Jackie and Lee Smith at an open house last year at the Lynch-Tweed House in Houston. The home is the county's oldest standing structure.

Houston’s oldest standing structure will be spotlighted Saturday (today, May 20) during activities highlighting its Civil War past. 

The Lynch-Tweed Civil War Home Preservation Society is sponsoring activities 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and planning a candlelight tour beginning at 6 p.m. The Lynch-Tweed house dates back to 1858 and is on South Airport Road near West Highway 17. 

Historians portraying Union and Confederate soldiers will explain and demonstrate daily life during that time period. Encampment and vendor access is free. 

Also planned:

•Drill demonstrations performed, period settlers and traders demonstrating, blacksmith, Texas County Dutch Oven Cookers, hand-made brooms, lye soap, chair seat and basket weaving, hand-carved spoons, music with era-dressed chaplain, Edwin Woolsey.

•Kent Williamson playing Civil War and bluegrass music, period reporter by Rick Mansfield, vendors and food on the grounds. 

In conjunction with the encampment, the society will host a guided candlelight tour at 6 p.m. in the house to raise funds for its restoration. Visitors will experience vignettes of field hospital skits, a chaplain, five stops for historian’s interpretations and an unusual display of wicker and toe-pincher coffins. 

Tickets for the tour are $5, or $2 for children under 12. They will be available at the event, or in advance at Peoples Community Bank, in Cabool, and the Houston Herald office, on Grand Avenue (downtown). 

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