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8601 Hwy 290 W
Brenham, Tx 77833
(979) 836-0680
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WASHINGTON COUNTY
THE BIRTHPLACE OF TEXAS

 

 

 

 

 

History
Washington County has played an important role in the history of Texas. The county was organized in 1837 from a Mexican municipality and named for George Washington. The county is located in the heart of Stephen F. Austin's first colony. This area was opened to settlement in 1821 under the Spanish and was one of the earliest settled areas in Texas. Pioneers from all parts of the United States and immigrants from western Europe flocked to Austin's colony and its liberal land grants. The first cabins with their corn, peas, and tobacco patches, grew into ranches, plantations and farm settlements. the early city of Washington-on-the Brazos was started in 1821 and developed and flourished until the coming of the railroads in 1860-1880. Washington, the birthplace of the republic of Texas, was the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence from Mexico in 1836. German immigration began in the county in the 1850's and increased after the Civil War. Polish immigrants followed in the 1870's. The plantation-agrarian economy of the county was greatly disrupted by the war. Most of the large farms were divided into smaller ones and taken up by the German immigrants. Brenham, the city, was established in 1884, and named for Richard Fox Brenham, a member of the Mier Expedition. The city was incorporated in 1858. It was occupied by Federal troops during the Civil War, who partially burned the city in 1867 following a confrontation with local citizens.
Geography
The county is located in South Central Texas in the Post Oak Belt and Blacklands of the Gulf Coastal Plain. Brenham is approximately 72 miles northwest of Houston, 83 miles east of Austin, and 150 miles northeast of San Antonio; 225 miles south-southeast of Dallas/Fort worth. The surface topography of the county is rolling to gently rolling. Brenham is at 350 feet elevation; the highest point in the county is 476 feet and the lowest is 155 feet. Washington County, consists of 280,160 acres and is 594 square miles. The county is drained by the Brazos River; the major creeks are Yegua, Caney, and New Year's. The climate of Brenham and Washington County is that of the coastal region. Summers are long and winters short. The average annual temperature is 68.3 degrees. The average annual rainfaul is 39.94 inches, and the humidity 63%.
Attractions
Blue Bell Creameries, Inc. 1-800-327-8135
Heritage Home Tours 1-979-836-1690
Monastery of St. Clare Miniature Horse Ranch 1-979-836-9652
The Antique Rose Emporium 1-979-836-9548
Independence Baptist Church & Museum 1-979-836-5117
Ellison's Greenhouses 1-979-836-6011/1-713-463-0118
Star of the Republic Museum 1-979-878-2161
Historic Downtown Brenham Walking Tour 1-979-836-3695
Historic Burton Cotton Gin 1-979-289-5102
Chappell Hill Historical Museum 1-979-836-6033
John P. Coles Home Tours 1-979-830-0230
Pleasant Hill Winery 1-979-830-VINE
Fox Creek Golf Course 1-979-826-2131
Lawrence Marshall Golf Course 1-979-826-4001
The Falls Golf Course 1-979-992-3123

Points of Interest
Washington-On-The-Brazos State Historical Park 1-936-878-2214
Giddings Stone Mansion 1-979-836-1690
Browning Plantation 1-888-912-6144
Historical Cappell Hill 1-979-836-6033
Knittel Homestead 1-979-289-5102

Festivals
 
2nd Weekend on the Square in Downtown Brenham 1-888-BRENHAM
Texas Independence Day Celebration 1-936-878-2461
Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas 1-979-836-6033
Antique Shows at Round Top 1-979-249-3129
Burton Cotton Gin Festival 1-979-289-FEST
Brenham Antique Shows 1-888-BRENHAM
Washington County Fair 1-979-836-4112
Poinsettia Celebration 1-979-836-0084
Scarecrow Festival 1-979-836-6033
Brenham Maifest 1-888-BRENHAM
Christmas Stroll 1-979-277-0913

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