Washington On The Brazos

Written by Robert Mac
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Washington-on-the-Brazos is a state historic site and the birthplace of Texas; you won't find a prouder place than that in the Lone Star state. Washington was a small ferry landing on the Brazos River during the early years of Texas history. While the soldiers at the Alamo were battling General Santa Anna's men, delegates met in Washington to declare independence from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas.

History Is Alive and Well in Central Texas

Washington-on-the-Brazos, like most of Central Texas, is rich with heroic history--you'll hear names like Bowie and Crockett, Austin and Houston. The one-time capital of the state, Washington, is now the center of a historic rebirth. In 1998, Washington-on-the-Brazos celebrated the opening of its new visitors center. It is also the center for the state's annual Texas Independence Day celebration.

For history buffs, there are living history programs on site, as well as the story of Texas' fierce fight for independence from Mexico. The Star of the Republic Museum, focusing on the state's Republic period, has a number of interactive displays and presentations. The Barrington Living History Farm is a recreation of a 19th century farm with costumed staff; it also features the home of the last president of the Republic of Texas, Anson Jones.

The entire area around Washington-on-the-Brazos is filled with history from Texas' early years. Nearby is Brenham, the seat of Washington County and the bluebonnet capital of the world. Brenham is home to charming bed and breakfasts that continue the historic theme with accommodations in refurbished historic cabins, cottages, and farmhouses.


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