It’s almost time to register for the Pineywoods Living History event held at Salmon Lake State Park! Be sure to mark your calendar and subscribe to receive updates on our living history events so you’ll be the first to know. You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

Event Details

Saturday, January 7, 2023 (We are always the first full weekend after Canton weekend in Texas.)

  • Living History – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. We have a timeline for demonstrations coming soon. Dance Practice at 1:00 pm
  • New Year’s Dance and Social – Light meal and social starts at 6 p.m., followed by the dance.

You can come out just for the day or stay for the New Year’s Ball and Social.

  • Day Pass – Demonstrations during the day include period dancing, blacksmithing, family life, who wore what, mountain men skills and much more. There will be a timeline of sorts ranging from the colonial period to 1865. Demonstrators will have items available for sale and there will be an opportunity to purchase snacks. You can mill around and visit at your own pace as well as follow the schedule for demonstrations scheduled for certain time slots. If you’re only coming out for the day, you will pay at the gate.
  • New Year’s Ball and Social – Come out to the living history during the day and then dress up for our evening ball and enjoy the music and fellowship with us. Light meal is included. If you can only make the Ball and Social that’s fine. There will be a separate ticket for this event. We would love to see you! As you can tell by the pictures below, we love it when you wear period attire but you can dress in modern clothes as well. We will be updating the dress code when we open up registration so you will get a better idea of what to wear to the ball. We are going back to a ball theme for 2023. Last year was more of a dance. This is an event you will need to register for in advance. I do expect tickets to sell out this year.


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. (If you are reenactor/demonstrator in a canvas tent, you will make other arrangements.)

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 website in order to receive email updates about the event.

If you have any questions, you can leave us a comment below or use the Contact Form.

See you in January!

Pictures from Previous Events

Additional Photos available on Facebook

The photo albums on Facebook are public. So, you will not need a FB account to see them.


  1. 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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