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Star of the Republic Museum

Built in 1969 and last updated more than 20 years ago, the museum will feature upgraded exhibit space, including a family gallery, with interactive, hands-on experiences for visitors of all ages. The new design will also significantly expand space to accommodate larger student groups and upgraded exhibits will appeal to diverse visitors and accommodate a variety of learning styles.


Visitor Center

The enhanced Visitor Center will welcome all visitors to the site and introduce them to the history of Washington-on-the-Brazos, its role in the Revolution, and information to help visitors make connections to other historic sites associated with the events of 1836. The project will also include an orientation plaza for the townsite that will guide guests from the Visitor Center onto the streets of Old Washington.

Washington Townsite

For years, Independence Hall has been an essential part of any tour of Washington-on-the-Brazos. The recreation of this humble building – where such historic and courageous decisions were made – inspires countless visitors today. However, it has always stood alone on the townsite until now.

The vision for the campaign included the first-ever complete excavation of the Old Washington Townsite, which has yielded new insights that will inform a brand-new interpretation of the town and include recreations for historic buildings that will inject life into the landscape. Once the exhibits on the townsite are open, including the fully reconstructed buildings, framed structures, and other markers, Independence Hall will again be part of the “town” of Washington and will serve as a welcoming stop and anchor for the site.

Conference and Education Center

The improved Conference and Education Center will attract and accommodate more use from the local community, as well as visitors from across the state. The upgraded facilities will allow for improved educational programming and opportunities for earned revenue.