Visit Early Texas Structures at Fernland Historical Park

The Crane cabin at Fernland Historical Park.

The Crane cabin at Fernland Historical Park.

Located within the heart of downtown Montgomery, Fernland Historical Park is a unique hands-on educational park, bringing samples of early Texas architecture together with examples of early Texas life.

The log homes and cabins presented within the park are some of the oldest remaining structures within Texas.

Background

In 1991, Carroll and Mae Tharp donated the buildings and original site to Sam Houston State University. Due to the remote location of the buildings, it was decided that the buildings should be moved to a more appropriate site so that the public could enjoy the. Hence, through a joint effort the new park was established within the downtown area of Montgomery.

Fernland Historical Park is a project run and managed by Fernland Inc., the city of Montgomery and Sam Houston State University. Fernland Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose sole purpose is to assist the city of Montgomery in relocating historic homes and log cabins to Montgomery to establish a museum and educational center that will improve the lifestyle of the city’s residents, attract tourism and provide educational opportunities for the public.

This map shows the locations of structures in Fernland Historical Park

This map shows the locations of structures in Fernland Historical Park

Confederate Civil War veteran Nickolas Crane built the Crane cabin (shown above) in 1867 in Angelina County. He had  moved to Texas from Alabama in 1848. The walls are pine logs left rounded on the exterior and hand-adzed for a flat smooth finish on the interior walls. It was moved from Angelina to Montgomery County and restored by the Tharps in 1974.

Fernland is in the very early stages. Visit http://www.fernland.org to learn more about Fernland Historical Park.

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Lake Conroe KOA is located a short drive from Fernland Historical Park so plan to stay at our campground while enjoying this historic site.To book your next stay at Lake Conroe KOA, call (800) 562-9750 or call (936) 582-1200 for more information. Visit our website at http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-conroe/.

 

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Montgomery’s Sunshine Farm: A Couple’s Labor of Love

Sunshine Farm logoWant to know how a modern farm can operate? Then check out Sunshine Farm at 5800 Jackson Road the next time you’re in Montgomery. The farm is just a few miles from Lake Conroe KOA.

On the 12 acres Jim and Lisa Jenkins bought about 13 years ago sits their home and what they call a labor of love.

The Courier of Montgomery County reports that the couple owns and operates Sunshine Farm, which features goats, chickens, donkeys, plants and a lot of soap.

Jim, a retired Houston police officer, grew up in the city but has been raising animals for more than 20 years. He helped with his grandparent’s farm and said he always wanted to return to the farming lifestyle.

After the two were married, Lisa quit selling insurance and started building a garden.

Although the farm is not certified organic, the family sells only organic foods and “clean” or natural products such as lotions, fragrances and mosquito repellant.

Beginning in March, on the first Saturday of each month, the farm hosts Farm Days, where the family teaches free workshops about how to grow plants, cleaning your home with natural products and how to raise animals such as chickens.

“The goal of our products is to help people clean up what they put on the outside,” Lisa said. “And what they put on the inside.”

The next Farm Day is May 3. The focal topic will be “Harvesting Techniques and Cooking in the Garden.”

Sunshine Farm is now offering wholesale prices to those with the proper tax ID information.

Farm hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; Sunday by appointment only; closed Monday.

For more information visit http://www.goodcleanlivin.com. Call Lisa at (936) 648-6145 or Jim at (832) 443-5667 or e-mail jenkinssunshinefarm@yahoo.com or sunshinefarm@consolidated.net.

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Lake Conroe KOA is located a short drive from Sunshine Farm so plan to stay at our campground while enjoying this unique operation.To book your next stay at Lake Conroe KOA, call (800) 562-9750 or call (936) 582-1200 for more information. Visit our website at http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-conroe/.

 

 

KOA Care Camps ‘Big Weekend’ May 9-10

Care Camps logoIf you could make a difference in the life of a child with cancer, would you? Would you look for a way to bring them hope and help them heal? Would you find ways where they could feel “normal” again?

At KOA Care Camps, KOA says “yes.” And more importantly, it is doing something about it. Having cancer shouldn’t mean giving up the joys of childhood. That’s why the KOA Campground Owners Association created the Care Camps Trust – to help children who have cancer enjoy carefree time focusing on fun, friends and activities instead of on their illness.

Campers can help out on this project during Care Camps “Big Weekend” May 9-10. Stay as a paying guest Friday, May 9, at Lake Conroe KOA and get Saturday, May 10, for free.

During Care Camps Big Weekend, participating KOAs will offer campers the ability to donate to KOA Care Camps through several special, fun events and activities – or feel free to drop your donation directly into one of the handy collection stations you’ll see in the KOA Camp Stores.

Now in its 11th year, the program has raised more than $5 million to help send children with cancer to KOA Care Camps across North America. These 56 specialized, medically equipped facilities offer a true summer camp experience to children undergoing treatment or recovering from cancer. The KOA Care Camps Trust distributes $500,000 annually to these camps to help send children to the summer camps of their dreams.

KOA’s mission is to allow these amazing children to enjoy the joy, healing and freedom that come from attending specialized summer camps where they can just be themselves. Surrounded by other kids just like them, they swim, go on hikes, sing songs and create memories that help get them through the tough times. They heal physically and emotionally, and hope flourishes.

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To book your next stay at Lake Conroe KOA, call (800) 562-9750 or call (936) 582-1200 for more information. Visit our website at http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-conroe/.

 

 

 

Kidzfest in Downtown Conroe is April 26

Kidzfest logoThe city of Conroe will again sponsor Kidzfest, a free celebration for children of all ages with a day of artistic and cultural entertainment and activities at various downtown venues.

This year’s Kidzfest will be on Saturday, April 24.

The festivities include an Activities Village, inflatables, game booths, water activities, a climbing wall, entertainment and vendor booths.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. and concludes with a Movie in the Park, “Planes,” beginning at 8 p.m.

For more information visit

www.cityofconroe.org/Parks-and-Recreation/special-events/KidzFest.html.

Book Now

Lake Conroe KOA is located a short drive from downtown Conroe so plan to stay at our campground while enjoying Kidzfest.To book your next stay at Lake Conroe KOA, call (800) 562-9750 or call (936) 582-1200 for more information. Visit our website at http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-conroe/.