Bygone Days on the Bosque comes to Stephenville Saturday

Photo courtesy of Stephenville Historical House Museum

Rachel Tuggle

STEPHENVILLE (October 11, 2017)– The Stephenville Historical House Museum will host its annual “Bygone Days on the Bosque” this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Events will include reenactments, demonstrations, a silent auction, vendors and more.

“We will have anything from salsa to birdhouses,” museum employee Dera Jeschae said. “Some have jellies and jams. We have one gentleman that works for us that will do some leatherwork. There will be old-fashioned gunfighters. One woman will have an old-fashioned washing machine.”

The Buttermilk Junction Old-Time String Band will perform as well.

According to a release from the museum, Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution provide color and allows visitors to visit with those who know about our country’s past. This year the old fashion chuck wagon will be back, complete with cooking demonstrations and food cooked on an open fire. Vendors, set up throughout the grounds, will offer artisan and homemade items and goods.

Added this year will be an old-fashioned variety show in the chapel with acts that include poetry readings, vocals by a barbershop quartet, a harpist and much more. Lots of activities are planned for children of all ages, including blacksmithing, branding, corn grinding, rub board washing, two-man sawing and much more. 

A silent auction will be hosted by the directors of the Stephenville Museum. A variety of items will be offered with the proceeds going to help in preservation and conservation of both the buildings and artifacts housed in the thirteen structures on the grounds. All donations are welcomed!


Money raised from the event will go to the maintenance of the museum, which includes the current work going on at the schoolhouse.

“We’ve always got something going on down here,” Jeschae said.

Entrance is free. Both participants and attendees are invited to wear period costumes or just come in comfy clothes. Either way, everyone will experience for one day what it was like to be a pioneer in Erath County, Texas.


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