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Focus Weekend – Harness and Tack

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

an. 23rd & 24th: 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 [...]

Focus Weekend – Harness and Tack

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

Jan. 23rd & 24th: 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 [...]

Focus Weekend- Essential Mineral: Salt

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

Jan. 30th & 31st: Essential to good health, common table salt has been prized for hundreds of centuries. Unlike today, salt was not always so readily available, and colonists and pioneers depended on imports from across the seas. Historically, salt was an integral part of many civilizations. Come to the kitchen and learn about brine for food preservation and mordants, [...]

Focus Weekend- Essential Mineral: Salt

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

Jan. 30th & 31st: Essential to good health, common table salt has been prized for hundreds of centuries. Unlike today, salt was not always so readily available, and colonists and pioneers depended on imports from across the seas. Historically, salt was an integral part of many civilizations. Come to the kitchen and learn about brine for food preservation and mordants, [...]

Focus Weekend- Cooking at the Quarters Barrington Plantation State Historic Site

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

Texas Historical Commission   Feb. 6th & 7th: Enslaved men and women at Barrington, 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 [...]

Focus Weekend- Cooking at the Quarters Barrington Plantation State Historic Site

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

Feb. 6th & 7th: Enslaved men and women at Barrington, 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 [...]

Special Program- Hearth Cooking Class Barrington Plantation State Historic Site

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

Texas Historical Commission   Feb.13th & 14th 9a - 2p: Sign up to join a hearth cooking school on either Saturday or Sunday, for a class on how to cook a period seasonal meal. No experience needed, but class fills up quickly! Class will run from 9a-2p, and is $45 per person. Contact Laura Fisher at 936-878-2214 x248     [...]

Special Program- Hearth Cooking Class Barrington Plantation State Historic Site

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

Feb.13th & 14th 9a - 2p: Sign up to join a hearth cooking school on either Saturday or Sunday, for a class on how to cook a period seasonal meal. No experience needed, but class fills up quickly! Class will run from 9a-2p, and is $45 per person. Contact Laura Fisher at 936-878-2214 x248      

Focus Weekend – Logging with Oxen Barrington Plantation State Historic Site

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

Feb. 20th & 21st: 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 [...]

Focus Weekend – Logging with Oxen Barrington Plantation State Historic Site

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

Feb. 20th & 21st: 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 [...]

Focus Weekend – Pins & Needles; Sewing Basics

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

Mar. 6th & 7th: The Girl’s Own Book (published in 1834) says, “There is no accomplishment of any kind more desirable…than neatness and skill in the use of a needle.” It also claimed that children should learn to sew a shirt before the age of twelve! We invite you to learn the basic stitches and start sewing your own pincushion [...]

Focus Weekend – Pins & Needles; Sewing Basics

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

Mar. 6th & 7th: The Girl’s Own Book (published in 1834) says, “There is no accomplishment of any kind more desirable…than neatness and skill in the use of a needle.” It also claimed that children should learn to sew a shirt before the age of twelve! We invite you to learn the basic stitches and start sewing your own pincushion [...]

Special Program – Beasts of Burden

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

March 13th & 14th: Turning the fields over after lying fallow is a rite of spring. 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. Join [...]

Special Program – Beasts of Burden

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

March 13th & 14th: Turning the fields over after lying fallow is a rite of spring. 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. Join [...]

Focus Weekend – Cooking at the Quarters

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

March 20th & 21st: 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 [...]

Focus Weekend – Cooking at the Quarters

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

March 20th & 21st: 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 [...]

Focus Weekend – Plant Thick and Chop Thin

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

Apr. 3rd & 4th: Dr. Jones noted in his journal on April 13, 1854 – “Ridged up balance of cotton ground, planted cotton in the new field.” Cotton is King! Like most settlers in Texas, Dr. Jones did not grow cotton to make homespun clothes, but rather he shipped it out of the country (often England) in exchange for cash [...]

Focus Weekend – Plant Thick and Chop Thin

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

Apr. 3rd & 4th: Dr. Jones noted in his journal on April 13, 1854 – “Ridged up balance of cotton ground, planted cotton in the new field.” Cotton is King! Like most settlers in Texas, Dr. Jones did not grow cotton to make homespun clothes, but rather he shipped it out of the country (often England) in exchange for cash [...]

Focus Weekend – Women’s Work Barrington Plantation State Historic Site

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

April 10th & 11th: Women in the mid-Victorian period were expected to be concerned about and very involved in life around the home. How did their education, for daughters like Sarah Jones, maintain expectations for that lifestyle as they grew up? Discussions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., for more information contact Barb King at 936-878-2214 x.248     

Focus Weekend – Women’s Work Barrington Plantation State Historic Site

Barrington Plantation State Historic Site 12300 Park Rd, Washington

April 10th & 11th: Women in the mid-Victorian period were expected to be concerned about and very involved in life around the home. How did their education, for daughters like Sarah Jones, maintain expectations for that lifestyle as they grew up? Discussions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., for more information contact Barb King at 936-878-2214 x.248