Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site Events

December 2021

December 18

Ring in the holidays at the Birthplace of Texas!  Join festive citizens from the Town of Washington as they celebrate the season with popular readings and songs from the 19th Century.  Learn about common Christmas traditions that would have taken place in towns like Washington and listen to stories of Christmases gone by in the Brazos Valley.  Enjoy a taste of the season by sampling some...

January 2022

January 15

Have a taste of Lott’s Tavern, accommodations to the Texas Convention of 1836.  Sample common foods served in Texas during the Revolution cooked in a period manner: over an open flame.  Try your hand at making your very own corn pone and enjoy a cup of black coffee cooked from freshly roasted and ground coffee beans.  Contact Kevin Malcolm at kevin.malcolm@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 ext....

February 2022

February 19

Take a close look at the Texas Convention of 1836 through the eyes of someone who was there: William F. Gray!  Colonel Gray traveled to Texas during the Revolution and was an eyewitness to the Convention held in Washington.  During his travels, he kept a daily diary and his accounts serve as one of the best sources for what when on in the unfinished building now known as Independence Hall. ...

February 26

Join us for our annual two-day celebration from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 26th and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 27th 2021 at the expansive 293-acre park grounds and its three incredible attractions: the Star of the Republic Museum (collections and programs honoring history of early Texans); Independence Hall (replica of the site where representatives wrote the Texas...

March 2022

March 19

The Alamo has fallen!  Santa Anna advances toward Washington!  Take part in the flight of Texans from the advancing Mexican Army known as the Runaway Scrape.  Learn about the emptying of the Town of Washington following the 1836 Convention and the scene at Robinson’s Ferry as Texans flee towards the Sabine and the protection of the United States.  Help load an ox cart and carry common...

April 2022

April 16

Washington is back to work!  Join living historians from across Texas as they portray various historic trades and crafts that were present in the Town of Washington during its heyday.  From tailors and doctors to blacksmiths and carpenters, industry thrives on the banks of the Brazos!  Some of the tradesmen (and women!) may even enlist your help plying their craft.  Contact Kevin Malcolm at...

May 2022

May 21

Ante up and Buck the Tiger!  From monte to cockfights, poker to foot races, Texans loved to spend time (and money!) on issues of chance, luck, and skill. Try your hand at various games of chance that served as entertainment all over the Town of Washington.  See the history of vice brought to life in local establishments like Lott’s Tavern.  Contact Kevin Malcolm at kevin.malcolm@thc.texas.gov...

June 2022

June 18

Slavery was the abhorrent reality in the Town of Washington and Republic of Texas until June 19th, 1865.  Join us in Washington as we discuss the real histories of enslaved persons in Texas and the commemoration of emancipation marked by the Juneteenth holiday.  Be sure to join us the following weekend, June 25th, as we celebrate the ending of the brutal institution of slavery in Texas at our...

July 2022

July 16

The Texas Mystique is embodied by the existence of the immortal Texas Rangers.  From the earliest days of Texas, even before independence was declared, the Rangers have stood as the indominable defenders of Texas and the quintessential law enforcement of the Republic and State.  Join us as we commemorate the service this most ancient Texas institution has rendered throughout our history.  See...

August 2022

August 20

Texans today stand on the shoulders of great figures that lent their sweat, blood, tears, and lives to make Texas what it is today.  Join us at Washington as we celebrate these incredible figures from out history, and maybe even get a chance to meet one or two of them while you’re here!  From Stephen F. Austin to Sam Houston, come learn about the giants who made Texas, Texas.  Contact Kevin...