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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Central Texas Rain Floods Confederate Reunion Grounds

The rain in Central Texas has been a blessing for the area's drought-stricken land, but sometimes it can come down too much and too fast. This is the case at Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site, which was pounded with rain the past several days. The site is currently closed, but hopes to be open for Saturday's Limestone Bluffs Paddling Trail launch. The launch will include an official ribbon cutting, canoe demonstrations from Gander Mountain and a maiden voyage down the Navasota River.

At least all of this rain should make for good paddling and a lush setting this summer.

Confederate Reunion Grounds is located 45 miles east of Waco in the Texas Brazos Trail Region.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Civil War History Explodes at Confederate Reunion Grounds

Have you ever felt the reverberations when a live cannon is shot? Do you know the true function of a corset? If not, head out to Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site this weekend and enjoy battle reenactments and other Civil War-era activities. The site hosts its 15th Annual Civil War Living History and Reenactment, April 18-19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $7.50 for a two-day pass (Saturday and Sunday). Admission is free for children under 12. Family-friendly activities include cavalry demonstrations, Civil War-era fashion presentations, vintage base ball, music, a church service and much more. For more information, call 254.472.0959 or visit our web site.

Confederate Reunion Grounds is located 45 miles east of Waco in the Texas Brazos Trail Region.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Reserve your Spot at Magoffin Home's Victorian Tea

Tickets are still available for the Magoffin Home State Historic Site's spring Victorian Tea. Hosted by the Friends of the Magoffin Home and held on the home's lawn, this year's tea is Sunday, May 3. Admission is $20 and includes three courses (savories, breads and sweets) with three different teas. Reserve your spot now because tickets are selling fast. Available tea times are 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The 3:30 p.m. sitting is sold out. For details and to buy tickets, call 915.533.5147.

The Magoffin Home is located in downtown El Paso and part of the Texas Mountain Trail Region.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Friends of San Felipe Transfer J.J. Josey Store Building to the THC

This week, the THC welcomed a new addition to the San Felipe State Historic Site. The Friends of San Felipe State Historic Site donated the historic J.J. Josey Store building to the THC after managing it for more than 40 years. The 1840s building was relocated to the site in the 1970s and served as the site's museum. The THC plans to use the building as an interim visitor center while developing the site. Approximately 40 people took part in the official transfer ceremony and the Friends president noted the importance of partnering with the THC to develop the site into a noteworthy Texas heritage attraction.

San Felipe is located off I-10, approximately 50 miles west of Houston in the Texas Independence Trail Region.