Texas Independence Day Celebration

Two-day living history celebration, March 4 & 5, 2017

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LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN

Jim Kolkhorst head shot colorWelcome to the new Washington on the Brazos State Park Association website.

Washington on the Brazos holds a special affinity to me as I grew up no more than two miles as the crow flies from the park. I grew up playing on the grounds of the park; we had many family, church and community functions there. I did not really understand the importance of the place then but, as I have matured, I have come to understand the significance of the heroism of the 59 men that signed the Texas Declaration in 1836. This site is important to my family because this brave act created the nation of Texas and set us apart forever from other states in the union. It truly is “Where Texas Became Texas!”

The 293-acre state historic site offers several amenities and always changing events and programs at its four attractions: Independence Hall, Barrington Living History Farm and Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site (all administered—along with the parklands—by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD), and the Star of the Republic Museum (administered by Blinn College).

Curious about ways to become a part of this historic site?

Read more about the Park Association to learn all about us, and how easy and fun it is to support our Texas heritage.

It’s always the perfect time to join the Washington on the Brazos State Park Association as a member and explore this Texas treasure. Spending time at the park is an easy, inexpensive, educational and fun way to entertain families and visitors. Membership levels are available for individuals, families and businesses and include free admission to the Site’s attractions for a year, and—for some levels—private parties during the park’s special celebrations. This picturesque State Historic Site has fabulous events scheduled all year long including its Texas Independence Day Celebration, Christmas on the Brazos, H-E-B Fireworks on the Brazos, Stagecoach Days, Music Makes a Celebration and the Museum’s special exhibits, as well as interactive programs on water, cotton, pecans and more.

The expansive park grounds along the Brazos Valley also provide a beautiful setting for picnicking, sightseeing and bird watching, as well as four geocaching sites—two each from TPWD and the Brenham/Washington County Chamber & CVB. We also feature a Conference Center with patio, which is perfect for meetings, weddings and reunions. The Education Center, with a main auditorium and two classroom style spaces, is ideal for smaller groups. An outdoor amphitheater and two pavilions are also available for rent.

I hope you enjoy our new website, and if you have not done so…come visit Independence Hall. Then you can say that you stood in the very spot Where Texas Became Texas!

Jim Kolkhorst
President, Washington on the Brazos State Park Association

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