texian revelers who welcome you into the 1850s. Walk the candlelit paths at Barrington Farm and experience a Texas Christmas in the decade before the Civil War. Learn the origins of some of our favorite holiday traditions as costumed interpreters bring to life the festivities of the season with musket-fire, music, dancing and more! Tour the historic home of the last president of the Republic, Dr. Anson Jones, as the family enjoys their Christmas gathering. Visit the farm’s quarters to hear how the enslaved at Barrington celebrated the season. Sip a hot cup of cider, cozy up to the fire and begin your holiday season with Texas State Parks!

“Christmas on the Brazos featuring Barrington’s Candlelight Christmas” will be held Saturday, December 13th, at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155.

• Due to space limitations, reservations for the evening program are strongly recommended.
  Please email us at Barrington.Farm@tpwd.texas.gov or call 936-878-2214 x246 for reservations.
• Standard site admission fees apply.
• Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather as the event
  will take place in an 1850s period setting with some events outdoors.
• Leashed pets allowed in park, but NOT ALLOWED onto farm site or inside buildings.
• Sites are accessible for the mobility impaired.
• For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext 246, ask for Jessica.

 

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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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