For Texans, Independence Hall is one of our most significant historic sites. It was here, in the raw frontier town of Washington in 1836, 59 men elected from municipalities across the territory met in an unfinished frame building to determine the fate of this vast land we call Texas! Meanwhile, the forces of General Santa Anna laid siege to the Alamo.
“Fellow-Citizens of Texas: The enemy are upon us. A strong force surrounds the walls of the Alamo, and threaten that garrison with the sword…Now is the day, and now is the hour, when Texas expects every man to do his duty. Let us show ourselves worthy to be free and we shall be free.”
Henry Smith, Washington, TX – March 2, 1836
Even as the settlers fled ahead of Santa Anna’s army, the convention labored for 17 days. During that time they declared Texas independent from Mexico; penned a new constitution; and organized an interim government, giving birth to a new nation: the Republic of Texas. Today, Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site takes great care to preserve the sanctity of this shrine to the Texas spirit for the many generations of Texans yet to come.
Open Daily from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tickets for the general public may be purchased at the Visitor Center.
Individual Tickets for all sites:
- Adults: $8.00
- Students (Age 6-18 and college students): $5.00
- Children (Age 5 and under): Free
- Family Pass (Includes 2 adults and 1 student): $20.00
Each additional student is $1.
- Seniors & Veterans: $7.00
Group Tour Tickets:
- School Group (per student): $2 per site or $5 for all three sites.
- Adult Group (per person): $6 for all three sites.
Group tours and education programs are available. Please call 936 878 2214 for additional information or to book your tour.
Descendants of the Signers
In 2010, the Star of the Republic Museum embarked upon a long-term genealogy project to identify the living descendants of the 59 men who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. More than 50 volunteers researched the lineages of these men and discovered over 5,000 descendants. Nearly 1,500 descendants attended the 175th anniversary celebration at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site in 2011 and were on hand to answer “here” during a roll call of these brave men. The project is ongoing and direct lineal descendants may apply to have their names added to a registry of documented descendants.
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