Camp Life: Laundry

A woman's hand rubs a cloth against a washboard in a tub filled with soapy water.

Clothes have always gotten dirty, especially for an army on the move! Before mechanical washing machines were invented, women relied on scrubbing their family’s clothes against a washboard to clean them, then hanging them up on a line to dry. It could take all day to do a family’s laundry!

Learn how laundry was done in the 1830s and help us clean some bandanas with an old-fashioned washtub and washboard. You might even get to take your bandana home with you once it’s dry!

Suitable for kids aged 5 and up; younger children are welcome but will need to have an adult to help. This activity is free with purchase of an adult ticket to the San Jacinto Museum. On San Jacinto Family Day, kids are admitted for free when accompanied by a parent or grandparent.