Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
|Beverly Myers, Linda Roberts,|
& Sheila Fields
|Glynis Gore & Roland Searcy|
|Tom McDonald & Henry Mayo|
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 979-764-3491 or by emailing Anne Boykin, Heritage Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
During the year of 1821 the first of the original three hundred colonists, led by Stephen F. Austin, arrived and began building cabins and growing crops along the Brazos and Navasota Rivers. Texas was still a wild unsettled area open to Indian attacks and constantly in danger of being invaded by small Mexican armies. As more and more settlers began making their homes in Texas, they were finally able to muster together armies of their own aided by volunteers from Tennessee and led by General Sam Houston.
Life in the settlement of Boonville began to thrive and Hiram Hanover, Richard Carter, and John H. Jones laid out plans for a town square of 150 acres with small lots facing a public square and 10-acre lots around these for growing crops or keeping animals, all laid out on a 45-degree angle to the compass. This custom of town planning was to prevent cold northerly winds from blowing through north-south streets, not a bad idea in Texas when a “blue norther” was coming through! Auctions were held to sell the small lots and raise money for the new functioning government and to pay off the $150 per acre of land. This area is located in the pasture to the left of Tom Light Drive on FM 158. Lot 1 never sold and became the Boonville Cemetery.
By 1841 Boonville became the county seat and a log cabin courthouse was build on the public square. This was the first of three Brazos County courthouses. A cedar tree which grew at the site of the courthouse was transplanted to the downtown Bryan courthouse and still grows there today. A jail was also built in Boonville and became known as the worst jail in the Texas Republic because of its impossible escape design and its infestation with fleas! It was referred to as “The Dungeon” and was located at the entrance to Tom Light Drive on FM 158.
Although an outbreak of yellow fever swept through Boonville, taking many citizens who are now buried in the Boonville Cemetery, the town appeared destined for greatness when word of the railroad coming through emerged, but alas, when land was sold by William Joel Bryan for the railroad just two miles west of Boonville the little pioneer town began its decline. Citizens began moving to the new town that became “Bryan.” Some families even disassembled their log cabins and moved them by wagon to rebuild in Bryan. Even Harvey Mitchell encouraged his fellow citizens to leave town and go to Bryan because “that’s where the future is.” By 1866 Boonville was deserted except for an orphanage near the cemetery which eventually was abandoned. Today a lone oak tree is all that stands at the site of the town square in the pasture on Tom Light Drive.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
On July 4, 2011, folks from all over Brazos County and beyond gathered at Bryan’s Heritage Park to celebrate Independence Day. Sponsored by the Brazos Heritage Society, the program for this annual event included a host of patriotic activities.
Some of the activities may be seen in the Smilebox presentation below.
|Additional information about this wonderful event will appear in the Society’s August newsletter.|
Friday, May 27, 2011
25th Anniversary of the Historic District’s 4th of July Celebration
Plan to attend the 25th Anniversary of the Historic District’s 4th of July celebration at Heritage Park at the corner of East 30th Street and Hutchins in Bryan, Texas, on Monday, July 4, 2011, from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.
This event, sponsored by the Brazos Heritage Society, will feature patriotic activities for adults and children of all ages, including live music, a children’s parade, patriotic flag raising, and classic car display.
In addition, there will be a number of booths to visit and a silent auction.
Schedule of Events
9:30 AM Patriotic Music by Proud Country
9:45 AM Flag Raising, Pledge of Allegiance, and Toast to the Flag
10:15 AM Special Presentations
10:30 AM Music by Proud Country Continues
10:30 AM Children’s Parade
11:00 AM Silent Auction Closes
Come join us for an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration.
This past February active members of the Brazos Heritage Society received a letter from the outgoing President Jonathan Smith, expressing concern for the continuation of the Society, as the membership had dwindled to a handful, and it had been very difficult to get volunteers to help with fundraising events. In addition, he indicated he did not want to serve a fourth term as President and hoped someone would step up at the February 26th meeting. If there was insufficient interest, he proposed dissolving the corporation and giving remaining funds to help in the restoration of the historic Queen Theatre on Main Street. This was not what he wanted to do but, at the time, it seemed to be the only alternative.
I am pleased to advise that several members did step up to take responsibility for the Society. Since the election we have held several meetings and there is considerable energy and enthusiasm.
Our current aim is to restore the membership of the Society in order to fulfill our Mission as stated in our Bylaws:
Brazos Heritage Society is dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of Brazos County, specifically to: (1) identify, document and preserve the architecture and historical context of Brazos County, (2) promote the community’s appreciation of its history through advocacy and educational programs, and (3) combat the deterioration of older parts of our community through education, advocacy, and special projects.
We have chosen as our special project for this year, obtaining and placing a historic marker on the Boonville Community site. We will also continue to work on upgrading the Master Plan for Heritage Park.
Our new fiscal year began on March 1, 2011. Found in this newsletter is a membership form. For those of you who have not done so, please fill it out, indicating type of membership you prefer, areas of interest and willingness to serve, and return it to us so we can start rebuilding our Society.
On a closing note, on behalf of the new officers, I want to thank Jonathan for his three years of service as the Society’s President.
We look forward to seeing you all at the Independence Day festivities at Heritage Park on July 4, 2011.
Heritage Park’s First Independence Day Celebration
Tom and Caroline McDonald and their sons, Scott and Don, moved to 611 South Haswell in Bryan, Texas, on April 15, 1986. That year they organized the first 4th of July celebration in the Historic District.
Scott and Don, ages 11 and 9 at the time, delivered circulars throughout the Historic District and adjacent areas. In preparation for the event, Tom and his sons installed a flagpole in their yard at the corner of Haswell and 31st Street.
Approximately 100 people attended this first old fashioned Independence Day celebration, which included Scott and Don posting the flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation by the Reverend Romily Timmins of Bryan’s historic St. Andrews Episcopal Church, and the singing of The Star Spangled Banner, led by the beautiful baritone voice of the now departed Pete Adams.
Following the ceremony there was a children’s parade, with bikes and wagons decorated in red, white, and blue streamers and balloons, and attended by adults dressed in patriotic attire.
This procession circled the block to Heritage Park, where everyone visited and listened to patriotic music on a portable “jam box.”
Hello from the desk of the Treasurer. At the beginning of the fiscal year on March 1, 2011, the Brazos Heritage Society had two certificates of deposit valued at $14,002.62. In addition, the Society’s checking account had a beginning balance of $7,877.98. Since the beginning of the fiscal year the Society has received $785.00 and disbursed $263.27, resulting in an ending checking account balance of $8,399.71 as of April 30, 2011.
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While it is our plan to publish a newsletter on a quarterly basis, all too frequently events may occur that warrant immediate distribution to the Brazos Heritage Society membership. Special news items and features will be posted on our website, which is being regularly updated.
Please visit our website at http://www.brazosheritage.org/ to receive the latest information about the activities of the Society.
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Brazos Heritage Society Membership
The Brazos Heritage Society is “dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of Brazos County” through efforts to: Identify, document, and preserve the architecture and historical context of Brazos County; Promote the community’s appreciation of its history through advocacy and educational programs; and Combat the deterioration of older parts of our community through education, advocacy, and special projects.
Type of Annual Membership
Membership dues and charitable contributions are tax deductible. The Society’s fiscal year begins on March 1. There are four types of membership: Student/Individual - $10.00; Family - $15.00; Business - $75.00; and Heritage - $100.00.
The strength of the Society is through the volunteer efforts of its members. The Society is always looking for individuals who are willing to use their talents to further the mission of the organization.
Service may come in many forms, including: serve as an officer; publicity; work with archives; address envelopes; assist with high tea; research restoration projects; membership development; July 4th celebration activities; assist with children’s tea; docent for Historical Homes Tour; ticket sales; host a social event in your home; volunteer home for custom tour; prepare refreshments for custom tour; make presentations on Brazos County history; fundraising activities; assist with special events.
Please list your name as you want it to appear on the membership roll and on correspondence.
Phone: (Work) ________________ (Home) ________________
Please mail the completed form and your check to:
Brazos Heritage Society
P. O. Box 1776
Bryan, Texas 77806
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Persons wanting a quick history of Brazos County may access this informative publication at: http://www.brazosheritage.org/files/guide-to-historic-brazos-county.pdf.