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 Living History Farm, offer the visitor a unique insight into the lives and times of the men who fought and won Texas' independence from Mexico.
We are making changes to our annual Homeschool Days Program!
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is presenting our homeschool families with one day jam-packed with historical demonstrations unlike other school programming. This...
Join us under the shade of the Live Oaks at the Visitor Center on Saturday October 17th from 10:00 am to 2:00 for a farmers market. Local vendors selling a wide variety of goods are available along with live music and a food vendor on-site.
Join us in the evening on Saturday October 24th from 6 pm to 9 pm for an 1850s Dinner Experience on the grounds of the Historic Barrington Plantation. Feast on a five-course gourmet meal of bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, caramelized carrots,...
From the Blog
The battlefield of San Jacinto is the site of the final, shocking, and decisive conflict of the Texas Revolution that took place on April 21, 1836. Gen. Sam Houston and his army of about 1,000 Texian soldiers routed Gen. Santa Anna’s 1,400-man army—in just 18 minutes.
Screened by trees and rising ground, Houston's men formed with Edward Burleson's regiment at center, Sidney Sherman's...
By Bailey Curwick, THC Communications Division
To an average tourist, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site could appear to be ordinary countryside northeast of Brenham. But to the Texas history enthusiast, it represents the start of an incredibly unique story.
The site is one of eight transferred in 2019 to the Texas Historical Commission (THC) from the Texas...
By Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor The Medallion, Photos by Patrick Hughey
Texas’ Republic-era past takes center stage with the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) recent acquisition of nine state historic sites. The sites’ legislative transfer from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department became official on September 1, 2019, increasing the...
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