Welcome to Washington
A calm, quiet, and historic town along the Brazos River.
Washington is a small town in Washington County, Texas, that holds hundreds of years of Texas’ history. Owning a home in this naturally beautiful landscape endowed with history and culture around every corner can be thrilling for wealthy retirees and individuals in love with upscale houses with large farms.
Washington, also known as Washington-on-the-Brazos, is the "Birthplace of Texas." This history dates back to March 2, 1836. On this day, about 59 Texan delegates from across the state met at a hall in Washington and signed the historic "Texas Declaration of Independence," giving them independence from Mexico. This was almost immediately met with strong resistance from the Mexican Army, but eventually, the Texan Army overcame the resistance. In the immediate aftermath, the town served as the county's capital for a few years before the county seat was moved to Brenham. There was also a lobby to make it the capital of the then Republic of Texas, but Austin was favored instead.
Today, the replica of the Texas Independence Hall sits on the same piece of land where the original one was in Washington. Besides that, there are many other historic buildings, artifacts, and rare materials in Washington-on-the-Brazos. The town is ideally situated just over an hour from both Austin and Houston and less than half an hour from Brenham.
What to Love
- Rich historical museums and halls
- Tranquil town environment
- Vast farmland
Washington’s neighborhoods offer residents a lovely memory lane back into hundreds of years of astonishing history. Though the town's population is small, there are countless places for locals and activities to enjoy. Washington-on-the-Brazos is the place to buy a home for lovers of antiques and history.
The neighborhoods feature historic houses with modern, luxurious amenities.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Washington is the perfect example of a historic town with plenty of charm, with spacious ranches and open land. Because of this, most residents travel to nearby Brenham, Bryan, or College Station for shopping and dining.
Start by booking your charcuterie board and wine tasting, or reserve a place for a private event with family and friends at Chapelton Vineyards.
Need a spacious place to enjoy a family dinner? R Place is the local's popular dine-in and takeaway venue for American cuisines and barbecues. Apart from the delicious food, you can explore the many events that light up this place often.
Shopping is also a breeze in Washington-on-the-Brazos. Whether you want to update your wardrobe, gift a 200-hundred-old antique to a friend, or buy home decor or furniture, you will find what you seek.
Things to Do
This luscious historic town is bustling with things to do alone or with family. Notably, anyone would want to visit Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site the first chance they get after moving to the area. The picturesque and expansive park on the Brazos River has no competition for a picnic, sightseeing, and bird-watching. Inside the park, The Star of the Republic Museum and Independence Hall take you on an incredible journey down memory lane to meet the people who helped birth Texas.
Being the place where Texas was birthed, you can expect the Texas Independence Day Celebration to be a big deal in this great community. Every March 2, residents and scores of Texans meet at Washington to celebrate this special day in the state's history. Events of the day include kid's activities, band music, re-enactments, and other enjoyable treats such as storytelling.