Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site marks the birthplace of Texas. Anyone interested in Texas history will enjoy visiting where the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico was signed, on March 2, 1836. It is interesting from a historical standpoint, plus it’s in a beautiful natural setting.
There is so much to do and see at Washington-on-the-Brazos Historic Site, it’s worth spending some time at a nearby Washington Texas bed and breakfast. The site includes the original historic town of Washington, which was the capitol of Texas from 1842 – 45. In addition, it is the site of the Star of the Republic Museum, which strives to “to collect and preserve the material culture of the Texas Republic (1836-1846) and to interpret the history, cultures, diversity, and values of early Texans”.
Also at Washington-on-the-Brazos is the Barrington Living History Farm, the original homestead of Anson Jones, who was the last president of the Republic of Texas. Jones kept a detailed diary about his life on the farm – when he planted, what he grew, the buildings, etc. Today, interpreters dressed in period clothing reveal what life on a Central Texas farm was like in the mid 19th century. The Jones home is original, and outbuildings are replicas based on Jone’s drawings. Not only does the Living History Farm show visitors what life was like, it allows them to participate in activities such as plowing a field with oxen, spinning yarn, and making soap.
Take some time to learn about the fascinating history of Texas while vacationing at a Washington Texas bed and breakfast.