Barn Raising

On Saturday, November 25, we will auction off a historic barn frame by sealed bid to the highest bidder, with all proceeds going to The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture.

Bids may be submitted anytime prior to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 25, after which time all bids will be opened and the winner announced. All bids and inquiries may be directed to Kevin Durkin, care of Heritage Restorations, 257 Fort Graham Road, Waco, TX—or call (254) 744-4148. Bids may be submitted at the fair or via e-mail to During the fair, for information about the barn frame or the bidding, please ask for Kevin Durkin or Caleb Tittley at the barn-raising area.

Friday & Saturday—The raising of a barn frame

Come over to the barn-raising site by the herb garden area and see the way early homesteaders handcrafted barns from logs felled from the virgin forest using a broadax, adz and handsaw. On Friday and Saturday we’ll assemble and raise the wall beams of an eighteenth-century barn.



Historic Buildings Tour

On Friday and Saturday afternoons, join us at 4:30 for a walking tour of seven restored buildings at Brazos de Dios. Over the years, we have moved these eighteenth- and nineteenth-century buildings from various parts of the United States and rebuilt them at our farm, not out of a desire to live in the past, but to preserve the good things of the past for the present and the future.