The Old Velasco/Surfside Beach Historical Committee is a non-profit group in Brazoria County whose purpose is to inform the public of the historical significance of southern Brazoria County in the roots of Texas history.
One of this group’s current projects is to build a replica of Fort Velasco at Surfside Beach (formerly called “Velasco”). The original site was near the present location of Surfside Beach Village Hall on Monument Drive.
The Brazoria Historical Militia will establish an 1830s encampment and cannon training school with a historical demonstration at Jetty Park at Surfside Beach as a celebration of Texas Navy Day (annually designated as the third Saturday in September). There will be historical speakers, booths set up by historical groups, demonstrations, and a cannon night firing exercise. This year, this event will occur on September 19.
In connection with this event, the Old Velasco/Surfside Beach Historical Committee has arranged for space for a few vendors at Village Hall (adjacent to Jetty Park) and will also be giving tours of the Old Velasco Surfside Beach Museum located in Village Hall. The two locations are within walking distance, but free shuttle service will be provided.
Fort Velasco: Thunder on the Brazos
We shall hold a fundraising dinner on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Stahlman Park in Surfside Beach. We shall display items that vendors donate during this dinner and offer them as door prizes or as items in a silent auction during the dinner.
All proceeds of the dinner and the events of the Navy Day activities will go towards the construction of the replica of the Old Fort Velasco, which is planned to be placed near Village Hall. More information on this project is available at here.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to help renovate the “Fort Velasco Barracks.” This building will eventually be part of the reconstructed fort and will act temporarily as the fort’s Visitor and Welcoming Center. To register, please click here or call Dortha Pekar at 979-417-3233.