Saturday June 8th: Bassett Farms Conservancy Open House & Historical Marker Dedication

On Saturday, June 8, 2019, Preservation Texas invites you to Bassett Farms Conservancy, located in Falls and Limestone counties near Kosse, Texas.  The grounds open at 1:00 pm, and at 2:00 pm we will be dedicating our Texas Historical Marker at the 1875 Bassett House.  Visitors will also have an opportunity to tour the farmstead and participate in a conservation workshop.

There is no cost to attend, however, donations of any amount will be encouraged to support our long-term preservation and education efforts at the Conservancy.  We are especially grateful for the support and enthusiasm of our friends at the Limestone County Historical Commission and the Falls County Historical Commission who will be joining us at the farm!

The expansive lawn of the Bassett house will be the setting for our Texas historical marker dedication.

The event will include an “open house” showcasing the unrestored historic Bassett House (first floor), period outbuildings (dairy, bunk house and cotton seed shed), the Conservancy office and library, the farmhouse grounds as well as selected artifacts and UT Austin School of Architecture studio projects focused on the Conservancy.  Before you go, watch a short video about Bassett Farms Conservancy here.

Cake and ice cream will be served.  Cold drinks will also be available.

At 3:00 pm, the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) Texas Chapter will host a workshop led by architectural conservator and APT Texas Vice-President Izabella Nuckels.  The workshop, Preserving Metal Hardware 101, will use historic Bassett House doors and hardware to demonstrate how to:

  • Identify types of metal hardware
  • Identify patinas or plating
  • Safely remove metal hardware when it’s rusted
  • Clean metal hardware with brushes, solvents and dealing with lead paint
  • Properly store metal hardware

Visit our Facebook event page for updates.  

June 8, 2019 Schedule:

10:00 AM – Kosse Homecoming parade in downtown Kosse (3 miles away)
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Community lunch at the 1912 Kosse Community Center (200 Adams St.) in downtown Kosse
1:00PM – Bassett Farmstead Grounds Open for Self-guided Tour
2:00PM – Dedication of Bassett House Historical Marker
2:30PM – Bassett House Open for Tours (1st floor)
3:00PM – APT Texas Chapter Conservation Workshop
4:30 PM – Grounds close

About Bassett Farms Conservancy:
The 2,400-acre Bassett Farms Conservancy is the property of Preservation Texas, a gift of the late Willie Ford (Bassett) Sparkman.  Preservation Texas is developing the historic farm and ranch, established in 1871 at the headwaters of the Little Brazos River east of Marlin, Texas as what will be the largest preservation and conservation skills training center in the country.  The 2-story brick Bassett House (1875), thought to be the oldest brick house in Limestone County, was built by Henry Bassett and has been the center of farm and ranch life at Bassett Farms for nearly 150 years.  The Bassett House has been designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.  For a video about Bassett Farms Conservancy, click this link.

The north bank of Home Place Pond, formerly a stock tank, affords a view of the farmstead.

Pricing:
General Admission is FREE. All visitors will be required to sign a liability waiver.

Location:
Bassett Farms Conservancy’s physical address is 1343 LCR 667, Kosse, Texas 76653 (on Google Maps it is 1343 LCR 666, but we have been working to get it corrected as LCR 666 was recently renumbered as LCR 667).  Look for the blue “Preservation Texas Event” directional signs on Highway 7 near the farm.  The farm is a 2-hour drive from Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth; about 2.5 hours from Houston; and just over 3 hours from San Antonio.

From the WEST through Marlin: From the Marlin intersection of Texas 6 and Texas 7 — Travel 10 miles east on Texas 7 toward Kosse. Turn left on CR 243.  Continue for 2.7 miles and bear right onto LCR 667.  The Bassett House will be on the left after you cross the Bassett Branch, parking will be on the right across from the house.

From the NORTH through Mexia/Groesbeck: Take Texas 14 south to the four-way stop sign in Kosse. Turn right on Highway 7 heading west toward Marlin. Turn right onto LCR 667 just past the Camp Kosse RV Park (about 0.4 miles from the intersection). Continue for about 2.8 miles; the Bassett House will be on the right and parking will be on the left across from the house.

From the SOUTH through Calvert/Bremond: Take U.S. 6 north from Calvert, bear right onto Texas 14 toward Bremond. Continue through Bremond to the four-way stop sign in Kosse. Turn left on Highway 7 heading west toward Marlin. Turn right onto LCR 667 just past the Camp Kosse RV Park (about 0.4 miles from the intersection). Continue for about 2.8 miles; the Bassett House will be on the right and parking will be on the left across from the house.

From the EAST through Marquez: Take Texas 7 west toward Kosse. Continue west through the four-way stop sign in Kosse and turn right onto LCR 667 just past the Camp Kosse RV Park (about 0.4 miles from the intersection). Continue for about 2.8 miles; the Bassett House will be on the right and parking will be on the left across from the house.

This is a rural landscape and please note that once you leave Highway 7, the roads are unpaved gravel surfaces.  Drive carefully, particularly near blind corners.  Watch for wildlife.

Parking:
On-site parking will be provided in a field across from the Bassett House.

Attire:
This is a casual event, and the weather may be warm, so dress accordingly.  There is no air conditioning in the Bassett House or in the Barn. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and plenty of sunscreen.  The house is unrestored and the grounds are in a natural state with minimal improvements.

Photography:
Bring your camera!  On Instagram we are @preservationtexas and @bfc1871 — use the #BassettFarms hashtag for your images. And while Bassett Farms is photogenic, any commercial uses of photographs taken at Bassett Farms Conservancy are prohibited without the prior express written consent of Preservation Texas.  Aerial drones are prohibited.

Seating:
Bring a blanket or some folding chairs for the marker dedication in the front lawn.  Enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn or eat at one of the tables in our pole barn.

Smoking and Alcohol:
Smoking is prohibited except in the parking area.  Cigarettes are to be disposed of properly and shall not left on the ground. Alcohol at this event is prohibited.

Questions?
Call us at 512-472-0102.