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Washington-on-the-Brazos

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Address: 24300 Park Rd 12, Washington, TX 77880
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+1 936-878-2214
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9:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site is the lush, 293 acre park...

Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site is the lush, 293 acre park where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed in 1836, creating a new nation. Independence Hall, a re-creation of the drafty building where the 59 delegates met to hammer out the document, stands on the original cornerstones. The Star of the Republic Museum tells the story of the decade that Texas was a sovereign nation. Barrington Living History Farm includes the homestead of Texas' final president, Anson Jones, and is a working cotton farm. The vistor's center houses a unique gift shop and a Texas History timeline. Picnic areas are available along the Brazos River.

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Visit the 3rd Saturday of the month for docents dressed in period costumes demonstrating life in 1836

Beautiful, well maintained park along the Brazos River that preserves the birthplace of The Republic of Texas. If you visit on the 3rd Sat. of the month, you will get to see... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Austin, Texas
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696 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful, well maintained park along the Brazos River that preserves the birthplace of The Republic of Texas. If you visit on the 3rd Sat. of the month, you will get to see demonstrations of life in 1836 in the newly established town of Washington. There is a mini museum in the visitor's center, as well as restrooms, but no food... More 

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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

This state park is one of the nicest places we've been to in Texas. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. My kids loved the playground and we all enjoyed a nice picnic next to the playground. The fascinating history of this location is well preserved and presented in a very accessible way. Definitely worth the stop!

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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to Washington on the Brazos, the place Where Texas Became Texas! Our staff works hard to maintain the 293 acres, and are experts on the history of this beautiful site. We hope you will visit again during one of our celebrations or educational programs. More 

Dickinson, Texas
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46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

My little guy and I enjoy the outdoors very much. This state park has walking trails with plenty of cactus to see as well as a pond and Brazos River in the background. The park has historical structures, museum and real animals to see including longhorns!! If you are looking for something fun, refreshing and interesting to do come here... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

Being from the UK, Texan history is not really on our radar but we thought we'd call in when passing through the area. We were really pleasantly surprised at the quality of the venue, the dedication and knowledge of the volunteers who give talks with a walk around the hall. It was a wonderful insight into the rich history of... More 

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Seabrook, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

This is a great site to visit, the park is laid out like the original village although most buildings are gone, it gives you a sense of the way of life of the times. The museum is well done and if you have children the Barrington Farm is a must. Even without children the farm is historically interesting.

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Beaumont, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

We walked along the gravel road to the river and other sites on the property. Enjoyed the gift shop - with lots of neat items.

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Casoli, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Although I only lived in Texas from 2008-2016 in the Dallas area and in Austin from 1977-1979, I consider myself a Texan. This experience gave me credibility, because I finally learned some of the history that I feel every Texan should know. The best thing about this was the staff in the visitor center; they were very helpful. We took... More 

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Thank you so much for your kind words following your visit to Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site. We are very proud of our hard working, knowledgeable staff, and cherish the history of this beautiful plat of ground. We agree, every Texan should visit the place Where Texas Became Texas! More 

Euless, Texas, Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

We visited Washington-on-the-Brazos to celebrate Texas' birthday. It was great! They had all sorts of re-enactors and had a fun staging of the founding of Texas. (The horse stole the show.) They demonstrated the firing of different arms with some loud and impressive volleys. There's also a really nice walking trail around the park and along the Brazos with historical... More 

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138 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Our family visits Washington-on-the-Brazos once a year. Great site with great history museums, living farm and gift shop. The gift shop has some great Texas History books.

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Huntsville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

Highly recommend this stop on Texas history trail. Barrington Farm is a wonderful place to teach children about life in the 1800's. Our grandkids enjoyed being able to check things out without it all being behind glass. Sitting on the porch and playing checkers was a wonderful experience.

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