If you’re new to Texas it’s no surprise that you might want to dig into it’s history. Think about it. Sure, everyone’s heard of The Alamo, but what happened after that was the birth of the Texas Republic. Are you ready to explore? Then get ready to take a southeast central Texas daytrip to Washington-on-the-Brazos. There, on March 2, 1836, 49 men gathered in a building in the town of Washington within the Tejas territory. They were there to declare their independence from Mexico. Four days later, the Alamo would fall but the independence of the Republic of Texas was fueled.
Washington-on-the-Brazos is located halfway between Brenham and Navasota. If you’re coming from Austin, head east on 290 to Brenham, then north of Hwy 105. Drive 14 miles then turn onto FM 1155 and you’re there.
There are plenty of signs directing you to WOTB. If you’re coming from the College Station/Navasota area, exit Hwy 6 to Hwy 105, head west 7 miles, turn onto FM1155. You’ll find a replica of the original Independence Hall where it all began and take a stroll down historic Ferris Street. You can see what life was like 150 years ago on the Barrington Living History Farm. And from hands-on exhibits to historical items from Texas’ past, you’ll find the Star Of The Republic museum a learning experience for any age. And if it’s Saturday or Sunday, you can cap off the daytrip by jumping back on Hwy 105 heading back towards Navasota for a little Texas history bonus.
Take Hwy 90 east out of Navasota to Anderson, Tx, where you’ll find the historic Fanthorp Inn at the end of your 20 minute drive. The 18 room Inn is full of Texas history. Since the early 1800’s, it’s location made it a popular stage coach stop for everyone from Sam Houston to Ulysees S. Grant. Acquired by the state in 1977, it’s fully restored to it’s historic glory. There are year-round fun activities. Second Saturdays in the spring there’s “Stagecoach Days” with cowboy poets, musicians, and more, entertaining in an 1850’s style. The second Saturday in October, The Fanthorp Inn kicks off “Texian Days” with living demonstrations of life in 1850’s Texas. From quilting and weaving to blacksmithing and chuck wagon cooking, there’s something for everyone. Once you’ve completed this day trip, you’ll know what the “Spirit of Texas” is all about.