Beasts of Burden; Draft Animals at Work

Demonstrations, activities and discussions will be ongoing throughout the day. Activities are dependent on weather and soil conditions.

When Apr 05, 2014 10:00 AM to
Apr 06, 2014 04:30 PM Every day until Apr 06, 2014
Where Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Contact Name Jon Failor
Contact Email
Contact Phone (936) 878-2214 x246

Livestock trained to work, such as horses, mules, and oxen, played a vital role in the operations of early Texas farms. Whether it was pulling plows, harrowing fields, hauling cotton or cultivating corn, beasts of burden made light work of sometimes daunting tasks.  Join Barrington Living History Farm and the Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association in a unique opportunity to experience draft animals at work.  Various aspects of field preparation using horses, mules and oxen will be demonstrated, with hands-on opportunities at scheduled times.  Activities are dependent on weather and soil conditions. 

“Beasts of Burden; Draft Animals at Work” will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 5th & 6th, at Barrington Living History Farm, home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of the Republic of Texas. It is located within 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 with some portions 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 Jon.

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