Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site, Mexia

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Confederate Reunion Grounds is a Texas historic site located near Mexia, Limestone County, Texas at the confluence of the Navasota River and Jack's Creek. From 1889–1946, Confederate Civil War veterans and families reunited at the site during late-July or early-August, camping under the giant bur oaks, enjoying speeches, concerts, dances, fellowship and food, and raising funds for families of their fallen comrades.

Today, Confederate Reunion Grounds is operated by the Texas Historical Commission and is open to the public. Historic architectural attractions include the 1893 dance pavilion, entrance marker and iron archway, 1920s pump house, ruins of Miss Mamie Kennedy's “Delight House,” Colonel Humphrey's Arch and Spring, rock and concrete barbecue pits, and rock chimneys, ponds, fountains, cisterns and wells throughout the site. A Civil War-era cannon, “Old Val Verde,” is exhibited beneath the flagpoles at the center of the site near the intersection of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson Avenues. The cannon's history includes action for both Union and Confederate forces.

Picnic areas and walking trails, including a remnant of the brick “Old Coolidge–Reunion Grounds” Road, are available to visitors. Native vegetation and flora at the site provide shelter and home to an abundance of wildlife. The site is locally known for its fishing and also provides a kayak and canoe link to the Fort Parker State Park Lake along the Limestone Bluffs Paddling Trail.
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  • This is a small but beautiful park. There are so many unique details about it and the history you can absorb during your visit is wonderful. 
    This is a small but beautiful park. There are so many unique details about it and the history you can absorb during your visit is wonderful.  more »
  • The Park was clean and had numerous signs to illustrate the historical significance of the park. We paddled to the Reunion Grounds but decided to return instead by car so we could explore the park. 
    The Park was clean and had numerous signs to illustrate the historical significance of the park. We paddled to the Reunion Grounds but decided to return instead by car so we could explore the park.  more »
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  • An interesting slice of history. Turns out their centerpiece Val Verde cannon was captured at battle of Mansfield LA. Close to our home.
  • The covered Pavilion was awesome. Everything was clean, the grounds well maintained. Very nice place to visit.

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