33rd Annual Pioneer Day Transports Park Visitors Into the Past


Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center brings the past to life with authentically outfitted reenactors, old-fashioned games, interactive experiences, and musical performances during Pioneer Day on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fun kicks off with popular settler-era games and activities in the park’s Redbud Hill Homestead. Visitors are invited to explore the homestead to view live demonstrations in woodworking, blacksmithing, gardening, fire starting, and more. Popular activities include corn grinding, butter churning, weaving and spinning, archery, and children’s crafts. In the Akokisa Village, visitors can hear Native American lore and explore five recreated structures, including a chickee, sweat lodge, and council lodge.

A variety of pioneer-era and Native American food will be available for sampling, including fresh cornbread, yaupon tea, jerky, freshly churned butter, and other outdoor fare. To commemorate the occasion, guests are encouraged to don pioneer-style clothing for photos in a covered wagon.

This unique festival also includes a battle reenactment of the Texian-Mexican Skirmish at 2 p.m. and live musical performances.

The event is free. Guests may purchase souvenirs and concessions for cash only. All proceeds benefit Jones Park.

For more information about the park or any of the activities and programs offered, call 281-446-8588 or visit www.hcp4.net/community/parks/jones.