Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center invites the community to their annual Homestead Heritage Day, Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This free event is open to visitors of all ages, who will enjoy a variety of demonstrations, crafts and games, sample old-fashioned foods, and experience other 19th century activities.
The 1830s Redbud Hill Homestead is an extensive replica of what life was like when this area was still a part of Mexico. Stephen F. Austin brought the first American colonists to live in East Texas and Jones Park constructed the homestead to be as authentic as can be, using early settlers’ methods and tools. The result is a family home in the wilderness, complete
with a log cabin, root cellar, split-rail fence, and kitchen garden. Outbuildings include a corn crib and shed, chicken house, smokehouse, bread oven, a blacksmith shop, and a woodworking shop. Akokisa Indian dwellings behind the homestead recognize Native Americans, the earliest inhabitants of this area.
There will be wagon rides to enjoy, as well as old-fashioned games, heritage music, pioneer lore, and Native American and hands-on crafts. Demonstrations include pioneer construction skills, spinning and weaving, open-fire cooking, survival skills, Civil War drills, and militia re-enactment groups.
Parking is also free. Jones Park is located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble. For more information, call 281-446-8588 or visit hcp4.net/jones.