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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Varner-Hogg Unveils New Visitors Center

By Sue Miller, Varner-Hogg Plantation site manager

Last month, staff at Varner-Hogg Plantation welcomed friends and guests to the opening of our newly renovated Visitor and Programming Center. Many of our supporters, friends, and neighbors came to see the building and celebrate with us. Donna Williams, Historic Sites Division Director, joined Bill Ghant of Rep. Dennis Bonnen’s office, Gloria Milsap from Sen. Joan Huffman’s office, and Site Manager Sue Miller in cutting the red ribbon.

Guests toured the building room by room, as staff members answered questions. Many admired our new museum-quality track lighting in the gift shop and exhibition room. Others thought our new offices gave staff a great working environment. After the tours, visitors were treated to cake, coffee, and punch in the new programming area, provided by our Friends and Volunteers group. Even our cake celebrated Texas and the great stories we tell here at the plantation! 

Varner-Hogg Plantation is just one of the many historic sites with new spaces and updated facilities that assist in educating the public about Texas history. We’re excited about the new opportunities this space provides us and we look forward to new programming, lectures, and workshops in the coming months.

Many thanks to THC architect Glenn Reed and project manager Ellen Colfax for all their hard work on this project.

Make a visit to Varner-Hogg Plantation this spring and enjoy all we have to offer. The plantation is located approximately 60 miles south of Houston and is part of the Texas Independence Trail Region.

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