Arts & Culture
Brenham and Washington County is rich with history. Come and experience everything that we have to offer! For more information on all the places to experience in our area, please visit the Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Brenham features an historic downtown with an array of antiques and specialty shops, as well as a variety of lodging and dining options. Brenham is also the home of Blinn College, a premiere two-year college established in 1883. Blue Bell Creameries offers tours of their ice cream production lines.
Burton is the home of the restored Texas Cotton Gin Museum offering guided tours of the historic 1914 Burton Farmers Gin. The Burton Railroad Depot transports visitors to the 1870's when the Houston and Texas Central Railroad stopped there; the Mt. Zion Church and Cemetery honor early settlers.
Chappell Hill, a tiny town of some 300 folks, hosts the two largest festivals in Washington County - the Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas in the spring and the Scarecrow Festival in October. The local museum illustrates the region's history with fascinating exhibits and artifacts.
Independence began in 1824 as Coles Settlement on land granted by Mexico to Judge John P. Coles. It was later renamed in honor of Texas' declaration of freedom from Mexico. Several original structures offer tours. Baylor University was founded here in 1846 and moved to Waco in 1886, but some of its ruins still stand surrounded by a peaceful park. A well-marked walking/driving trail highlights areas of historical interest. Independence is also home to the renowed Antique Rose Emporium.
Washington is the location of Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, the site where the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico was created and signed. Exhibits in the Visitor Center bring the Republic history to life, a terrific gift shop offers souvenir options, and the 290-acre site also offers hiking trails and picnic areas. The award-winning Star of the Republic Museum details the rich history of the Lone Star State during its 10 years as a nation. Barrington Living History Farm features the 1850s home of the last president of the Republic where costumed interpreters demonstrate skills from that era.