Hunt for History

Hunt for History
Calling all history buffs, Brenham is the place for you. The very birthplace of Texas makes a getaway quite special.
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Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site


  • Washington on the Brazos should be number one on your list. This is the very place Texas declared independence in 1836.
  • Texas Cotton Gin Museum is the next best stop – home to the oldest continually operating gin in the nation!
  • Old 300 settlers history, as well as Baylor University, is in Independence.
  • Chappell Hill boasts education history, and is home to one of Texas’ first banks.
  • #Adventure290 will lead you to historic sites all along Highway 290 from Chappell Hill to Elgin.


  • Check into the hotel, then hit the streets. Start off in Downtown Brenham for a Visitor Guide and map.  Or download our app and take the information everywhere you go!
  • Toubin Park in Downtown Brenham, and the Fire Museum. If Glissmann’s is open, be sure to go in and check out the old pharmacy.
  • After a bite of lunch, make your way west to Burton to the Cotton Gin Museum and Rail Road Depot.
  • Then drive the Independence Trail (FM 390) east to Independence. The drive alone is beautiful, but there are historic spots along the way too, including the grounds of Old Baylor, the historic Independence Baptist Church & Museum, and Coles Settlement.

Get an early start so you can spend as much time as you desire at Washington on the Brazos. One can easily spend 1-4 hours here, depending on how much you love history.  The 293-acre site includes the Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall, Barrington Living History Farm, and it’s own Visitor Center.  Pack a picnic and make an entire day of it!

  • Before heading home, make your way out to Chappell Hill for a history lesson at the museum. Stroll through downtown to take in the historic buildings, the oldest bank in Texas and the beautiful Providence Church.
  • Enjoy a wonderful lunch here at Bevers Kitchen or across the highway at Chappell Hill Bakery & Deli before driving home.