Hit the Road and Head to Brenham, Texas

Take a summer road trip to Brenham, Texas for some small town USA.


| Summer 2015



Barrington Living History Farm in Texas

The Barrington Living History Farm features the restored 1844 home of the last president of the Republic of Texas.

Photo by Karen K. Will

Summer is the time to hit the open road and go exploring … with or without the family. No need to book a flight! Lots of fun and culture awaits in all the nooks and crannies of our country – and if you’re into small towns and country experiences, the vacation won’t necessarily cost you a month’s wages.

With that idea in mind, I recently toured a little piece of heaven in Washington County, Texas, known as “the birthplace of Texas.” Located about halfway between Houston and Austin on Highway 290, the small town of Brenham is known as “National Main Street City,” with a historic downtown. Loaded with independent boutiques and antique stores, cafes, museums and surrounding small farms, Brenham is a destination worthy of a few days of your summer vacation.

Here are a few things you’ll want to add to your itinerary.

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site

Learn why Washington County is known as “the birthplace of Texas” (hint: It’s where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed in 1836). The Star of the Republic Museum is also on the grounds, and hosts a number of interesting displays from the early days of Texas, from Native Americans to German settlers and Mexicans.

Another point of interest on the grounds is the Barrington Living History Farm — the restored 1844 home and farm of Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas. Here you’ll see all kinds of interesting homesteading artifacts from more than 150 years ago, including heritage livestock, poultry houses, a vegetable garden, a smokehouse and a tack shed. Re-enactors encourage you to participate in working the farm by helping feed the chickens or pigs, or helping plant or harvest crops as the season and weather permits.





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