Comets and Quakes


When Nov 16, 2014
from 11:00 AM to 03:45 PM
Where Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Contact Name Adam Arnold
Contact Email
Contact Phone (936) 878-2214 ext. 228

Just like today, the people who settled Texas witnessed natural phenomenon. Comets, storms, quakes and lightning were seen by many as signs or omens, and caused fear and panic to spread through some communities. 

“Halley's Comet was clearly visible and could be seen with the unaided eye from September 23, 1835 until February 18th, 1836.

For centuries people believed that a comet came as a harbinger of disaster. This was certainly the case for those in Bejar in late 1835 and early 1836. Or perhaps the comet's appearance signaled the impending defeat of Santa Anna's army.”

Join us as we look at some of the phenomenon our settlers may have witnessed or heard about, and how they might have reacted. Presentation times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and the program will last approximately 35 to 40 minutes. This program is open to all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress appropriately for the season as the presentation takes place in a period setting.

Held at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 12300 Park Rd. 12, Washington, TX 77880. Accessible for the mobility impaired. Program subject to cancellation.

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