Located between Brenham and Navasota off State Highway 105, founded largely by European-American immigrants from the southern United States, Washington-on-the-Brazos is known as “the birthplace of Texas” because it was here that, on
March 1, 1836, Texas delegates met to formally announce Texas intention to separate from Mexico and to draft the constitution of the new Republic of Texas. They organized an interim government to serve until a government could be elected and inaugurated.
Washington County was established by the legislature of the Republic of Texas in 1836 and organized in 1837, when Washington-on-the-Brazos was designated as the county seat. Although the county seat moved to Brenham in 1844, the town continued to thrive as a center for the cotton trade until the mid-1850’s, as it was located on the Brazos River to use for shipping out the crop. The construction of railroads bypassed the town and pulled off its business. The strife of the Civil War took another toll on the town, and by the turn of the 20th century it was virtually abandoned.
Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site is located on 293 acres of lush park land, the picturesque area gives visitors unique insights into the lives and times of the 59 delegates who met on that very spot on March 2, 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico. The site is now known as Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site and features three main attractions: Independence Hall, Barrington Living History Farm, and the Star of the Republic Museum, which is administered by Blinn College. The site’s visitor center is free and includes interactive exhibits about the Texas Revolution and the park’s attractions, a gift shop, a conference center and an education center. From 1836 to 1846, the Republic of Texas proudly but precariously existed as a separate and unique nation. Washington on the Brazos is, indeed, “Where Texas Became Texas.” Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site is the core of the Republic of Texas Complex, which also includes Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site—a wonderfully preserved 19th century stagecoach inn located nearby in Anderson, TX. Additionally, you’ll find the nearby Six Flags over Texas Monument in Navasota, TX. A visit to this significant historic site is a must for all Texans and newcomers alike!
is a Replica of the building at Washington-on-the-Brazos where the Texas Declaration
was signed. The inscription reads: “Here a Nation was born.” The delegates declared independence on March 2, 1836. They adopted their constitution on March 16. The delegates worked until March 17, when they had to flee with the residents of Washington, to escape the advancing Mexican Army. The townspeople returned after the Mexican Army was defeated at San Jacinto on April 21. Town leaders lobbied for Washington’s designation as the permanent capital of the Republic of Texas, but leaders of the Republic favored Waterloo, which later was renamed Austin.
Barrington Living History Farm Using Anson Jones’s day book as their guide, the interpreters at Barrington Living History Farm conduct themselves much as did the earliest residents of the original farmstead. The Jones home is original; the outbuildings are replicas constructed by Texas Parks and Wildlife using Jones’ own journal and drawings. (Anson Jones was the last president of the Republic of Texas) Step into the lives of Barrington Farm’s earliest residents. Experience the sights, smells, and sounds of the 19th century. The scene is complete with heritage breeds of livestock. Interpreters, dressed in period style clothing, help visitors better understand what life was like 150 years ago.Visitors are encouraged to participate in the work of the farm and become a part of the exhibit. Learn how to drive oxen, help plant and harvest crops, and try your hand at spinning or making soap. Explore the farm and experience the daily lives of those who came before.
Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site consists of six acres in Anderson, county seat of Grimes County. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department acquired the property by purchase in 1977 from a Fanthorp descendant, and it was opened to the public Oct. 4, 1987, to demonstrate 19th century life at an early Texas stagecoach stop and family home. Ten years were spent researching and restoring the inn to its 1850 use as both a family home and travelers’ stop.The double-pen, cedar log dogtrot house was built by an English immigrant, Henry Fanthorp, when Texas was part of Mexico. Fanthorp petitioned Stephen F. Austin in 1832 for permission to settle in this original Austin Colony. He bought 1,100 acres and built his house in 1834 on the road that crossed his land, thus bringing travelers to his door immediately. Henry Fanthorp was appointed postmaster by the provisional Texas government in 1835, and saw the advantage of offering other services and goods to his frequent visitors. Within time, Fanthorp’s Inn became a well-known stopping place for both travelers and the community.
The Star of the Republic Museum In 1965, when Gus Deutsche was a State Representative from Washington County, he introduced a bill appropriating $800,000 for construction of a “Worthy Museum, at the Birthplace of Texas that would be a Star upon a Star.” In 1969, Speaker of the House Mutscher, sponsored
HB 634 of the Sixty-first Texas Legislature transferring ownership of the museum to Blinn College and appropriating an annual operating budget. The museum was dedicated and formally opened on March 1, 1970. It is the only museum in the state created by the Legislature for the exclusive purpose of interpreting the republic period of Texas history and its material culture.
The bluebonnets alone are a favorite of many and typically are in bloom from March through April. The location and timing of large masses of flowers is hard to predict, but a joy when discovered. Areas around the Visitor Center and down the walking trail to the Wildflower Loop usually offer visitors a view of the sweet scented state flower as well as an array of other Texas flowering beauties. With blooming flowers, a variety of butterflies and songbirds, Washington on the Brazos has much to offer the nature lover, artist, photographer and those looking for beauty and peace. Spend a day taking in the glory of nature and the intrigue of history when you visit this Texas shrine.
The Six Flags Over Texas Monument
The Six Flags Over Texas Monument captures almost 500 years of Texas history. From a time before recorded history, the area around the confluence of the Brazos and Navasota Rivers, along the La Bahia Trail, has been a magnet to travelers and settlers. This monument, located outside the August Horst Municipal Park in nearby Navasota, celebrates its heritage with a timeline of flags, representing the six nations who built the unique character of Texas (Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States of America, and the United States of America). A place to rest and reflect on the heritage of Texas, the monument is a joint venture of the Washington on the Brazos State Park Association and the City of Navasota, built and donated to the people of Texas by The Double H Ranch and the Huddleston family.
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