Washington

Where Texas Became Texas!

Our rolling hills and green meadows exude the rich Texas history that it has experienced throughout the generations. Nearby, Washington-on-the-Brazos is a state historic site that showcases Independence Hall where the Texas Declaration of Independence was drafted in 1836! A must see.

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Washington Area Events

Holiday Foods at Home

What special foods do you enjoy on the holidays? Like you, the Jones family hosted visitors and enjoyed a varied diet full of exotic treats to mark the season. We’ll be making a few of these foods this weekend and talking about many others. Discussions and kitchen activities ongoing. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

Hands-on-History

Join us at the museum to try your hand at activities and skills needed by kids during the Republic era. This month, we’ll be doing Christmas Crafts, including Moravian Stars, snowflakes, and other various items 11-4 or until supplies run out. Contact Jordan Lucier for more information at 936-878-2214 x236.

Holiday Foods at Home

What special foods do you enjoy on the holidays? Like you, the Jones family hosted visitors and enjoyed a varied diet full of exotic treats to mark the season. We’ll be making a few of these foods this weekend and talking about many others. Discussions and kitchen activities ongoing. Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.

Living History Saturday: Dickens-on-the-Brazos

Ring in the holidays at the Birthplace of Texas! Join festive citizens from the Town of Washington as they celebrate the season with popular readings and songs from the 19th Century. Learn about common Christmas traditions that would have taken place in towns like Washington and listen to stories of Christmases gone by in the Brazos Valley. Enjoy a taste of the season by sampling some homemade wassail to warm you up! Contact Adam Arnold at Adam.Arnold@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x228 for more information.

Special Program- Candlelight Christmas

Silent Night and gunshots, festive music and solemn moments—an 1850s Texan Christmas experience! Discover the origins of some of our favorite Holiday traditions as costumed interpreters bring to life the festivities of the season with musket-fire, music, dancing and more! Step into the historic home of the last President of the Republic, Dr. Anson Jones, as the family enjoys their Christmas gathering. Visit the plantation’s quarter to hear how the enslaved at Barrington experienced the season. Sip a hot cup of cider, cozy up to the fire, and begin your holiday season with Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site! Contact Barb King at barbara.king@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x248 for more information.