Texas history came ALIVE! at the Texian Heritage Festival in Montgomery yesterday when visitors were treated to sounds and sights of booming cannons, dramatic Texas Independence battle reenactments, a Texian Army Tent Encampment and Aztec dancers, and oh, so much more!
Fiddles, guitars, cannon fire, and words from television star James Drury, the original “Virginian” of the 1960s and 70s, were among the many sounds thousands of visitors enjoyed as the 2013 Festival proved to be an immediate crowd pleaser by combining Texas history, music, food and fun over the entire day. When the charismatic Western actor James Drury walked onto the stage, visitors were captivated by him — five decades after his incredible nine-year-run on television, he still inspires audiences everywhere he goes!
Educational fun and experiences included Texas Revolutionary battles in stunning accuracy complete with cannon fire and reenactment detail, along with Cowboy poets, period music and more. There were historical activities replicating the Ladies Aid Society, the One Room School, The Fashion Show and the Ladies Tea of the Pioneer Era. Catherine Epps, one of the pioneer women, said “We were thrilled to have such a perfect day and such large and enthusiastic crowds. Thank you so much for providing the venue for us. Kudos to everyone who did so much to make yesterday day happen. You did a marvelous job!”
From everyday Civil War era dresses of Texas women, to the most elaborate of uniforms and antebellum dresses, and dozens of pioneer activities, the Festival pieced together our native history, exploring the daily lives of early settlers on the frontier, capturing a glimpse of the living history and culture of Texas during the 1800s.
Additional attractions included exciting historical reenactments about local events of the Texas revolution in the 1830s complete with cannon fire, horseman skills, and more. In addition, the American Cowboy theme was carried through in other areas with roping lessons provided by members of the Cowboy Church of Montgomery, as well as James Drury.
Festival organizational committee members said the event benefiting Montgomery County Emergency Assistance, Montgomery Historical Society and Fernland Historical Park “exceeded expectations in both attendance and sponsorship dollars.”
We’ve put together a few images from this colorful and exciting Festival in the photo gallery below.