Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site Events
If you’re a fan of Texas history, then a visit to Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site should be on the top of your bucket list. It was here that the 59 delegates met in March 1836 to both formally declare independence from Mexico and draft a constitution that would establish the Republic of Texas. The tall tales and inspiring stories of this tumultuous time in Texas history live on and can be experienced at the state historic site by visiting its three main attractions (Barrington Living History Farm, Independence Hall, the Star of the Republic Museum, and the Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site) or by checking out one of its major annual events including Texas Independence Day Celebration in early March. Enjoy a truly immersive historical experience at Living History Saturday, or celebrate Texas independence where the 59 delegates met to make history.
Learn more about Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site’s major annual events below, then plan your trip here. To see more events, visit the state historic site’s website.
Living History Saturday
Experience the events that lead to the birth of the Republic of Texas first hand at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site’s Living History Saturdays. Visit on the third Saturday of each month and you will see staff and volunteers dressed in period clothing that help illustrate what life was like at the dawn of the republic.
During your journey into the past, you can try your hand at writing with an old-fashioned quill pen, sign a copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence and play some early Texas games.
Not only will you find plenty of fun activities for the whole family, but you’ll come away with a much greater understanding of Texas’ culture, heritage, and history.
Fanthorp Focus Weekend
Nestled amid the rolling hills about 20 miles northeast of Washington on the Brazos, Fanthorp Inn stands as a wonderfully preserved example of a 19th century stagecoach inn. The 18-room inn had humble beginnings in 1834 as the simple dogtrot log cabin home of English immigrant Henry Fanthorp and his bride Rachel Kennard. Join us on the Second Saturday of the month as we focus on the different aspects that evolved the home into a well-known country inn that saw a variety of well-known visitors.
Texas Independence Day Celebration
On March 2, 1836, 59 delegates from across the territory met in Old Washington sign a formal Declaration of Independence from Mexico, a defiant act that would change the course of world history. Today, this momentous occasion is celebrated over two days where Texas officially became Texas. Live music, special performances, food and traditional crafts are only a small part of the event. Living history presentations and historical encampments transport you back to 1836. Along with all the goings-on, the state historic site offers free admission to all attractions, making it an ideal time to visit.
Juneteenth Heritage Celebration
Join Washington on the Brazos the weekend after Juneteenth as we celebrate African American families in Washington County with live performances, exhibitor booths, and presentations on African American culture and history in Texas. Admission is free.
Bark in the Park
Share a beautiful day at the park with your four-legged friends! Visitors are invited to bring their dog (on a leash) to the Washington on the Brazos State Park. There will be educational booths, adoption information and pet products for sale as well as animal demos. Entertainment and food will be available. Fun contests and activities will take place. Water will be provided for the pets.
Christmas on the Brazos
Ring in the holiday season in the most Texan way possible by heading to the birthplace of the Lone Star State in early December. Listen to period music, try hands-on activities like craft making, sample a variety of foods, and hunt for a one-of-a-kind artisan gift. The day’s events include costumed actors telling Charles Dickens’ Olde Time Christmas stories and special presentations providing insight into how early Texans celebrated the holidays. It all culminates with Candlelight Christmas at the Barrington Living History Farm, where you’ll experience the sights and sounds of the 1850s. Tour the decorated historic home of Dr. Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas; walk candlelit paths; and listen to the cheers from a rowdy band of Texian revelers.
Washington, TX 77880