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Photo Adventure – Barrington Living History Farm, Texas

Photo Adventure – Barrington Living History Farm, Texas

On our recent trip from Houston to Fort Worth, we took a short detour to the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park.  Known as the birthplace of Texas, it is one of the more important historical sites in the state – but it is often overlooked.  When we arrived, we were surprised to find Barrington Living History farm within the same historical park area.  I didn’t know it existed, but I am really glad we found it.

It is often forgotten that Texas was a slave holding state.  The issue of slavery influenced politicians on all sides during the independence from Mexico, days as a Republic, statehood and during the Civil War when Texas was a part of the Confederacy.  But there are few places within the state where you can really explore the history of African-Americans and slavery in the state.

Because of this, Barrington Living History Farm is even more of a gem.  Originally owned by Anson Jones, the last serving President of the Republic of Texas, Barrington Farm was his family home and farm.  As well as his large extended family, he owned five slaves.

The large family farmhouse on Barrington Farm

While we’d discussed slavery with Claire in the past, it is such a hard concept for a child with a big heart to grasp.  Seeing the large farm house with lots of light and nice furnishings compared with the dark, dank and tiny slave cabin was an eye opening moment for her.

Also, she has been exposed to large scale mechanical farming since she was a baby.  Saying they were  forced to “farm” doesn’t sound that bad.  Seeing the true nature of the work helped her as well.

But despite that heavy lessons that she was able to discover herself, both children (and their parents!) had a great time checking out the farm.  The workers in period clothing were fun to talk to and knew a lot about the farm’s methods.   And the flowers were beautiful!  Definitely worth a stop.

Barrington Living History Farm in Texas

The view from the barn

Barrington Living History Farm Texas

Chicken coop

Barrington Living History Farm

The washing set out to dry

Barrington Living History Farm

Checking out the smokehouse

Resources for the Barrington Living History Farm

More information – The Birthplace of Texas website

Admission:
$5 per adult; $3 per child (7 and up)
or $15.00 per family (2 adults and up to 5 children 7 and up)

Where is Barrington Farm?


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  1. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} 18 September, 2013

    Beautiful photos, especially that blue sky. I didn’t know there was a living history farm at this park. I’ll have to plan a little detour on some future drive between Austin and Houston.

  2. Tonya {The Traveling Praters} 20 September, 2013

    I had no idea that Texas was a slave holding state. I love living history museums- they really allow you to feel as though you’ve time traveled back through time. We visited a site last year where the character we spoke with would only respond to your questions and comments if you phrased them in light of the era. If you mentioned a car or cell phone, etc. he wouldn’t respond to you. Very interesting.

    Love the last photo with the bees on the flowers.

    • Amy Moore 21 September, 2013

      There were people in period dress, but they spoke to the children normally. I don’t think my kids could handle that. Right now Luke can’t fathom that we didn’t have DVR when we were kids – and he figures everyone in the history of man had the internet. I’m not sure what age they fully grasp the historical differences.

  3. Kiera @EasyTravelMom 20 September, 2013

    What a great lesson as sometimes you can still enjoy the sightseeing but walk away with a heavy heart. Love the photos!

    • Amy Moore 21 September, 2013

      Thanks, Kiera! That’s always the best kind of learning, isn’t it?