Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center celebrated a bygone era on Homestead Heritage Day Feb. 9. The lifestyle of early settlers is recreated through captivating exhibits and demonstrations, including quilting, kitchen gardening and a petting zoo. Wood shop volunteers will offered demonstrations on how to fashion tools, furniture and other items out of wood, while volunteers in the blacksmith shop displayed metal-working skills. The free event brings history alive for children and adults of all ages, with a variety of demonstrations, seldom-seen crafts and games, such as marbles, tabletop nine-pins, intricate metalwork puzzles, a corn cob toss and much more. Since the era spans from the 1830s to the time of the Civil War, professional Civil War re-enactment groups and local volunteers offer a glimpse into the lifestyle associated with the time of the Civil War. Photos: 1) Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, in pioneer attire, welcomed visitors to Jesse H. Jones Park Homestead Heritage Day on Feb. 9. Photos by Trilla Cook 2) Greentree Elementary third grader Emily Cook learned about Native American handmade tools and instruments from park volunteer Gabbie Maldonado during the Jesse H. Jones Park Homestead Heritage Day event on Feb. 9.

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