New for this year’s Juneteenth Celebration in Galveston County is the Historic Mainland Bus Tour. Flyer
Participants (limited to 47) will be transported by air-conditioned, charter buses to two remarkable mainland sites - Stringfellow Orchards and the 1867 Settlement. Guides will welcome visitors to each site and give a history of the property.
Stringfellow Orchards- Tour Stop 1
Mr. Stringfellow was a retired confederate soldier who settled in the area during reconstruction. He planted many fruit and nut trees and hired the local freemen to work as day laborers. His willingness to pay twice the wage of local farmers allowed his workers to purchase land and improve the quality of their lives. Come roam the orchard and this beautiful home. Visitors will also view the Juneteenth Parade passing by the Orchard on Highway 6.
1867 Settlement -Tour Stop 2
During reconstruction, former slaves founded a community called "The Settlement” platted by Judge Jones for purchase by freemen. Some of the settlers were cattlemen, driving cattle for the Butler ranch. Many of the settlers were able to purchase land because of their work at Stringfellows Orchard. Tour some of the remaining structure and sit in the shade, enjoy and light lunch and sip lemonade while you hear the stories.
Tour Schedule-June 16, 2012-9AM to 1PM Only
9:00 AM Depart from Old Central Cultural Center at 27th Street and Ave. M, Galveston, TX, 77550
9:25 AM Arrive at Stringfellow Orchards and view the Juneteenth Parade passing by the Orchard
11:00 AM Arrive at the 1867 Settlement for tour and light lunch
12:30 AM Depart for Galveston
1:00 PM Arrive at Old Central Cultural Center and the African-American Museum Festival!
The cost is $10/participant. To make reservations, please call Vera Bell-Gary at (409) 935-5219.
Tour stops buildings and restrooms are not ADA handicapped accessible. If you prefer to not ride the tour bus, please call ahead to make a reservation. Pets are not allowed.
Sponsored by Moody National Bank