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 Texas Historical Commission-run state historic site is the Star of the Republic Museum; Independence Hall; and Barrington Plantation. The site’s Visitor Center features interactive exhibits which present a timeline of the Texas Revolution; it also houses the spacious Museum Store, which offers snacks and a wide range of Texas-themed items. All visitors are encouraged to start with the Visitor Center. This facility is free to the public and is the best place to gather information at the site, Star of Republic Museum, Independence Hall, Barrington Plantation, and purchase entry tickets.
Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site is the core of the Republic of Texas Complex, which also includes Fanthorp Inn—a wonderfully preserved 19th century stagecoach inn located nearby in Anderson, TX. A visit to this significant historic site is a must for all Texans and newcomers alike!
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is undergoing an epic restoration and reimagination to create an enhanced visitor experience. With this restoration, the Star of the Republic will be temporarily closed beginning on September 5th. During this time, Independence Hall, Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, walking trails, and the picnic area will remain open to the public during regular hours. The site’s visitor center will be restored to bring the events of 1836 to life, highlighting the significance of the Convention of 1836 in the Texas Revolution. The Star of the Republic Museum will provide insight into the Republic of Texas, showcasing the diverse groups that lived in Texas at that time.
Grounds open daily from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Visitor Center open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Barrington Plantation closed Monday & Tuesday.
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“Went for an afternoon with family (Grandma to kids 4-14) and all were all entertained and interested the whole day.”Veronica W.
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.
HISTORY OF WASHINGTON ON THE BRAZOS
What better way to learn about Texas history than by walking in the footsteps of those who created the Republic of Texas? On March 2, 1836, 59 elected delegates met at Washington on the Brazos to sign a declaration of independence from Mexico and create a new nation. A trip to this historic site and award-winning Star of the Republic Museum allows visitors to step back in time and experience life in early 19th century.