Grab the camera and head for Hempstead's Liendo Plantation this Saturday
Yes, I know. I have the blogHOUSTON posting bug. Many of you may already be familiar with Liendo Plantation, its rich history, and the annual Civil War reenactment weekend held in November. If you haven't been, the short drive from Houston to Hempstead to visit this magnificent home and old plantation can be a great way to spend part of the day.
The house still serves as a private home for the Detering family, and the result of their time, work, money, and love restoring Liendo is evident everywhere. Tours are available only on the first Saturday of every month and begin at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. There's a $7.00 fee; however, seniors, groups, and students only pay $5.00. That's not a bad price for a quick trip to the past, and docents will lead you through the home and pepper their tale-telling with the likes of Sam Houston, sculptress Elisabet Ney, General Custer and more. These volunteers love Liendo and their love for history is evident in their oral storytelling. One heartbreaking story about Elisabet Ney continues to roost in my memory to this day.
This Saturday is the first Saturday in June, so plot your drive out to 38653 Wyatt Chapel Road in Hempstead. (Scroll down this link to see a map.) If you don't make it this weekend or this summer, do pencil one of the November 16-18th days to visit the reenactment.