Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site

23400 Park Rd 12
Washington, TX 77880


The General Convention, which would decide the fate of Texas, met at Washington in March 1836. People revere Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site as the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. Thereafter, despite great personal risk, the delegates continued meeting until they had drafted a constitution and established the new nation’s first lasting government.

The picturesque Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is located on the Brazos River. The expansive park grounds along the Brazos River provide a beautiful setting for picnicking, sightseeing and bird-watching. The Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall and Barrington Plantation, offer the visitor a unique insight into the lives and times of the men who fought and won Texas' independence from Mexico.

Upcoming Events

December 18

“Dickens-on-the-Brazos”; Yuletide Celebrations in the Republic of Texas

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...

January 15

“Fried pork, coarse corn bread, & miserable coffee”; Cooking for the Convention

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...

February 19

“Examine well and be very particular”; The Diary of Colonel William Fairfax Gray

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,...

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