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Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle
News Release
Friday, May 19, 2017

Heritage Festival Comes to Spring Creek Park

Harris County Precinct 4 invites the community to the Spring Creek Park Heritage Festival featuring music, food, crafts, and battle re-enactments Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine at Spring Creek Park in Tomball.

Located on the site of a former confederate powder mill, African-American cemetery, and Native American campground, the Spring Creek Park Heritage Festival combines all the history of a museum with the outdoor fun of a park.

Guests can view recently uncovered artifacts, witness Civil War battle re-enactments, and tour the historic cemetery along with recreated confederate and union camps. The event will also include archaeology digs, weapons demonstrations with cannon blasts every hour, storytellers, cultural demonstrations, activities, and food trucks.

“Our goal is to highlight the history of this area and make some of our findings available,” said Commissioner R. Jack Cagle. “We want residents to experience the past while witnessing historically accurate battle re-enactments. You won’t get a show like this at a museum.”

Janet Wagner, chair of the Harris County Historical Commission, has worked with archaeologists at Spring Creek Park for the past four years. In that time, Wagner has uncovered artifacts dating back 2,000 years to ancient Native Americans.

“Spring Creek Park is possibly the only park with confirmed archeological finds that show involvement from so many diverse groups of people,” she said. “More recently, the park was used as a Spanish campsite between 1772 and 1818, an early 19th century plantation, a sawmill, an African-American cemetery, a Civil-war era powder mill, and a German farming community.”

Currently, the park contains historical markers memorializing an 1864 Confederate powder mill explosion; the former Spring Creek County’s establishment and dissolution; and Spring Creek Cemetery, the largest African-American cemetery at the time in Harris County.

With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Spring Creek Park is a Harris County Precinct 4 Parks facility located at 15012 Brown Road, Tomball, Texas, 77375. For more information, visit

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