What to See & Do in Brenham/Washington County
From a bigger and better Maifest and Texas' oldest county fair to antique shows galore, there's so much to see and do in Washington County, Texas. Comprised of the towns of Brenham, Burton, Chappell Hill, Independence and Washington, the County is a little more than an hour - yet a world away - from Austin and Houston.
Antique Rose Emporium
9300 Lueckemeyer Road, Brenham (936) 870-3887
Located on an early settler's homestead, this nationally renowned 8-acre retail garden features romantic roses, native plants, old-fashioned perennials, herbs and wildflowers. Multiple theme gardens embellish mid-19th Century buildings. Practical and hard-to-find plants are for sale.
Blue Bell Creameries
|Festival Hill Concert|
1101 Blue Bell Road, Brenham (800) 327-8135
Thirty-five minute walking tours allow visitors to see the ice cream making process and end with a complimentary scoop of ice cream. Nominal fee, call for tour times. Reservations required during Spring Break and for groups of 15+. The creamery is closed most holidays.
Chappell Hill Lavender Farm
2250 Dillard Road, Brenham (979) 251-8114
This aromatic lavender farm with its scenic hillside view is located approximately eight miles north of the historic town of Chappell Hill. Farm and gift shop are open to the public weekends from March-October and offer fresh cuttings during the growing season.
Historic Chappell Hill
9220 Poplar Street, Chappell Hill (979) 836-6033
In the heart of bluebonnet country, this village hosts the Bluebonnet and Scarecrow Festivals and includes century-old churches and cemeteries, historic homes, oldest continually operating bank in America, restaurants and shopping. The museum features rotating exhibits including Swearingen folk art.
Independence, Old Baylor Parks
Nestled at the intersection of FM 50 and FM 390, this small village encompasses a number of historic sites, including the ruins of Baylor University, the John P. Coles homes and the oldest continually operating Baptist church in the state. A well-marked walking/driving trail with 19 interpretive signs relates the area’s history.
The Jersey Barnyard
3117 Hwy. 159, La Grange (800) 382-2880
Visit “Belle” of Blue Bell Creamery’s TV commercials. Tour the family’s 50-year-old working jersey dairy on their beautiful century farm. Milk a cow, hay rides, hay maze, hands-on petting barnyard, gift shop, ice cream, raw milk, farm eggs.
Lavande Lavender Farm
9665 Loop Road, Bellville (713) 715-8392
Lavender & Olive Farm where you can stroll aromatic rows of plants, peruse our wide range of products, relax in a rocker with some lavender tea. Enjoy a warm Texas welcome to individuals or groups.
Pleasant Hill Winery
1441 Salem Road, Brenham (979) 830 VINE (8463)
Travel the grape’s path from vine to wine. Experience the sights and smells of the winemaking process in the 60-degree cellar. Sample the results; gift shop offers wines and unique wine gifts.
Round Top Festival Institute
248 Jaster Road at Hwy 237, Round Top (979) 249-3129
Founded in 1971 by pianist James Dick, the Institute showcases the Texas Festival Orchestra and internationally renowned conductors, performers and chamber music groups. Facility includes a stunning 1,100-seat concert hall, a renovated chapel, restored Victorian homes, and herb and flower gardens.
958 FM 1948 North, Burton (979) 289-3858
Visit the winery located in a remodeled horse barn on the scenic Morgan Ranch. Explore the vineyard and discover the fascinating transformation of grapes into wine. Sample wines in the Texas-chic tasting room.
Texas Cotton Gin Museum/Wehring Home and Shoe Shop
307 A & B North Main, Burton (979) 289-3378
History's alive at one of the last cotton gins operating in America, powered by a 1925 Bessemer engine! Recognized by the Smithsonian Institution, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Register of Historic Places. Complex includes 1914 gin, cobbler shop, garage, warehouse, Visitor Center and Gift Shop. View video, arrange for a tour.
Historic Toubin Park
|Picking fresh lavender|
208 South Park, Brenham
This pocket park features story boards that relate the colorful history surrounding Brenham’s turbulent Civil War era; includes an original cistern the beautifully landscaped park.
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
12300 Park Road 12, Washington (936) 878-2214
This historic site is located on the original town site of Washington where Texas declared independence from Mexico March 2, 1836, and which served as the capital of the Republic of Texas. The complex includes a state-of-the-art Visitor Center, a replica of Independence Hall, Star of the Republic Museum and the Barrington Living History Farm.
4232 Clover Road, Brenham (979) 836-3252
Open since 2005; visit the tasting room where you can sample full-blossom wines, learn about quality wine making and enjoy old-fashioned hospitality. Individually handcrafted wines; gift shop, live music most Saturdays.