Houston Archeological Society presents Ghosts on the Mudflats: Artifacts Tell the Story of the lost townsite of San Jacinto
Houston Archeological Society members Linda Gorski and Larry Golden will present a program highlighting significant artifacts recovered from the mudflats on Buffalo Bayou near the long-forgotten 1820s – 1900 Townsite of San Jacinto.
Collected during very low tides caused by “blue northers” in the 1960s by the Larry Golden family of Pasadena, these artifacts give us a unique glimpse of life in Texas before, during and after the Texas revolution. The Townsite adjoined the San Jacinto Battleground and many of the artifacts date to the 1836 period of the Battle. The Townsite was also a gathering place for Texians fleeing during the Runaway Scrape in 1836 as well as the site of an important Civil War armory in the 1860s (converted from the Townsite’s original sawmill).
Among the items in this massive and important collection are coins dating from 1829 to 1900, buttons from Mexican and Texian military uniforms, military buckles, munitions and a number of remarkable clay pipe bowls, including presidential effigy pipes. The ceramics, glassware, bottles, stoneware jugs and children’s marbles and toys show that families lived and thrived there too. The collection of trade beads recovered at the site indicate even earlier occupation – perhaps to French explorers in the 1700s. A large and special exhibit of these artifacts will be on display before and after the presentation.