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Washington County Memorial Plaza

Washington County Memorial Plaza

903 N. Park St. | Brenham | TX

Dedicated May 27, 2002, to honor more than 2,000 veterans of Washington County serving in all wars. This memorial is a lasting tribute to the men and women of Washington County who have worn the uniforms of the United States military.

Texas Cotton Gin Museum

Texas Cotton Gin Museum

307 W. Main St. | Burton | TX | 77835

The Official Cotton Gin Museum of Texas keeps the legacy of cotton alive for all generations; open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. Home of the 1914 Burton Farmers Gin – the oldest operating cotton gin in America; tours daily at 10 and 2.

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Star of the Republic Museum

Star of the Republic Museum

12300 Park Rd. 12 | Washington | TX | 77880

Experience the saga of the Republic of Texas which, from 1836 to 1846, existed as a separate and independent nation. Through interactive exhibits, audio-visual presentations and educational programs, the Museum presents the experiences of ordinary Texans as well as extraordinary events. Award-winning exhibits provide a comprehensive and unparalleled look at the people and places that […]

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John P. Coles Home Tours

John P. Coles Home Tours

10270 T. S. Saul Rd. | Independence | TX

Independence Historical Society offers tours of two of the earliest homes in Washington County, as well as a rural one-room schoolhouse. John P. Coles House provides an opportunity to experience Colonial Texas life. Free tours on selected March and April weekends; other times by appointment. Admission fee.

Heritage Home Tours

Heritage Home Tours

2203 Century Circle | Brenham | TX

Tour Brenham’s oldest house. The 1843 Giddings-Wilkin House is beautifully decorated with many original furnishings. Then, stroll the veranda at the exquisitely restored Giddings Stone Mansion, built in 1869 and a prime example of 19th Century Texas architecture. Both properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Downtown Brenham’s “Main Street” District

Downtown Brenham’s “Main Street” District

100 E Main St | Brenham | TX

Come stroll through past and present, visit more then 40 shops and spend time relaxing in “WiFi” hot spot. Recognized as a National Register District, Brenham’s Downtown buildings reflect the town’s early history and charm.

Chappell Hill Historic District

Chappell Hill Historic District

9220 Poplar St. | Chappell Hill | TX | 77426

The Chappell Hill Historic District includes the restored Providence Baptist Church parsonage, the Museum displaying historical exhibits and the Swearingen folk art collection, the Rock Store, century-old churches, Masonic Cemetery, library and the oldest continually operating bank in America. Groups are invited for tours of the historic sites with advance reservation. If you are having […]

Burton Railroad Depot, Visitor’s Center and Museum

Burton Railroad Depot, Visitor’s Center and Museum

507 N. Railroad St. | Burton | TX | 77835

History lives thanks to the Burton Heritage Society! Formed in 1973, devoted members maintain and preserve the Burton Railroad Depot and Mt. Zion Historical Chapel.

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Old Baylor Park at Windmill Hill

Old Baylor Park at Windmill Hill

10270 T. S. Saul Rd. | Independence | TX

On the west side of FM 50, ruins mark the site of the original Baylor University and its female department, one of the best places in the state to enjoy springtime bluebonnets. Adjacent to the John P. Coles homes, this park features picnic tables and a playground area. On the east side of FM 50 […]

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

1000 George Bush Dr. West | College Station | TX | 77845

This state-of-the-art American History museum tell the life and times of our nation’s 41st president. Exhibits include replicas of the White House Situation room, the White House Press room and on Oval Office where visitors can sit behind a replica of the president’s desk.

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Texas Baptist Historical Center/Museum

Texas Baptist Historical Center/Museum

10405 FM 50 | Independence | TX

Organized in 1839, this is an integral part of one of Texas’ most historic sites. Sam Houston was converted and baptized in this church in 1854.

Seward Plantation

Seward Plantation

10005 FM 390 | Brenham | TX

John Seward came to Texas in 1832 with his father, who was one of Stephen F. Austin’s first colonists, and began building his plantation home in 1850. Owned by family members since its foundation was laid, the gracious home displays many original furnishings. Grounds include log slave quarters and barns. Tours available by reservation.

Toubin Park

Toubin Park

208 S Park Street | Brenham | TX

Beneath Brenham streets is a State Archeological Landmark, a large system of historic cisterns. The cisterns were built in the late 1800’s to store rainwater for public fire fighting. Private cisterns were also abundant throughout early Washington County, used for bathing, drinking and cooking. Enjoy the Wild West story of why these cisterns were built. It’s […]

Antique Carousel

Antique Carousel

910 North Park St | Brenham | TX

Fully restored, the carousel is one of eight that exist in Texas today and is the only example of a C.W. Parker carousel with Herschell-Spillman horses. Manufactured prior to 1910, it is housed in a unique 16-sided WPA building in the heart of Fireman’s Park.

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Step Into the Past Historical Tours

Step Into the Past Historical Tours

115 W Main St | Brenham | TX | 77833

Step into the Past Historical Tours are open! Learn more about each site and plan your adventure through Washington County, Texas.

Winedale Historical Complex

Winedale Historical Complex

3738 FM 2714 | Round Top | TX | 78954

Shakespeare Festival, 19th Century Folklife Christmas Reenactment, History Symposiums, Master Naturalists Public Programs, Antique Quilt Exhibits, and mid-19th century Historic Homes toured by appointment. Educational Conference Center and dormitory may be reserved for daytime meetings or overnight/weekend conferences.

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Independence Visitor Center

Independence Visitor Center

10270 T. S. Saul Rd. | Independence | TX

This recently preserved, historic 1835 building in the center of Independence, is staffed by the Independence Historical Society. Hosts will provide Visitor information and help plan tours. Once called the “Adobe,” this house was built the same year the town of Independence was laid out and is probably the oldest structure still standing. It also […]

Brenham Heritage Museum

Brenham Heritage Museum

105 S. Market St. | Brenham | TX

The corner stone of the Federal Building was laid on May 5, 1915 with a grand ceremony. Originally serving as the United States Post Office, this magnificent building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was eventually transformed into the museum you see today. The Brenham Heritage Museum is a local history […]

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Historic Masonic Cemetery

Historic Masonic Cemetery

Old Chappell Hill Rd | Chappell Hill | TX | 77426

Founded in 1853, this country cemetery is the final resting place to many “Texians,” Confederate soldiers, local residents and the children and grandchildren of Alamo hero William B. Travis. Set on 4 1/4 acres, filled with beautiful trees throughout, the cemetery is open all year.

Historical Markers

Historical Markers

115 W. Main St. | Brenham | TX

History buffs will not want to miss the chance to see over 120 historic markers, including where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed, where Sam Houston was baptized, where a rare 1800’s cotton gin is preserved and still operates today, where picturesque churches are tucked away, where legendary Texas heroes are buried, and many […]

Barrington Living History Farm

Barrington Living History Farm

12300 Park Rd. 12 | Washington | TX | 77880

Explore the home of Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas. Experience sights, sounds and smells of this southern cotton plantation that features historic animal breeds and heirloom crops. Daily life on this working 1850’s farm comes alive as interpreters in period clothing demonstrate daily chores and skills. On the site of […]

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Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site

12300 Park Rd. 12 | Washington | TX | 77880

The 293-acre park is located on the original town site of Washington, which served as the capital of the Republic of Texas. The complex features a state-of-the-art Visitors Center with hand-on interactive exhibits that walk visitors through the birth of a new nation – Texas. The Washington Emporium, located in the Visitor Center, is a […]

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PackagesRelax and Save

Reconnect and save with these online packages put together just for you. Lodging partners are offering you ways to save as you reconnect with each other around Washington County.

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Historical ToursStep into the past

Reconnect with history. Many historical sites are open in Downtown Brenham and throughout Washington County to give you glimpse into Texas’ amazing beginnings.

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Wine TrailTaste our local wine

Find your new favorite wine, right here in Brenham & Washington County! Besides tasting a variety of wines at our four local wineries, you can tour vineyards, shop, and relax on the deck while sharing a cheese board and a bottle of your favorite vintage.

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GeocachingFirst GeoTour in Texas

Geocaching is a fun outdoors activity for the whole family! We are excited to bring you the first official GeoTour in Texas – a 35-stage trail encompassing all of Washington County! If you want to win a prize you will need to collect points by caching, eating, sleeping and shopping throughout the county. Collect 25 or more points and you win!

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