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Barrington Plantation State Historic Site

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23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
936-878-2214 www.WhereTexasBecameTexas.org

September 2019

Color to Dye For

September 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on September 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Though in the 1850’s brightly colored and beautifully patterned cloth was readily imported from the mills of England, time in the Texas sun would take its toll. Discover how the Jones family and those enslaved at Barrington could easily refresh their faded clothing using dyes made with natural items from near and far. Demonstrations ongoing throughout the day.

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Changing of the Seasons

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on September 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Fall is here! It’s time to clean the house and ready it for the cooler months of the year. Take part in the action as we air out mattresses, sweep floors, chase out the cobwebs, and roll out the parlor rug. Hands-on projects and demonstrations ongoing throughout the day.

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Changing of the Seasons

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on September 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Fall is here! It’s time to clean the house and ready it for the cooler months of the year. Take part in the action as we air out mattresses, sweep floors, chase out the cobwebs, and roll out the parlor rug. Hands-on projects and demonstrations ongoing throughout the day.

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Chinking and Daubing

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Patching the chinking and daubing between the logs of the slave cabins to keep the elements out would be a seasonal task for those enslaved at Barrington. Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with us as we mix the clay daub and put it up on the walls of the cabin!

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October 2019

White Gold: Cotton in Texas

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 6, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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When Dr. Anson Jones and his family lived at Barrington in the 1850’s, cotton was the main cash crop. During that time the majority of the cotton crop would have been sent to England for processing, and the family would have purchased finished bolts of cloth for their personal use. Though the industrial revolution and economies of scale may have been taking hold, most families were familiar with the steps needed to process raw cotton into cloth. To this day,…

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White Gold: Cotton in Texas

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 6, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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When Dr. Anson Jones and his family lived at Barrington in the 1850’s, cotton was the main cash crop. During that time the majority of the cotton crop would have been sent to England for processing, and the family would have purchased finished bolts of cloth for their personal use. Though the industrial revolution and economies of scale may have been taking hold, most families were familiar with the steps needed to process raw cotton into cloth. To this day,…

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19th Century Medicine

October 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on November 16, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on November 17, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Before becoming president, Anson Jones made his fortune as a doctor. At a time when medicine was more art than science, what would a visit to the doctor be like? Come take a peek behind the curtain with us at Barrington as we uncover the tricks and tools of the trade.

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19th Century Medicine

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on November 16, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on November 17, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Before becoming president, Anson Jones made his fortune as a doctor. At a time when medicine was more art than science, what would a visit to the doctor be like? Come take a peek behind the curtain with us at Barrington as we uncover the tricks and tools of the trade.

Find out more »

The Humble Calabash

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 20, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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The calabash, or gourd, was readily seen in many 19th century gardens and found many uses among enslaved people. Join us as we explore the background of the calabash, and take part in making items for use around the Quarters. Take home seeds to grow your own heirloom variety gourds!

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The Humble Calabash

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 20, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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The calabash, or gourd, was readily seen in many 19th century gardens and found many uses among enslaved people. Join us as we explore the background of the calabash, and take part in making items for use around the Quarters. Take home seeds to grow your own heirloom variety gourds!

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Morning Ablutions

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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What’s your morning routine look like? See how the Jones family at Barrington prepared to face the day and maybe clean yourself up a little bit along the way. Our family’s morning ritual probably isn’t that much different!

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Morning Ablutions

October 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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What’s your morning routine look like? See how the Jones family at Barrington prepared to face the day and maybe clean yourself up a little bit along the way. Our family’s morning ritual probably isn’t that much different!

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November 2019

Holiday Foods at Home

November 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on November 3, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on December 21, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on December 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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What special foods do you enjoy at the holidays? Like you, the Jones family hosted visitors and enjoyed a varied diet full of exotic treats to mark the season. We’ll be making a few of these foods this weekend and talking about many others. Discussions and kitchen activities ongoing.

Find out more »

Holiday Foods at Home

November 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on November 3, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on December 21, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on December 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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What special foods do you enjoy at the holidays? Like you, the Jones family hosted visitors and enjoyed a varied diet full of exotic treats to mark the season. We’ll be making a few of these foods this weekend and talking about many others. Discussions and kitchen activities ongoing.

Find out more »

Labour of Thine Hands: Trades in Early Texas

November 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on November 10, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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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 at Barrington 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, see a tailor…

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Labour of Thine Hands: Trades in Early Texas

November 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on November 10, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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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 at Barrington 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, see a tailor…

Find out more »

19th Century Medicine

November 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on November 16, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on November 17, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Before becoming president, Anson Jones made his fortune as a doctor. At a time when medicine was more art than science, what would a visit to the doctor be like? Come take a peek behind the curtain with us at Barrington as we uncover the tricks and tools of the trade.

Find out more »

19th Century Medicine

November 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on November 16, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on November 17, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Before becoming president, Anson Jones made his fortune as a doctor. At a time when medicine was more art than science, what would a visit to the doctor be like? Come take a peek behind the curtain with us at Barrington as we uncover the tricks and tools of the trade.

Find out more »

Turning Up and Going Fallow

November 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on November 24, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Dr. Jones penned in his journal on Nov. 16, 1846 – “Recommenced breaking up the strip of prairie on the east side of field…” As the crop growing season wanes and the fields go fallow, we’ll turn over the fields once more before winter sets in. Come see our strong oxen at work, and try your hand at walking behind a plow!

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Turning Up and Going Fallow

November 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on November 24, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Dr. Jones penned in his journal on Nov. 16, 1846 – “Recommenced breaking up the strip of prairie on the east side of field…” As the crop growing season wanes and the fields go fallow, we’ll turn over the fields once more before winter sets in. Come see our strong oxen at work, and try your hand at walking behind a plow!

Find out more »

December 2019

Candlelight Christmas on the Brazos

December 6 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on December 7, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Walk the candlelit paths at Barrington Plantation and experience a Texas Christmas in the decade before the Civil War. Discover 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 plantation quarters to hear how those enslaved at Barrington celebrated the…

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Candlelight Christmas on the Brazos

December 7 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on December 7, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Walk the candlelit paths at Barrington Plantation and experience a Texas Christmas in the decade before the Civil War. Discover 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 plantation quarters to hear how those enslaved at Barrington celebrated the…

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Cooking at the Quarters

December 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on December 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on February 1, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on February 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of enslaved foodways using period ingredients and methods!

Find out more »

Cooking at the Quarters

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on December 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on February 1, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on February 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
+ Google Map

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of enslaved foodways using period ingredients and methods!

Find out more »

Holiday Foods at Home

December 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on November 3, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on December 21, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on December 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
+ Google Map

What special foods do you enjoy at the holidays? Like you, the Jones family hosted visitors and enjoyed a varied diet full of exotic treats to mark the season. We’ll be making a few of these foods this weekend and talking about many others. Discussions and kitchen activities ongoing.

Find out more »

Holiday Foods at Home

December 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on November 3, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on December 21, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on December 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
+ Google Map

What special foods do you enjoy at the holidays? Like you, the Jones family hosted visitors and enjoyed a varied diet full of exotic treats to mark the season. We’ll be making a few of these foods this weekend and talking about many others. Discussions and kitchen activities ongoing.

Find out more »

Horse High, Bull Strong, and Hog Tight

December 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on December 29, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Dec. 29, 1847 – “Hired Mr. Bowen… Sent Him with two hands to Cedar Brake to make rails.” With the main crop fields turned fallow, now is the time to repair and restack fencing around the farm. Come help us clear and build up our fences so that they’ll be ready to defend the new crop in spring!

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Horse High, Bull Strong, and Hog Tight

December 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on December 29, 2019 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Dec. 29, 1847 – “Hired Mr. Bowen… Sent Him with two hands to Cedar Brake to make rails.” With the main crop fields turned fallow, now is the time to repair and restack fencing around the farm. Come help us clear and build up our fences so that they’ll be ready to defend the new crop in spring!

Find out more »

January 2020

Winter Blues

January 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on January 5, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Mental health treatment looked very different in the 1850’s than current recommendations. We know Dr. Jones suffered from low spirits throughout his life and found it difficult to treat with medicine and advice available to him at the time. Listen to discussions about interventions for mental health maladies ongoing throughout the day.

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Winter Blues

January 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on January 5, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Mental health treatment looked very different in the 1850’s than current recommendations. We know Dr. Jones suffered from low spirits throughout his life and found it difficult to treat with medicine and advice available to him at the time. Listen to discussions about interventions for mental health maladies ongoing throughout the day.

Find out more »

Butchering & Curing

January 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on January 12, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States

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. 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 to eat later. 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. This…

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Butchering & Curing

January 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on January 12, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States

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. 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 to eat later. 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. This…

Find out more »

Parlor Games

January 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on January 19, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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What games do you play on a rainy day? Victorian Texans had many imaginative games to entertain themselves without Nintendo’s, Wii’s, TVs, or computers. Come play with the past and get some fun ideas from a world without electronics.

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Parlor Games

January 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on January 19, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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What games do you play on a rainy day? Victorian Texans had many imaginative games to entertain themselves without Nintendo’s, Wii’s, TVs, or computers. Come play with the past and get some fun ideas from a world without electronics.

Find out more »

Harness & Tack

January 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on January 26, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Though the weather is cold outside, there’s still much work to be done indoors repairing and conditioning leather harness for the next plowing season. Join us by the warm fire as we give all of our leather gear a once-over. Grab a brush and learn how to care for leather using a period saddle soap, or take a turn sewing on the stitching horse!

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Harness & Tack

January 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on January 26, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Though the weather is cold outside, there’s still much work to be done indoors repairing and conditioning leather harness for the next plowing season. Join us by the warm fire as we give all of our leather gear a once-over. Grab a brush and learn how to care for leather using a period saddle soap, or take a turn sewing on the stitching horse!

Find out more »

February 2020

Cooking at the Quarters

February 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on December 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on February 1, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on February 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
+ Google Map

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of enslaved foodways using period ingredients and methods!

Find out more »

Cooking at the Quarters

February 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on December 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on February 1, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on February 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
+ Google Map

Enslaved men and women, such as Jerry, Mary, Willis, and Jake, were an integral part of the full story of Barrington. Cooking a hot meal after a hard day of work was a daily routine and typically included their ration of cured pork and cornmeal supplemented with seasonal vegetables from their garden. Come join us as we demonstrate cooking a traditional meal in the style of enslaved foodways using period ingredients and methods!

Find out more »

Adult Cooking School

February 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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One event on February 9, 2020 at 9:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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$30

Sign up to join a hearth cooking school on either Saturday or Sunday, for a lesson on how to cook a period seasonal meal. No experience needed, but class fills up quickly! Class will run from 9am-2pm, and is $30 per person.

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Adult Cooking School

February 9, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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One event on February 9, 2020 at 9:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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$30

Sign up to join a hearth cooking school on either Saturday or Sunday, for a lesson on how to cook a period seasonal meal. No experience needed, but class fills up quickly! Class will run from 9am-2pm, and is $30 per person.

Find out more »

Logging with Oxen

February 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on February 16, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Feb. 4, 1856 – “Water froze inside the house…” Though the house was designed to stay cool in summer, it certainly got cold in winter! Gathering, splitting, and stacking firewood to feed the fires were ongoing tasks during winter. Come join us as we use our team of oxen to drag up logs to split and help us stack our firewood piles around the farm. You may even warm yourself in the process.

Find out more »

Logging with Oxen

February 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on February 16, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Dr. Jones noted in his journal on Feb. 4, 1856 – “Water froze inside the house…” Though the house was designed to stay cool in summer, it certainly got cold in winter! Gathering, splitting, and stacking firewood to feed the fires were ongoing tasks during winter. Come join us as we use our team of oxen to drag up logs to split and help us stack our firewood piles around the farm. You may even warm yourself in the process.

Find out more »
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