San Felipe de Austin to muster 1827-era militia volunteers

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In the 1820s Stephen F. Austin mustered his colony’s militia at San Felipe de Austin to defend his infant settlement.

Now, nearly 200 years later, Austin County citizens are again invited to put on their buckskin jackets, pick up their flintlock rifles and join the ranks of those who wish to keep local history alive through living history programs.

The San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site is hosting an 1827 Militia Muster on Feb. 8-9, 2020. Living history reenactors from around Southeast Texas will be camping, drilling, and firing their flintlock rifles and muskets. San Felipe also has a reproduction of Stephen F. Austin’s cannon that will be used for drills and firing demonstrations.

Site Manager Bryan McAuley said he is grateful for the living history volunteers.

“They provide their own historical clothing and equipment and help bring the stories of San Felipe de Austin to life for its visitors. This generous participation allows the historic site to offer exciting programs that would not be possible with staff alone.”

Militia volunteers also get to participate at other Texas Revolution sites—like the Alamo, San Jacinto, Goliad, and Washington-on-the-Brazos.

San Felipe’s 1827 Militia Muster is designed as an orientation for those interested in joining the volunteer group to experience and interpret Texas history first-hand. Workshop sessions will explore how to acquire the clothing and equipment needed to participate. Military drills will teach infantry and artillery tactics. Primitive camping and campfire cooking of the era will also be discussed and experienced.

Anyone who has ever wished to experience frontier life from 200 years ago, the 1827 Militia Muster is a good opportunity to explore joining the ranks of San Felipe de Austin’s living history volunteers. For more information, email alcalde@villadeaustin.org.

The San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site is located at 220 2nd St., San Felipe. The site is operated by the Texas Historical Commission and is open daily. For more information about the site, go to www.visitsanfelipedeaustin.com. The Friends of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site support operations by providing financial support and by providing volunteer resources.

As the headquarters of Stephen F. Austin’s Colony in Mexican Texas, the historic town of San Felipe de Austin played a pivotal role in the arrival of American settlers and the ultimate march to independence. Serving as a political, economic and social crossroads in early Texas, San Felipe de Austin and its residents have deep connections to the events that took place at each of the prominent Texas Revolution sites.

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