Texas Independence Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Washington: Washington-on-the Brazos State Historic Site

Independence Hall, Photo by Kathlyn Dragna

The 293-acre state historic site marks the original town location of Washington, an important political and commercial center in early Texas. Delegates to the Convention of 1836 met here to draft and sign the Texas Declaration of Independence and create a constitution for the new Republic. The Star of the Republic Museum has several displays dedicated to the roles of African Americans in the Republic, including contributions made during the Texas Revolution. Stop by the Barrington Living History Farm, where visitors can participate in daily activities alongside costumed interpreters who explain the lifestyles and technologies of Texans 150 years ago and perform some of the same tasks on the farm as its original residents. The farm also includes replica quarters where visitors can learn more about the personal lives of enslaved people in Texas.

Watch our Texas: The Republic Era video to learn more about the history of Texas Independence.  This video was produced for inclusion in our Texas: Forged of Revolution mobile tour found in our Texas Time Travel Tours mobile app. Download the app for more videos and travel information:


  • 12300 Park Road 12
  • Washington, Texas
  • 77880


Hours & Fees

  • Daily 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Free



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Read more about Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site in the Handbook of Texas Online.