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Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
WASHINGTON-ON-THE-BRAZOS STATE HISTORIC SITE
WASHINGTON-ON-THE-BRAZOS STATE HISTORIC SITE
Box 305
Washington, Texas   77880

Phone: 936-878-2214
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Visiting Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is an enjoyable experience on two levels. First, the expansive park grounds along the Brazos River provide a beautiful setting for picnicking, sightseeing and birdwatching. And secondly, 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.

This picturesque park is located on the Brazos River, Washington was the site of the 1836 General Convention which would decide the fate of Texas. Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is revered as the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. Washington remained a town of some prominence in early Texas until the eve of the Civil War. The park encompasses the site of the historic town (1836). Washington was the first county seat of Washington County in 1836, the capitol of Texas from 1842 to 1845, and the home of the last president of the Republic of Texas, Anson Jones. Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, the seat of Texas Independence, is the center each year for the Texas Independence Day Celebration, under the direction of the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association.

Washington-on-the-Brazos in Washington County consists of 293.1 acres. The land was acquired by deed from private owners in 1916. It was transferred to the State Parks Board from the State Board of Control by the Legislature in 1949. Then in 1976 and 1996, more land was acquired by deed from private owners.

Today the park is maintained by Texas Parks and Wildlife. The Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association assists the park and the Star of the Republic Museum in this effort. The museum's administration falls under the jurisdiction of Blinn College in Brenham.

Barrington Living History Farm, home of Anson Jones, last President of the Republic of Texas. Handcrafted reproduction log buildings and cropland demonstrate the working of a Brazos Valley farm, circa 1850. Interpreters in period costume work the farm as it was done long ago.
Events
April 2
Where Have the Monarchs Gone?
Explore the life cycle of a monarch butterfly!

(Recommended for children ages 6 - 12)

This fun workshop session takes children through the life-cycle and migration of the Monarch butterfly, including discussion of food and nursery sources, and how to plant a butterfly waystation at home. The class includes a lively mixture of indoor and outdoor activities (weather permitting), all geared toward children from the age of 6 to 12 years old. Come join us for a hands-on and lively adventure as we follow the Monarch butterfly from egg to caterpillar to butterfly, and then follow the amazing journey to Mexico. The session will last approximately 1? hours, and is hosted by the Gideon Lincecum Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists. Contact: Karen Ginnard, (713) 584-9756 or karenginnard@yahoo.com

Contact:Karen Ginnard
(713) 584-9756
karenginnard@yahoo.com

April 23
Monarch Conservation and Restoration

Monarch butterflies are known for the incredible mass migration that brings millions of them to California and Mexico each winter. North American monarchs are the only butterflies that make such a massive journey-up to 3,000 miles. Join other interested adults to explore the decline of the Monarch butterfly, and discuss lifecycle, habitat, migration, and restoration activities that can be undertaken from the smallest flowerbed to the largest acreage. The workshop will include approximately one hour of lively education, followed by a one-hour nature walk (weather permitting) and discussion of the restoration efforts being undertaken by the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site. The session will last approximately 2 hours, and is hosted by the Gideon Lincecum Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists. Contact: Karen Ginnard, (713) 584-9756 or karenginnard@yahoo.com.

Contact:Karen Ginnard
(713) 584-9756
karenginnard@yahoo.com

April 23
Old 300: Gone To Texas -Book Signing
Here is your chance to meet with Paul Spellman, PhD, author of the definitive work on Stephen F. Austin's Old 300!

Free to the public. Lovers of early Texas history, here is your chance to meet with Paul Spellman, PhD, author of the definitive work on Stephen F. Austin's Old 300! "This is the (only complete) story of the arrival of Austin's first colonists to Texas, the iconic Old 300. I have told the story of who these people were, why they came to Texas, where they came from, and how they got here. The book is 448pp with endnotes, bibliography and index." Dr. Spellman is a professor of History at Wharton Junior College. For more information, contact Becky Byers at (936) 878-2214 ext. 225 or rebecca.byers@tpwd.texas.gov.

Contact:Becky Byers
(936) 878-2214 ext. 225
rebecca.byers@tpwd.texas.gov


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Picnicking
The pecan grove near the river offers 26 free picnic sites and two covered rental pavilions. The pavilions may be reserved through the Customer Contact Center. Large groups can rent a newly renovated Conference Center. The hall accommodates up to 300 banquet-style, and 400 auditorium-style. For smaller groups, the park's Education Center is available. For reservations, contact the park staff at (936) 878-2214. Restrooms and water fountains are located in the Visitor Center, the park picnic area, and in the Star of the Republic Museum.
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Directions
* From Austin: Take Highway 290 East to Brenham. In Brenham, take Business Route 290 to Highway 105 East. Go 14 miles and turn right on FM 912 to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.

* From Brenham: Take Highway 105 East 14 miles and turn right on FM 912 to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.

* From Dallas/Waco: From Waco take I-35 to Highway 6 South. Come down Highway 6 South to Navasota. From Navasota take Highway 105 West 7 miles and turn left on FM 1155 to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.

* From Houston: Take Highway 290 West to Highway 6 at Hempstead. Take Highway 6 North to Navasota. From Navasota, take Highway 105 West 7 miles and turn left on FM 1155 to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.

* From Navasota: Take Highway 105 West 7 miles, turn left on FM 1155 to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.

* From San Antonio: Go I-10 East to Highway 77 North, then take 290 East to Brenham. From Brenham, take Highway 105 East 14 miles and turn right on FM 912 to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.

Scenic Route: La Bahia Scenic Highway The 28-mile La Bahia Scenic Highway (Farm-to-Market Road 390) arches toward the northern boundary of Washington County. Its eastern terminus intersects Texas 105 about 10 miles north of Brenham and roughly that distance south of Washington-on-the-Brazos. Its western terminus lies in Burton, 12 miles west of Brenham and about 80 miles east of Austin. For more details, call the Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau at (979) 836-3695, or write to them at 314 S. Austin, Brenham, Texas 77833.

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Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
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