Hooray!! It’s time to register for the Pineywoods Living History and New Year’s Ball!!

Are you a spectator planning to attend the living history during the day only? You will pay at the gate. All those wanting ball tickets and ALL demonstrators will want to register in advance using the button above. Price goes up January 1st!

Tentative Event Details

Friday, January 5, 2024

  • (Time TBA) “Meet and Greet the Demonstrators” and shop early for the ball. This is a very casual time where you can come out and learn more about our hobby. (You will need to purchase a Day Pass for Friday OR it’s included in your Ball registration.)

Saturday, January 6, 2024

  • Living History – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dance Practice sometime after 1 pm.
  • New Year’s Ball– Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ball starts at 7 p.m. Light finger foods to be served
  • See photos from previous events further down the page

You have choices!

  • Day Pass Only $5
    • Pay at the gate the day of the event
    • Come and see the demonstrations during the day such as camp cooking, dance practice, soldier’s encampment, weapons demonstration, blacksmithing, family life, who wore what, colonial Texas and much more
    • Learn more about history spanning from the colonial period to 1865
    • Shop with our demonstrators and purchase unique items
    • You won’t go hungry after visiting our cafe in the “hotel” on site
    • Mill around and visit at your own pace as well or follow the schedule for demonstrations scheduled between 10 am and 4 pm
  • New Year’s Ball (Select “Purchase your Ticket” for pricing)
    • Includes DAY PASS to come out in your modern clothing and see the demonstrations on Friday afternoon and Saturday
    • Enjoy the living history AND the ball that evening
    • You’re welcome to use the spacious bathhouse to change clothes for the evening (Or better yet, just book a cabin or RV site and stay the weekend)
    • Light finger foods included at the ball
    • Limited capacity so you will want to register as soon as we open registration.
    • Need overnight accomodations? Be sure to contact Salmon Lake Park directly!
    • As you can tell by the pictures below, we love it when you wear period attire to the ball, but you can dress in dressy, modern clothes instead.
  • ALL Demonstrators will want to register for the event in advance. Learn more on this page.


Salmon Lake Park in Grapeland, Texas. This is a wonderful, family friendly environment and perfect for our event. If you need overnight accommodations you will want to make your reservations with the park. (Demonstrators–see your registration page for further details.)

Why Pineywoods Living History?

Coordinating these events each year has become a passion project of mine. Events like this are becoming few and far between. So, as long as I’m able I will do my best to share events like this with you.

The name Pineywoods is fitting as I was raised in the Pineywoods area, mainly East Texas. Plus, this event was born in Palestine, Texas, in January 2013, and consisted of the ball only. Then we moved the event out to Salmon Lake Park in Grapeland, Texas in 2020 in order to add the living history and offer accomodations to out of town guests. So, the upcoming event will be our eleventh! Hard to believe.

What a blessing to be able to give back to our community and share our love of history and this old-fashioned way of socializing and providing learning opportunities. Be sure to Subscribe to our email newsletter in order to receive email updates about the event.

If you have any questions, you can leave us a comment below.

See you in January!

Pineywoods Photo Album

Don’t forget to register!!


  1. We are members of a vintage dance group. Please tell me what dances are done at your ball.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Ashley! I answered this question in the message you sent me. I hope your group is able to make in next year! We would love to have you.

  2. I would like some information on the dress maker who was at this event. I was told she had a Facebook page, and thought maybe I could order something I saw in the “shop.”

    1. Hi Martha! Awesome! Looks like you’re on the email list for updates since you subscribed. I will email you to see if you have any questions.

    1. Hi Martha! We will be updating this page soon. We are working through a few things first to make sure we will be providing accurate information. Looks like we will have a schedule of events to include some dancing during the day as well as different demonstrations as usual. We also plan to have food available for sale this year and will be having a dance in the evening for the demonstrators as well as those guests that would attend in period dress. This will all take place on January 8, 2022. Looks like you have subscribed to updates on Living History events. So, as soon as we have more information available you will receive an email.

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