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Description - Visiting Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park 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, the home of Texas' last president, offer the visitor a unique insight into the lives and times of the men who fought and won Texas' independence from Mexico.

Travel back in time to the days when living legends such as Sam Houston and Davy Crockett walked the earth! Shake hands with a historical figure. Follow the daily activities involved in running a mid-nineteenth century plantation. Learn to weave and spin wool. Look at a real leech. Through special events and tours, these activities await visitors to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park and Star of the Republic Museum.

Attractions - Washington-on-the-Brazos in Washington County consists of 293.1 acres. The land was acquired by deed from private owners in 1916.

Located on the Brazos River, Washington was the site of the 1836 GeneralConvention which would decide the fate of Texas. Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park 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 from1842 to 1845, and the home of the last president of the Republic of Texas, Anson Jones. Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park, the seat of Texas Independence, is the center each year for the Texas IndependenceDay Celebration, under the direction of the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association.

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.

Recreation - This park provides a beautiful setting for picnicking, sightseeing and birdwatching. It also opportunities for viewing the historic site and interpretive exhibits.

Climate - Current weather conditions can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Location - Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park is located within the Gulf Coast region of Texas. The park lies just off Texas 105 between Brenham and Navasota.

Travel routes:

From Brenham, take Highway 105 East 14 miles and turn right on FM 912 to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park.

From Navasota, take Highway 105 West 7 miles, turn left on FM 1155 to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park.

From Dallas/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 Historical Park.

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 Historical Park.

From San Antonio travel along 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 Historical Park.

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 Historical Park.

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 (409) 836-3695, or write to them at 314 S. Austin, Brenham, Texas 77833.

An audiotape for a driving tour, Along the La Bahia Road, written by William Keienburg and produced by the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association, can be purchased for $5 from Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park. Call 409/878-2214, or write Box 305, Washington, Texas 77880-0305.


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Contact Information:
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park, P.O. Box 305 , Washington, TX, 77880-0305, Phone: 936/878-2214
, Washington.Brazos@tpwd.state.tx.us

Additional Information:
Prairies & Lakes - The Prairies and Lakes region covers a large portion of northeast and central Texas, including the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This region features numerous large lakes and more state parks than any other region in the state.
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