On the edge of the Navasota River, Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, commemorates a place where Confederate Civil War veterans and families reunited from 1889–1946. Today, visitors to Confederate Reunion Grounds experience a combination of cultural and natural heritage. The site includes three primary stories for preservation including the pre-history, post-Civil War Reunion Movement, and early Texas oil boom. Visitors have the opportunity to experience first-hand a Civil War-era cannon with documented history for both Federal and Confederate action, an 1893 Dance Pavilion listed on the National Register, and ruins of structures from the Mexia Oil Boom.
Natural heritage and recreational opportunities include walking trails, picnicking and playground use, Navasota River paddling trail for canoes and kayaks, fishing, birding trail, photography, group camping, historic landscaping, and wildlife. Visitors can combine the cultural and natural heritage during their visit, such as a picnic on the grounds and a walking, self-guided tour of historic ruins and structures on the site. A visitors center is located on site and staff is available to answer questions for visitors who want a more in-depth discussion of the site’s history.