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TPWD News Release — Jan. 6, 2010

Barrington Living History Farm Celebrates Women’s History Month

WASHINGTON, Texas — Learn how the Lone Star State’s pioneer women lived during a "True Texas Women" presentation at Barrington Living History Farm at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site the last weekend in March.

The special program is being held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 27 and 28 to celebrate Women’s History Month and Texas History Month. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3 for students, and it’s free for Texas State Park Pass holders. Children 6 and under are free. Discount tickets are available to tour the state historic site’s Independence Hall and Star of the Republic Museum.

As men tamed the Texas frontier in the mid-1800s, the women and girls of the family often endured difficult and extreme hardships, but their determination earned them the title of "gentle tamers and sunbonneted helpmates." The ladies of Barrington, using authentic letters and diary entries, will tell the stories of these women’s lives, and a re-enactor portraying one of the more flamboyant and rowdy women of the day, Pamelia Mann, will make an appearance to talk about her life and times.

Visit Barrington Farm on this special weekend and learn the art of making items necessary for day-to-day 19th century living. Try your hand at spinning, crocheting, quilting, tatting, and crafting items that pioneer women would have been proud to display in their homes. See a variety of fashions, jewelry, and cosmetics that were just as essential to early Texas women as they are to women today. Learn about the significant aspects of their lives including courting, marriage, giving birth, motherhood, and mourning customs.

For additional details, call (936) 878-2214, ext. 246. Barrington Farm is located at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site in Washington, Texas, off State Highway 105 between Brenham and Navasota, on FM 1155. Barrington is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.