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Holiday Historic Home Tour Brenham Texas

November 5th, 2011 by Pamela Murski

Christmas Shopping & Brenham Texas Home Tours

Do all your  Christmas shopping at the Mansion and tour  historic homes of architectural note beautifully decorated for Christmas during this  festive holiday weekend in Brenham Texas!  Heritage Belles in Period dress guide guests through historic homes beautifully decorated for the holidays, plus the Trunk Show with holiday shopping from a variety of vendors.  Held annually on the weekend before Thanksgiving……make it your official kickoff of the holiday season and stay at the ranch, the perfect romantic weekend getaway and elopement spot!  Giddings Stone Mansion  979-836-1690

Texas Arts and Romantic Weekend Getaway

October 23rd, 2011 by Pamela Murski

Texas History and Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing  In Texas!

On the weekend of October 29-30, step back into history at Barrington Living History Farm as members of the Houston Area Blacksmiths Association will demonstrate the age old craft of metalworking.  Experience the blaze of the forge fire, the clang of the hammer and anvil. See blazing hot steel formed into beautiful objects to be displayed.

Demonstrations will take place on both days from 10 am – 4:30 pm. “Smithing in Texas” will be held at Barrington Living History Farm, home of Dr. Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas. Admission fees are $5 adults, $3 students, and children under 6 are admitted free. State Park pass holders are admitted free as well.  For details on Smithing in Texas, call 936-878-2214 or visit Birthplace of Texas.

For a great Bed and Breakfast Getaway, stay at the ranch!

Washington On The Brazos State Historic Site

August 22nd, 2011 by Pamela Murski

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Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is located on the original town site of Washington and features three attractions that are open year round – Independence Hall, Star of the Republic Museum and Barrington Living History Farm. The complex is located on FM 1155 between Brenham and Navasota off Hwy. 105, approximately one hour northwest of Houston.  The B&B is just a short, scenic drive west down Hwy 105 toward Brenham.

Texas History in Downtown Brenham

June 21st, 2011 by Pamela Murski

Brenham, Texas is an incredibly historically rich Texas town.  Another untold bit of history is about to unfold and be added to the attractions for visitors and locals alike…….“The story of  Brenham’s cisterns” starts in 1860 when the Washington County Railroad was finished and  is the story that will be told at Toubin Park, another pocket park that will be opened to the public this summer 2011. The groundbreaking ceremony was held recently and the reconstruction has begun!  As only the second railroad in Texas, it was a remarkable feat that turned Brenham into a boom town, almost overnight. This started a chain of extraordinary events, with colorful characters, leading to the cisterns under our streets and buildings, according to Sharon Brass, a Main Street Brenham volunteer who did most of the recent research.  Get ready for another great historic tour opportunity in downtown Brenham!

Brenham History: Antique Carousel

June 10th, 2011 by Pamela Murski

Antique Carousel's Flying Horse, Brenham TX

Just minutes from the ranch, Fireman’s Park carousel begins summer rounds with free rides on Brenham’s historic carousel in Fireman’s Park on Friday June 10, 2011.  The carousel will be open from 6:30-8 p.m. this Friday, June 24, July 8 and 22, and Aug. 12 and 26.

The carousel with its horses and benches have been revolving here for decades, and its history is fascinating, said Dr. Wilfred Dietrich, president of the Washington County Arts Council, which is sponsoring the free rides.

The wooden horses, abandoned in Clay, 20 miles northeast of Brenham were restored and placed at Fireman’s Park.   A 16-sided building built by the WPA and thought to be the one of the few left in Texas, was constructed to the house the horses in 1935.

According to research, wooden carousels date to 1912.   Before electricity, carousels were steam-powered. Carousels are descendants of Old World jousting machines that medieval knights used to practice their sport.   In carousel workshops that began as early as 1867 in Philadelphia, craftsman built the horse with hollow bodies and solid legs and heads that were joined with wooden dowels and glue. The Master Carvers added decorative accents and flourishes.   Some horses had golden manes, inlaid jewels, and patriotic flags and eagles. America’s oldest carousels are called “flying horses” like the Brenham carousel, because the horses hang on metal rods rather than riding on a platform. The oldest Flying Horse Carousel is at the C.W. Park Carousel Museum in Leavenworth, Kansas, the oldest operating merry-go-round in the nation.