Beef on the Brazos

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About_BarringtonFarmStep into 1850 as you explore the original home of Dr. Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas. The home is the centerpiece of Barrington Plantation, where the Jones family lived for over a decade, building a successful cotton farm after Texas joined the Union. Today, using Anson’s daybooks and accounts as their guide, costumed interpreters use 1850s methods and materials for planting, cultivating and harvesting the fields and working with livestock. Chores are plentiful on a working farm, so you are welcome to lend a hand if you’d like.

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Public Hours

The farm is currently open Wednesday – Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Admission Fees 

Tickets for the general public may be purchased at the Visitor Center.

Individual Tickets for all sites:

  • Adults: $8.00
  • Students (Age 6-18 and college students): $5.00
  • Children (Age 5 and under): Free
  • Family Pass (Includes 2 adults and 1 student): $20.00
    Each additional student is $1. 
  • Seniors & Veterans: $7.00

Group Tour Tickets: 

  • School Group (per student): $2 per site or $5 for all three sites.
  • Adult Group (per person): $6 for all three sites.

Tour Information

Group tours and education programs are available.  Please call 936 878 2214 for additional information or to book your tour.


Events at Barrington Plantation

Focus Weekend - Pies Aplenty

Focus Weekend - Pies Aplenty – 05/21/2022 - 05/22/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come and see cooking in the kitchen as we talk about food preservation and pies with spring fruit. Ongoing from 10a-4p. Contact Barb King at… Learn More>>

Focus Weekend - Okra, Peanuts, and Potatoes

Focus Weekend - Okra, Peanuts, and Potatoes – 05/28/2022 - 05/29/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The garden kept by those enslaved at Barrington provided diversity to an otherwise bland diet, and more importantly filled the gaps in nutrition. Join us… Learn More>>

Special Program - Chased by Mops and Buckets

Special Program - Chased by Mops and Buckets – 06/04/2022 - 06/05/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Spring cleaning was a yearly ritual that has been obliterated by modern conveniences. Preparing the house for warmer weather, chasing out cobwebs and dirt, scrubbing… Learn More>>

Focus Weekend - The Orchardist

Focus Weekend - The Orchardist – 06/11/2022 - 06/12/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Dr. Jones noted in his journal on July 19, 1846 – “Ripe peaches from my Orchard at Barrington.” Caring for an orchard takes skill and… Learn More>>

Special Program - Gentlemanly Pursuits

Special Program - Gentlemanly Pursuits – 06/18/2022 - 06/19/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Though purchased at the price of others’ freedom, Dr. Anson Jones and his sons enjoyed a variety of gentlemanly pursuits in their leisure time, including… Learn More>>

Focus Weekend - Good Gardening

Focus Weekend - Good Gardening – 06/26/2022 - 06/27/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Keeping gardens weeded, watered, and in good order was considered part of a woman’s daily duty. It contributed to a varied diet and survival in… Learn More>>

Focus Weekend- Summer Sweets

Focus Weekend- Summer Sweets – 07/02/2022 - 07/03/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

We are getting ready for the 4th so we’ll be making some period desserts and talking about picnics like ones Dr. Jones might have attended.… Learn More>>

Focus Weekend - Pulling Fodder

Focus Weekend - Pulling Fodder – 07/09/2022 - 07/10/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Dr. Jones penned in his journal on July 13, 1854 – “Commenced taking corn blade fodder.” Although very few ears of corn were used to… Learn More>>

Focus Weekend - Painting the Perimeter

Focus Weekend - Painting the Perimeter – 07/16/2022 - 07/17/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wear some old clothes and help us paint the fence and kitchen interior with whitewash. A traditional part of yearly cleaning it keeps the Plantation… Learn More>>

Focus Weekend - On Their Own Time

Focus Weekend - On Their Own Time – 07/23/2022 - 07/24/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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… Learn More>>

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