Hide and Tallow; Leather in the 1850s

Demonstrations, activities and discussions will be ongoing throughout the day.

When May 03, 2014 10:00 AM to
May 04, 2014 04:30 PM Every day until May 04, 2014
Where Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Contact Name Ben Baumgartner
Contact Email
Contact Phone (979) 878-2214, x246

Before the Civil War, cattle were more valued for their hides and tallow than they were for their beef. Leather, made from the hides, was a major trade item and could be used in many different ways, from finely made luggage to farm tools. Discover the transformation of rawhide into leather. Make your mark with leather stamping. Try your hand at leather braiding. Hear about teamsters, who used long braided whips to direct their oxen. Learn what made their whips crack at a live whip cracking demonstration. Experience the sights and sounds of leatherworking in mid19th century Texas.

 “Hide and Tallow: Leather in the 1850s” will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd & 4th, at Barrington Living History Farm located in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155. 

  • Program FREE with general admission. Reservations not required. 
  • Farm Admission prices are: Adult $5.00; Student (age 7 through college) $3.00; Children 6 and under – FREE; Texas State Park annual pass holders - FREE.
  • Discounted tour tickets for Independence Hall and the Star of the Republic Museum are available. 
  • Standard hours of operation for the site are from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather as the event will take place in an 1850’s period setting outdoors.
  • Leashed pets allowed in park, but NOT ALLOWED onto farm site.
  • Accessible for the mobility impaired.
  • For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext 246, ask for Ben.

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