Boonville Heritage Park

Boonville Heritage Park Boonville Heritage Park, site of the original town plat of Boonville, Texas and first county seat of Brazos County. [email protected]

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A slight change in schedule – the park will be open on 27-28 April and not Easter weekend. Please feel free to walk ar...
04/17/2019

A slight change in schedule – the park will be open on 27-28 April and not Easter weekend. Please feel free to walk around the park, peak through the windows, and enjoy the wildflowers Easter weekend, and come back the following weekend, 27-28 April, to wander inside the buildings and chat about Boonville history.

Inspired by Wildflowers?  Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at the free Wildflower Day at Boonville Heritage Park, ...
03/23/2019

Inspired by Wildflowers? Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at the free Wildflower Day at Boonville Heritage Park, Saturday, March 23, 10 am - 2 pm! Beautiful flowers, art, and fun in a gorgeous historical setting! Watercolor by Betty Biesler.

Come join us at the Boonville Heritage Park tomorrow! 🌷☺️
03/22/2019

Come join us at the Boonville Heritage Park tomorrow! 🌷☺️

Did you know that if you sit on bluebonnets they will not flower the next year? Come learn about photographing wildflowers as you enjoy their beauty with us tomorrow at Boonville Heritage Park, Saturday, March 23, 10 am - 2 pm. Check us out in the Battalion! 💙🌷http://bit.ly/WildflowerDay

People have admired the wildflowers that grace the area since before the Texas Revolution. In 1822, W.B. DeWees wrote, t...
03/17/2019

People have admired the wildflowers that grace the area since before the Texas Revolution. In 1822, W.B. DeWees wrote, the land “is covered with a carpet of the richest verdure, from the midst of which spring up wild flowers of every hue and shade, rendering the scene one of almost fairy-like beauty.”
Come to the park and enjoy the fields of flowers on Saturday, 23 March, 10-2 for Wildflower Day! The Brazos Valley Museum will provide free art supplies, and experts will be there to help identify flowers and capture their beauty.
Photo by MA Cusimano, 16 March 2019

Join us for a beautiful day on Saturday, March 23rd, 10 am - 2 pm. 🌷
03/14/2019

Join us for a beautiful day on Saturday, March 23rd, 10 am - 2 pm. 🌷

Love to draw or paint? Or just love flowers? Come join Museum staff, artists, naturalists, and more on Saturday, March 23, 10 am - 2 pm for Wildflower Day, a free event at Boonville Heritage Park! Fire Truck Crepes will be on hand for delicious food. Call 979-776-2195 for more information. (painting by Hailey Herrera) 🌷

Wesa Weddington (20 November 1880 – 29 March 1966)It's International Women’s Day and we celebrate Wesa Weddington! S...
03/08/2019

Wesa Weddington (20 November 1880 – 29 March 1966)
It's International Women’s Day and we celebrate Wesa Weddington! She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University in 1901 and a Master’s Degree in 1918 from Columbia University.
Wesa taught Spanish and Latin while at the same time serving as principal of Bryan High School – a highly unusual position of authority for a woman in 1937. She respected her students and colleagues, and she was beloved by them. Her students have remarked that she made learning a pleasure, was compassionate, never raised her voice, and was a great teacher who taught students to think critically and had so much influence for good.
We salute Wesa Weddington!

As one of 59 delegates to the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos, Sam Houston was a member of the assembly t...
03/02/2019

As one of 59 delegates to the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos, Sam Houston was a member of the assembly that supported and approved the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836 – Sam Houston’s 43rd birthday!
Join the celebration at Washington-on-the-Brazos this weekend! 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The spot where “Texas became Texas!”

https://texasalmanac.com/topics/history/documents
https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/mjtce
https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fho73
http://wheretexasbecametexas.org/events/texas-independence-day-celebration-4/

Join us for a wonderful Wildflower Day on March 23rd! 🌷💙
02/15/2019

Join us for a wonderful Wildflower Day on March 23rd! 🌷💙

Did you know that there are over 5,000 species of wildflowers in Texas? Join us on Saturday, March 23 from 10 am to 2 pm for Wildflower Day at Boonville Heritage Park, a unique historical setting to enjoy and learn about local wildflowers.Call 979-776-2195 or email [email protected] for more information! 🌷💙

As you tuck in to your holiday feast this year, consider your fork. Forks came late to the American colonies (18th centu...
12/24/2018

As you tuck in to your holiday feast this year, consider your fork. Forks came late to the American colonies (18th century) and were not in common use until the middle of the 19th century. Before the dinner fork, people generally ate with a knife and a spoon, which replaced the original eating tools – our fingers!
Originally, dinner forks looked like cooking forks, which were around much earlier in our history, and had only two tines. This made it difficult to spear certain foods. The number of tines increased from two to three, and then from three to four between the 17th and 18th centuries.
Happy feasting!

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/a-history-of-western-eating-utensils-from-the-scandalous-fork-to-the-incredible-spork-64593179/
https://www.brown.edu/Departments/Joukowsky_Institute/courses/13things/7497.html
http://www.foodreference.com/html/art-history-fork-729.html

Remember   Honor
12/16/2018

Remember
Honor

The Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held at Aggie Field of Honor this Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. ...
12/12/2018

The Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held at Aggie Field of Honor this Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Remember and honor our country's fallen heroes.
Please note that the Boonville Heritage Park will open after noon this Saturday, after the WAA ceremony. Seven wreaths will be placed in the Boonville Cemetery Saturday afternoon.

https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/14955/overview/?relatedIds=150000

Wreaths Across America’s mission is to Remember, Honor, and Teach. On December 15th, coordinated ceremonies honoring v...
12/02/2018

Wreaths Across America’s mission is to Remember, Honor, and Teach. On December 15th, coordinated ceremonies honoring veterans will take place at over 1400 locations, synchronized with the ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Please join Wreaths Across America at the Aggie Field of Honor, 3800 Raymond Stotzer Pkwy, College Station, TX 77845, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2018 for our local wreath-laying ceremony. If you would like to sponsor a wreath, please see the link below; wreaths sponsored through this link will also support the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. Wreaths must be ordered by December 3, 2018.
https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/158877/Overview/?relatedId=14955&modSw=donate
https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/

Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends! ☺️ 🧡
11/21/2018

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends! ☺️ 🧡

Brand new flags flying in the breeze
10/06/2018

Brand new flags flying in the breeze

Have you wondered exactly where the town of Boonville was located? This image shows the town plat in white superimposed ...
10/04/2018

Have you wondered exactly where the town of Boonville was located? This image shows the town plat in white superimposed over a 2010 aerial photograph. The east-west road towards the top of the image is Boonville Road (FM 158) originally built in 1858. The northwest-southeast road in the left-hand corner is Hwy 6. The center of town is located approximately at the back driveway of the car dealership. The Boonville Heritage Park encompasses all of the ten-acre Lot 1 plus the north corner of Lot 12. The park is the only preserved remnant of the town; in 1936, the Texas Historical Commission placed a centennial marker commemorating the town on Lot 1.

Local historian Henry Mayo discovered the aerial photo in the public archives and created the image.
Reference: Van Bavel, M.L., Birth and Death of Boonville. North Press, Waco, Texas. 1986.

Join us for Boonville Days, celebrating the life and times in Boonville, and learn about our first county seat in Brazos...
09/28/2018

Join us for Boonville Days, celebrating the life and times in Boonville, and learn about our first county seat in Brazos County. Saturday, 13 October, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Reenactors and demonstrators at the Boonville Heritage Park and the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History will bring history to life. The park is the last preserved remnant of the town of Boonville, and shuttles will transport visitors between the park and the museum.

One week before the autumn equinox, the beautiful oxblood lilies (Rhodophiala bifida) once again grace our town. As they...
09/15/2018

One week before the autumn equinox, the beautiful oxblood lilies (Rhodophiala bifida) once again grace our town. As they mark the return of students to school, they are also known as schoolhouse lilies. Peter Henry Oberwetter introduced these bright red lilies from Argentina to Texas over 150 years ago.
https://txmg.org/cbmg/oxblood-lily-2/
https://www.mysanantonio.com/life/article/Three-naturalizing-heirloom-bulbs-are-September-3847989.php
https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/newsletters/hortupdate/2009/sep09/Rainl.html

Save the Date for Boonville Days, Saturday, October 13th! Stampede races,delicious chuck wagon food, music,artisans, dem...
08/31/2018

Save the Date for Boonville Days, Saturday, October 13th! Stampede races,delicious chuck wagon food, music,artisans, demonstrations, free activities for kids at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History and a variety of great activities here at Boonville Heritage Park! There will be a shuttle to take you to the Park from the Museum and back! Don't miss it!

Imagine the magical feeling of seeing a person’s image permanently captured for the first time. In the early 19th cent...
08/30/2018

Imagine the magical feeling of seeing a person’s image permanently captured for the first time. In the early 19th century, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre perfected the daguerreotype, and a new form of preserving history began. Daguerre’s process involved coating a copper plate with silver and exposing it to iodine vapor, thereby making it light sensitive. After exposure to light in the camera, the plate was placed in mercury vapor. The image was preserved by sealing it in a glass-covered case. Notice that as the angle of the light striking the image changes, the dark areas reflect light and the image looks like a negative.
https://www.daguerre.org/page/DagFAQ
http://sharlot.org/archives/photographs/19th/book/chapter_7.html
Lens on the Texas Frontier by Lawrence T. Jones, III, TAMU Press, College Station, 2014

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08/15/2018

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These 19th-century nails from the Turner-Peters log house were made by machine. Notice their rectangular cross-section; ...
08/04/2018

These 19th-century nails from the Turner-Peters log house were made by machine. Notice their rectangular cross-section; machine-made nails were produced by feeding flat sheets of metal through the nail-making mechanism. The photos show two views of the nails – the wedge shape that was cut from the metal sheet and the edge that is a uniform thickness, the thickness of the metal sheet (remember that these are the actual nails that were hammered into the house and are a bit deformed).
For thousands of years prior to the late 1790s and the advent of nail-making machines, blacksmiths hand forged nails with a more or less square cross-section. At the end of the 19th century, a fully automated machine produced wire nails with a circular cross-section – these are the nails we commonly used today.
https://www.realorrepro.com/article/Nails-as-clues-to-age
http://www.glasgowsteelnail.com/nailmaking.htm
http://www.pasttools.org/nails.htm

07/18/2018

Butterflies are limited. Guests may pre-purchase butterflies, each at a cost of $30, by calling the Museum and securing an order by credit card, or by mailing a check to: Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, Butterfly Release, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, TX 77802. Guests may also purchase butterflies the day of the event if any remain available.

The park will open noon to 4:00 P.M. this Saturday, 21 July 2018. Sunday, the park will be open the usual hours, 10:00 A...
07/17/2018
7th Annual Wish Upon a Butterfly | Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History

The park will open noon to 4:00 P.M. this Saturday, 21 July 2018. Sunday, the park will be open the usual hours, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Please stop by and visit!

On Saturday morning before the park opens, please plan to attend the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History's annual Wish Upon a Butterfly event, 9:00 A.M. to noon on the museum grounds in the Brazos Center.
http://www.brazosvalleymuseum.org/events-and-news/news/7th-annual-wish-upon-butterfly

The chisel-edged broad axe like the one pictured here is typically more than twice as large as the knife-edged felling a...
07/08/2018

The chisel-edged broad axe like the one pictured here is typically more than twice as large as the knife-edged felling axe. The felling axe was used first to score and create deep vertical cuts in a log – these are the vertical marks that you see in the last picture. Next, the carpenter would walk backwards down the length of the log, swinging the broad axe and removing the pieces between these vertical cuts. The end product was a square log ready to become part of a log cabin.
To learn more, check out this excellent reference by Eric Sloane. https://www.amazon.com/Museum-Early-American-Tools-Americana/dp/0486425606/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531070284&sr=8-1&keywords=a+museum+of+early+american+tools+eric+sloane

Made of solid iron by blacksmiths since the Middle Ages, irons like these are known as sad irons. In Old English, sæd m...
06/17/2018

Made of solid iron by blacksmiths since the Middle Ages, irons like these are known as sad irons. In Old English, sæd meant weary, but also weighty, or dense. The three-iron holder is a little unusual but quite clever since an iron was only efficient as long as it retained heat, and this holder allowed two irons to be heating while using the third.
https://www.collectorsweekly.com/tools-and-hardware/sad-and-flat-irons
http://www.oldandinteresting.com/antique-irons-smoothers-mangles.aspx
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/sad

How do you make toast when you cook on a hearth? Simply use this handy toaster!
06/03/2018

How do you make toast when you cook on a hearth? Simply use this handy toaster!

Trammel chain hooks like this one were used to change the distance between the pot and the fire, either lowering the ket...
06/02/2018

Trammel chain hooks like this one were used to change the distance between the pot and the fire, either lowering the kettle closer to the fire and increasing the heat or raising the kettle farther from the fire, decreasing the heat. Today, we simply turn the knobs on our stoves!

Wildlife in the park.... pretty.
05/24/2018

Wildlife in the park.... pretty.

This “knock down” or collapsible armoire made of longleaf pine was constructed circa 1870. You need only tap the pro...
05/20/2018

This “knock down” or collapsible armoire made of longleaf pine was constructed circa 1870. You need only tap the proper places in the proper order and the armoire can be taken apart and moved piece by piece. These armoires protected “Sunday Best” clothes under lock and key. The second photo shows the hinged arms with pegs. The key holes are ornamented with bone and the bottom drawer with metal dog-faced pulls.
http://www.country-gallery.com/knockdowns.html

Can you identify this cast iron mark? 8NTThis bean pot is 9 ¼” tall and has a 10” diameter. Notice the ridge that r...
05/06/2018

Can you identify this cast iron mark? 8NT
This bean pot is 9 ¼” tall and has a 10” diameter. Notice the ridge that runs along the bottom and both sides – I think this is a gate mark. According to https://thepan-handler.com/category/cast-iron-identification/, gate marks date the pot as pre 1880’s.
Please share what you know!

KOR second-graders playing and learning with Anna Kellet and Sweet Strings on the Brazos. Happy Day!
04/06/2018

KOR second-graders playing and learning with Anna Kellet and Sweet Strings on the Brazos. Happy Day!

Come visit the park this weekend during our regular hours: Sat and Sun, 10-4. On the third weekend this month, the days ...
04/04/2018

Come visit the park this weekend during our regular hours: Sat and Sun, 10-4. On the third weekend this month, the days will shift to Sunday and Monday, 10-4. Hope to see you soon!

The bluebonnets are blooming, and the students are learning. KOR Education School sixth-graders toured the park today. W...
03/23/2018

The bluebonnets are blooming, and the students are learning. KOR Education School sixth-graders toured the park today. What a beautiful day for a visit!

Thanks to the Brazos County Historical Commissioners who met at the park earlier this month. They are an amazing group o...
03/21/2018

Thanks to the Brazos County Historical Commissioners who met at the park earlier this month. They are an amazing group of dedicated historians working to preserve our history. Check out their website. www.brazoscountyhistory.org

First white iris!
03/03/2018

First white iris!

Celebrate Texas Independence Day!A host of activities will take place at Washington-on-the-Brazos this weekend! Check ou...
02/28/2018
Texas Independence Day Celebration - wheretexasbecametexas.org

Celebrate Texas Independence Day!
A host of activities will take place at Washington-on-the-Brazos this weekend! Check out their website for a schedule of events! http://wheretexasbecametexas.org/events/texas-independence-day-celebration-3/

03/03/2018 - 03/04/2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm - “Texas Independence Day Celebration” is an annual two-day living history celebration to commemorate when 59 delegates bravely met in 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico. After all, there is no better place to celebrate Texa...

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