Holiday Events at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site

For those who want to “unplug” from the modern-day holiday madness and experience Texian festivities from the mid-1800s, Washington on the Brazos is the place. In addition to its rich interactive experiences and its steady schedule of living history events held year-round, two holiday events are especially magical: Twilight Firelight and Christmas on the Brazos. Twilight Firelight occurs the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend at Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site; Christmas on the Brazos occurs the second Saturday of December at Washington on the Brazos—and both include frontier festivities, period music, visits with interpreters and candlelit venues (more details below).

In addition, Washington on the Brazos and Fanthorp Inn are open most of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday weekends. Thanksgiving Weekend: Washington on the Brazos (including Star of Republic Museum, Independence Hall and Barrington Living History Farm) and Fanthorp Inn are closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017 for Thanksgiving Day; all reopen on Friday morning, for the weekend except Fanthorp Inn which will reopen Saturday, November 25. Christmas and New Year’s Day: Washington on the Brazos is only closed Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1, 2018; Fanthorp Inn will be closed Monday, December 25. The Star of Republic Museum will close Sunday, December 24 and will reopen January 2, 2018.


November 25, 2017 – Twilight Firelight: 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Fanthorp Inn): Board a replica stagecoach in downtown Anderson and travel back to 1850. Enjoy candlelit tours of historic Fanthorp Inn while visiting with interpreters dressed in period clothing. Tap your feet to the sweet sound of old time music or join in the barn dance. Mule-drawn coach and wagon leave from downtown Anderson, near the courthouse beginning at 4:30 p.m. with last ticket being sold at 7 p.m. Rides run continuously during the event. Last ride departs Fanthorp for downtown Anderson at 8 p.m. Dress appropriately for the season as parts of the event are held outdoors, and the wagons/stagecoaches are open air. The barn and first floor of Fanthorp Inn are accessible. Event tickets are available beginning at 4:30 p.m. the night of the event in downtown Anderson for a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Contact Jon…

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