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

May 21

“A fool and his money..”; Gambling in the Republic of Texas

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...

June 18

“Then, thenceforward, and Forever Free”; Slavery and Emancipation in Washington County

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...

July 16

“To range and guard the frontiers”; The Texas Rangers

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...

From the Blog

Photo Gallery

Click on any image to view the photo gallery.