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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Due to repairs on the entrance to the Park, the Park will be closed for approximately one month.  For safety concerns, t...
01/14/2020

Due to repairs on the entrance to the Park, the Park will be closed for approximately one month. For safety concerns, the side foot entrances will also be closed. Open hours will be resumed approximately mid February. We are sorry for the inconvenience!

Which carol to sing? Maybe “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (words by Josef Mohr, composed by F.X. Gruber in 1739) or poss...
12/22/2019

Which carol to sing? Maybe “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (words by Josef Mohr, composed by F.X. Gruber in 1739) or possibly “Silent Night” (words by Charles Wesley, and composed by F. Mendelssohn in 1818)? Many Christmas carols sung in Boonville are still sung today. Other favorites of yore include Jingle Bells (1850s), We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1600s), and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (1650s). Happy caroling!
https://www.historyextra.com/period/victorian/christmas-songs-carols-history-singing/
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/your-musical-self/201112/brief-history-holiday-music-the-1800s-and-the-re-invention-christmas
https://www.history1700s.com/index.php/articles/25-society-and-culture/956-10-christmas-carols-of-the-18th-century.html

A beautiful Giant Leopard Moth, Hypercompe scribonia, rests on a fallen post oak leaf in the park. Notice her iridescent...
10/20/2019

A beautiful Giant Leopard Moth, Hypercompe scribonia, rests on a fallen post oak leaf in the park. Notice her iridescent purple antennae and her black-and-white legs. Her wing tips are starting to look transparent due to the loss of some of her scales indicating that she is aging. Her wings hide her brightly colored iridescent blue-black and orange abdomen in these photos. Giant Leopard Moths live in Texas, Florida, Minnesota, southern Ontario, and everywhere in between.
http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/MISC/MOTHS/Hypercompe_scribonia.htm
https://texasinsects.tamu.edu/great-leopard-moth/

The Lone Star Flag: Red symbolizes courage, blue symbolizes bravery, and white symbolizes purity.Adopted by the 3rd Cong...
10/17/2019

The Lone Star Flag: Red symbolizes courage, blue symbolizes bravery, and white symbolizes purity.

Adopted by the 3rd Congress of Texas and approved by President Mirabeau Lamar in 1839, the Lone Star Flag became the official flag of the Republic of Texas. While it is known that Peter Krag drew the official art, the actual designer is unknown, but could have been Senator William H. Wharton who introduced the bill.
https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/msf01
https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ref/abouttx/flagcode.html
https://lrl.texas.gov/collections/journals/journalsHouse3Con.cfm

There is so much to do this Saturday, October 5th -- both at the Museum and the Park!  Come and join us!
10/04/2019

There is so much to do this Saturday, October 5th -- both at the Museum and the Park! Come and join us!

Boonville Days is almost here! Take a peak at our indoor and outdoor maps to see some of the great things we have in store for you. bit.ly/MapBoonvilleDays Hope you will come join in our October fun. Kids will really enjoy the free pony rides! ❤️

Enjoy the Stampede Race, Oct 5th, then come relax at the Park!  ❤️
10/02/2019

Enjoy the Stampede Race, Oct 5th, then come relax at the Park! ❤️

Come meet our Celebrity Race Starter, Buffalo Bill! This colorful character will regale you with amazing tales about his exploits in the wild, wild, west! Catch up with him in the Buffalo Stampede Race Area, from 7 am to 11 am, Oct 5th! YEE-HAW! 🤠

10/01/2019
Boonville Days - Oct 5th!

Come enjoy Boonville Days on Oct 5th at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History & the Boonville Heritage Park!

We have a fantastic line up of singer songwriters, storytellers, dancers, and more for Boonville Days, Oct 5th! Check ou...
10/01/2019

We have a fantastic line up of singer songwriters, storytellers, dancers, and more for Boonville Days, Oct 5th! Check out our updated performance schedule & locations here: bit.ly/PerformersBD19 It's a free family friendly festival for ALL ages! ❤️

We could use some enthusiastic volunteers at the Boonville Heritage Park and at the Museum on Saturday, Oct 5th!  Sign u...
10/01/2019

We could use some enthusiastic volunteers at the Boonville Heritage Park and at the Museum on Saturday, Oct 5th! Sign up on line Bit.ly/VolunteerBoonville19 or call 979-776-2195 for more information! It is going to be a fabulous day! ❤️

Check out the Stampede Race at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History!  Fun for everyone on Boonville Days, Oct 5th...
09/27/2019

Check out the Stampede Race at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History! Fun for everyone on Boonville Days, Oct 5th! ❤️

We have some fantastic cheer stations lined up this year -- along with the legendary Buffalo Bill who is making a rare appearance. Join us, all you Buffalo guys and gals! Don't miss the fun - register today! bit.ly/BuffaloStampede19

Yumm...don't delay - call 979.776.2195 for your tickets today! ❤️
09/25/2019

Yumm...don't delay - call 979.776.2195 for your tickets today! ❤️

Fabulous chuck wagon cook-off meal tickets are on sale at the Museum for $12. Enjoy amazingly delicious food cooked the cowboy way on Saturday, October 5th from 12-1 pm in the Boonville Days Chuck Wagon area at the Museum! Call for more details 979-776-2195. ❤️

Do you love dulcimer music?  Don't miss the fantastic dulcimer music at the Park in celebration of Boonville Days, Oct 5...
09/24/2019

Do you love dulcimer music? Don't miss the fantastic dulcimer music at the Park in celebration of Boonville Days, Oct 5th. Come enjoy music, storytelling, tours, activities and more! Hop on a shuttle at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History and come visit us.

Visit the Park on Boonville Days, Oct 5th,  before or after you have a delicious Chuck Wagon lunch at the Brazos Center ...
09/11/2019

Visit the Park on Boonville Days, Oct 5th, before or after you have a delicious Chuck Wagon lunch at the Brazos Center Park!! $12 tickets on sale at the Museum! ❤️

Don't miss our annual Boonville Days Chuck Wagon Cookoff, October 5th from 12-1 in the Brazos Center Park area! Tickets on sale now at the Museum; $12 each for a delicious lunch the cowboy way! 979-776-2195. Brazos Valley Museum of Natural HIstory, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, TX❤️

Join us for fun  -- learn about Boonville Days on October 5th! 🎉❤️
09/05/2019

Join us for fun -- learn about Boonville Days on October 5th! 🎉❤️

Join us for our FUN free Launch party, Thursday, September 5th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm! Enjoy delicious refreshments, doorprizes, live music, race registration discounts, free photobooth, and more. Learn all about upcoming Boonville Days Festival on October 5th! 🎉❤️

J Payne Lara cleaning a statue of Harvey Mitchell in the Boonville Heritage Park.J Payne Lara creates fabulous works of ...
08/30/2019

J Payne Lara cleaning a statue of Harvey Mitchell in the Boonville Heritage Park.
J Payne Lara creates fabulous works of art from models and photographs. Look at the detail incorporated in the statue of Harvey Mitchell from an old photograph! Three other of his statues grace the Boonville Heritage Park: Sam Houston, Eli Seale, and Hiram Hanover.
Familiar to locals, “Wilderness Awakened,” the wolves at Wolf Pen Creek in College Station, “Majestic Freedom,” the deer in from of the Bryan Municipal Building in Bryan, Texas, “Rosie the Riveter” and all the many statues in the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial, Veterans Park in College Station, just to name a few, came to life at his hands. Check out his website
http://jpaynelara.com

For most of the 19th-century, almost every county in Texas had a skilled furniture maker known as a “cabinetmaker.” A se...
07/23/2019

For most of the 19th-century, almost every county in Texas had a skilled furniture maker known as a “cabinetmaker.” A separate class of artisan, “chairmakers,” specialized in making only chairs. Typically using hand tools and a foot-powered lathe to shape the wooden frame, the Texan chairmaker often finished the chair with seats of rawhide, sometimes without removing the hair. Referred to as “common chairs” or “cow chairs,” these were found in almost every dwelling.
https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/lpf01
http://www.cah.utexas.edu/pano/tx_furniture/tx_furniture.html
Texas Furniture: The Cabinetmakers and Their Work, 1840-1880, by Lonn Taylor and David B. Warren, University of Texas Press, 1975.

While many people think of early Texas furniture as primitive, many examples of sophisticated pieces exist. This chair w...
06/20/2019

While many people think of early Texas furniture as primitive, many examples of sophisticated pieces exist. This chair was created by C.F.C. Steinhagen around 1880. The carved swan's-head arm rests and the floral and acanthus leaf carving on the crest rail are typical of his artistry. A wheelwright and wagon-maker by trade, Steinhagen only made furniture as gifts for his family.
https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fstjt
https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/lpf01
http://www.cah.utexas.edu/pano/tx_furniture/tx_furniture.html
Texas Furniture, the Cabinetmakers and Their Work, 1840-1880, by L. Taylor and D.B. Warren, University of Texas Press, 1975

What’s blooming now? Yellow flowers known as Bitterweed or Sneezeweed are scattered in the fields around the Turner-Pete...
05/18/2019

What’s blooming now? Yellow flowers known as Bitterweed or Sneezeweed are scattered in the fields around the Turner-Peters house. Legend has it that these flowers sprung up from the earth where Helen of Troy’s tears fell, and so their genus is named Helenium.
https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=HEAM

A slight change in schedule – the park will be open on 27-28 April and not Easter weekend. Please feel free to walk arou...
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! She r...
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 vet...
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

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Boonville Heritage Park

Boonville Heritage Park is the last preserved remnant of the town of Boonville, the original county seat of Brazos County. Occupying 11.29 acres, the park is home to the Turner-Peters log house, an original 1856 structure furnished with 19th century pieces that were typical to the Texas frontier. The park is also the site of the original Boonville cemetery where Harvey Mitchell, “The Father of Brazos County,” is interred.

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Night time image of the cabin at Booneville Heritage Park in Bryan, Texas! 2016
Be sure to check out the Boonville Heritage Park during the holidays. It's an amazing journey through Brazos County history located on the land that was the original County Seat of Brazos County.