A pair of area historic sites have festive events coming up for anyone who might be looking for a break from the modern-day holiday madness.

Set for next Saturday, November 30th from 4:30 to 7 p.m., the Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site in Anderson will host Twilight Firelight.

Visitors to the inn can look forward to music, dancing, reenactors in period attire, and mule-drawn stagecoach rides. Activities will begin at the Grimes County Courthouse, where they will board a replica stagecoach or wagon for a ride through downtown Anderson to the inn.

No admission is required, but suggested donations of $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under will be accepted. Tickets will be available beginning at 4:30 p.m. near the courthouse parking area, where guests will be taken by stagecoach or wagon to the inn.

Meanwhile, December 6th and 7th, from 4:30 to 8 p.m., the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site will feature Christmas on the Brazos.

Attendees are invited to walk the paths at Barrington Plantation and experience a Texas Christmas in the decade before the civil war. Costumed reenactors will fire musket volleys, and there will be tours of the historic home of the last President of the Republic of Texas, Dr. Anson Jones.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets and parking will be available at the Visitor Center and Gift Shop, where wagon rides will take visitors to the plantation.

Both events will have frontier festivities, visits with interpreters, and candlelit venues.

For more information on upcoming events at Fanthorp Inn or Washington-on-the-Brazos, visit

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