A scene from last year’s Heritage Festival. This year’s festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Republic of Texas Plaza located at 5117 North Main Street in Baytown.

Take a step back in time at the Baytown Historical Preservation’s Heritage Festival!

The Baytown Historical Preservation Association (BHPA) is celebrating fall with its Heritage Festival (formerly known as the Heritage Scaritage Festival) on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Republic of Texas Plaza located at 5117 North Main Street in Baytown.

Face painting, pumpkin decorating, games, and delicious festival food await the whole family along with tours of the historic 1894 one-room Wooster School and 1910 Brown-McKay Farmhouse.

There will be vendors selling products that will include handmade items such as fall crafts, woodcrafts, wreaths, artwork painted canvas, magnets, coasters, and signs as well as jewelry and Scentsy products to help you get a head start with your holiday shopping.  Resort Vacations, Inc., will also be on hand to assist you with travel information.

Joining the festival is author Twyla Ellis who will be bringing copies of her new mystery novel about the Big Thicket entitled “The House on Camp Ruby Road—Book One of Ghosts of The Big Thicket” which she will gladly personalize for those who would like to purchase a copy. 

If you are looking for a gift relating to Baytown, stop by the BHPA’s booth where they will be selling their 2019 limited edition tree ornaments depicting the Old Baytown Post Office on Market Street and a few of the previous ornaments. They will also have a limited number of ballpoint pens made out of pruned wood from the Texas Avenue Oak Tree and copies of Wanda Orton’s book, “Baytown, the Yesteryears.”

The BHPA will once again be taking orders for their beautiful fragrant holiday evergreens from the Pacific Northwest which will be arriving fresh right after Thanksgiving.

Members of the Texas Army of 1836 and the 1st Texas Naval Squadron will be conducting living history reenactments throughout the day.

The Houston Archeological Society will be there with artifacts from the town site of San Jacinto and archeological journals.

The Bay Area Military Museum will have an exhibit on World War II memorabilia, uniforms, equipment, and tactical items.

In addition to fiber art demonstrations of rug weaving and wool spinning, there will be beekeeping and blacksmithing. The children always have fun in the Indian tipi.

You can also sit a spell and enjoy some old time fiddle and banjo music being played on one of the porches.

The Baytown Historical Preservation Association is a non-profit all volunteer organization which brings awareness of the historical significance of the Baytown community. Their funding comes from grants, membership, fundraisers, and individual donations. Come enjoy this annual event which helps to increase awareness of the BHPA’s efforts of preserving Baytown’s past at its living history museum. Admission is free.

For more information on the festival and the BHPA, call 281-421-2099, email info@baytownhistory.org, or visit their website at www.baytownhistory.org.

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