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WASHINGTON ON THE BRAZOS STATE HISTORIC SITE

Located on 293 acres of lush park land, the picturesque Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site 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.   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 has many onsite attractions open daily, as well as an incredible year-round schedule of events and programs.  On the grounds of this TPWD-run state park is the Star of the Republic Museum (administered by Blinn College); Independence Hall; and Barrington Living History Farm. The site’s Visitor Center features interactive exhibits which present a timeline of the Texas Revolution; it also houses the spacious Washington Emporium Gift Shop, which offers snacks and a wide range of Texas-themed items.

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!

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Plan Your Visit

After visiting “Where Texas Became Texas,” enjoy all that the beautiful countryside and towns near the park have to offer.

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Events

This state park offers many amenities and special events so visitors can step back in time and experience life in early 19th century.

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Become a Member

Join the Park Association and be eligible for free admission, newsletters, discounted tickets for special events and more.

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Special Events

Enduring Spirit: African Americans in 19th Century Texas

02/01/2015 - 02/16/2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Stagecoach Days

09/12/2015
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Living History Saturdays at Independence Hall

09/19/2015
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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SARAH DODSON AND THE DODSON FLAG

This flag was designed and sewn by Mrs. Sarah Dodson during the Texas Revolution. It resembled the flag of Revolutionary France, but with longer proportions and the Texan Lone Star in the canton. Stephen F. Austin was initially so alarmed by the obvious symbolism that he requested the flag not be used, but it nevertheless flew over Texan forces in Cibolo Creek, and may have been the first Texan flag raised over San Antonio. Some say the flag was flown over the building where the Convention of 1836 met at Washington on the Brazos, although there is no known first-hand account of this being true.

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INTERACTIVE TOOLS

Independence, freedom and democracy; what more important concepts can we teach our children?
Incredible app for iPhone, iPad and newer Android phones not only recreates the town, but allows you to interact with some of its citizens.

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