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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

May 2020

Plows & Petticoats: True Texas Woman Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on May 10, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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From an early age, most Victorian women were trained for the worthy profession of caring for a family. Sewing, cleaning, cooking, and childcare comprised the main elements of “The Arts and Mysteries of Housewifery.” Did a woman’s role change when she moved to the rough and tumble frontier of Texas? Hear some stories about the women of the Jones family, and learn what life was like for women in early Texas.

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Plows & Petticoats: True Texas Woman Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

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

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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From an early age, most Victorian women were trained for the worthy profession of caring for a family. Sewing, cleaning, cooking, and childcare comprised the main elements of “The Arts and Mysteries of Housewifery.” Did a woman’s role change when she moved to the rough and tumble frontier of Texas? Hear some stories about the women of the Jones family, and learn what life was like for women in early Texas.

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Ploughing the Weeds Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on May 17, 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 May 14, 1850 - “Finished ploughing and hoeing corn first time.” The crops are short and the weeds are tall, it’s time to cultivate! Come help us clear between the rows of our field crops using our single ox and walk-behind cultivator!

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Ploughing the Weeds Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

May 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on May 17, 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 May 14, 1850 - “Finished ploughing and hoeing corn first time.” The crops are short and the weeds are tall, it’s time to cultivate! Come help us clear between the rows of our field crops using our single ox and walk-behind cultivator!

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Okra, Peanuts, & Potatoes Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on May 31, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Garden kept by those enslaved at Barrington provided diversity to an otherwise bland diet, and more importantly filled the gaps in nutrition. Join us as explore the heirloom varieties growing in the garden by the Quarters and take home a few seeds to start your own garden!

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Okra, Peanuts, & Potatoes Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

May 31 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on May 31, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Garden kept by those enslaved at Barrington provided diversity to an otherwise bland diet, and more importantly filled the gaps in nutrition. Join us as explore the heirloom varieties growing in the garden by the Quarters and take home a few seeds to start your own garden!

Find out more »

June 2020

Chased by Mops and Buckets Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

June 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on June 7, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Spring cleaning is a yearly ritual that modern conveniences have obliterated the need to have. Preparing the house for warmer weather, chasing out cobwebs and dirt, scrubbing walls and floors, is much more laborious than cleaning today. Help wash windows, beat rugs, and wash and wax furniture as needed.

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Chased by Mops and Buckets Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

June 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on June 7, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Spring cleaning is a yearly ritual that modern conveniences have obliterated the need to have. Preparing the house for warmer weather, chasing out cobwebs and dirt, scrubbing walls and floors, is much more laborious than cleaning today. Help wash windows, beat rugs, and wash and wax furniture as needed.

Find out more »

Forgotten Roots Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on June 14, 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 July 19, 1846 – “Ripe peaches from my Orchard at Barrington.” Caring for an orchard takes skill and patience, but it can be highly rewarding! Come help us haul water and cultivate the orchard as you learn about heirloom trees and fruit growing in the 19th century.

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Forgotten Roots Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

June 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on June 14, 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 July 19, 1846 – “Ripe peaches from my Orchard at Barrington.” Caring for an orchard takes skill and patience, but it can be highly rewarding! Come help us haul water and cultivate the orchard as you learn about heirloom trees and fruit growing in the 19th century.

Find out more »

Gentlemanly Pursuits Demonstrations at Washington on the Brazos

June 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on June 21, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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In their leisure time, Dr. Anson Jones and his sons enjoyed a variety of gentlemanly pursuits, including card playing, hunting, and fishing. Join us for a day of recreation and relaxation! Try your luck at cards while sitting in the cool of the dogtrot of the house, or head to the field for a demonstration of the 1850’s method for taking wild game with a muzzleloader shotgun! Games at the house ongoing, historic firearm demonstrations at 11am and 2pm.

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Gentlemanly Pursuits Demonstrations at Washington on the Brazos

June 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on June 21, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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In their leisure time, Dr. Anson Jones and his sons enjoyed a variety of gentlemanly pursuits, including card playing, hunting, and fishing. Join us for a day of recreation and relaxation! Try your luck at cards while sitting in the cool of the dogtrot of the house, or head to the field for a demonstration of the 1850’s method for taking wild game with a muzzleloader shotgun! Games at the house ongoing, historic firearm demonstrations at 11am and 2pm.

Find out more »

July 2020

1850 Independence Day Picnic at Washington on the Brazos

July 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Join us for a 1850s style Independence Day celebration!  Musket firing, toasts and a reading of the Declaration of Independence will commemorate the day.  Bring your own picnic basket, and enjoy al-fresco dining, just like Dr. Jones writes about in his journal.  This is a special program at the farm.

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Pulling Fodder Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on July 12, 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 penned in his journal on July 13, 1854 – “Commenced taking corn blade fodder.” Although very few ears of corn were used to feed livestock, the dried leaves of the corn plants made excellent hay (fodder) that could be fed out to them as needed to supplement foraging. Come pull and make “hands” (bunches) of fodder from our corn crop.

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Pulling Fodder Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

July 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on July 12, 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 penned in his journal on July 13, 1854 – “Commenced taking corn blade fodder.” Although very few ears of corn were used to feed livestock, the dried leaves of the corn plants made excellent hay (fodder) that could be fed out to them as needed to supplement foraging. Come pull and make “hands” (bunches) of fodder from our corn crop.

Find out more »

Kids and Pastimes Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on July 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 like to play? Young Texans wouldn’t get much free time in the nineteenth century, but it wasn’t all work and no play for farming families. Come play with us and learn some games kids would have enjoyed at Barrington Farm in 1850.

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Kids and Pastimes Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

July 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on July 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 like to play? Young Texans wouldn’t get much free time in the nineteenth century, but it wasn’t all work and no play for farming families. Come play with us and learn some games kids would have enjoyed at Barrington Farm in 1850.

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On Their Own Time Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

July 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on July 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 free time for those enslaved at Barrington was typically limited to Sundays and occasional holidays, time off provided an opportunity to rest and enjoy a variety of games, music, and entertainment. Come learn how Jerry, Mary, or Willis might have spent their time off. Make and take a clay marble home with you!

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On Their Own Time Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

July 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on July 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 free time for those enslaved at Barrington was typically limited to Sundays and occasional holidays, time off provided an opportunity to rest and enjoy a variety of games, music, and entertainment. Come learn how Jerry, Mary, or Willis might have spent their time off. Make and take a clay marble home with you!

Find out more »

August 2020

School Time Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

August 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on August 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Fancy learning 1850’s style? You can mind your manners and your ABC’s down on the Farm for a period school lesson, while getting ready to head back for your upcoming school year!

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School Time Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

August 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on August 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Fancy learning 1850’s style? You can mind your manners and your ABC’s down on the Farm for a period school lesson, while getting ready to head back for your upcoming school year!

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Farmers Nooning Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

August 8 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on August 9, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Taking a break, or “nooning,” in the heat of the day helped 19th century farmers renew their energy on a long day in the blazing Texas sun! A little rest, food, water, and shade goes a long way. Pack a lunch and join us under the cottonwood trees by the crop fields as we take a break from our labors and recover so that we can finish out the day strong!

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Farmers Nooning Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

August 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on August 9, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Taking a break, or “nooning,” in the heat of the day helped 19th century farmers renew their energy on a long day in the blazing Texas sun! A little rest, food, water, and shade goes a long way. Pack a lunch and join us under the cottonwood trees by the crop fields as we take a break from our labors and recover so that we can finish out the day strong!

Find out more »

Keeping Cool in the Texas Heat Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

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

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Come stay cool with us in the heat of summer and discover what early Texans did to stay cool. Without modern A.C. you might be surprised at how comfortable you can be in a Texas summer.

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Keeping Cool in the Texas Heat Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

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

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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Come stay cool with us in the heat of summer and discover what early Texans did to stay cool. Without modern A.C. you might be surprised at how comfortable you can be in a Texas summer.

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Chaff in the Wind Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

August 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on August 23, 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 Aug. 4, 1847 – “Thrashed out rye”.  Now that our grain crop has been harvested, it’s time to thresh and winnow it to separate seed from stalk. Come help us make our harvest ready to be ground into flour.

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Chaff in the Wind Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

August 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on August 23, 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 Aug. 4, 1847 – “Thrashed out rye”.  Now that our grain crop has been harvested, it’s time to thresh and winnow it to separate seed from stalk. Come help us make our harvest ready to be ground into flour.

Find out more »

Traveling in Texas Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

August 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on August 30, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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There are 1,774 miles between Anson Jones’ hometown in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and where he lived in Washington Texas. How on earth did he get there? Long distance travelers in 19th century America have quite a commute! Stop by the farm and see how folks like Dr. Jones embarked on their travels through Texas.

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Traveling in Texas Demonstration at Washington on the Brazos

August 30 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on August 30, 2020 at 10:00 am

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12
Washington, TX 77880 United States
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There are 1,774 miles between Anson Jones’ hometown in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and where he lived in Washington Texas. How on earth did he get there? Long distance travelers in 19th century America have quite a commute! Stop by the farm and see how folks like Dr. Jones embarked on their travels through Texas.

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