On March 2, 1836, while the siege at the Alamo raged, 59 elected delegates gathered in Washington, Texas to declare independence, write a new constitution, and elect an interim government. Risking everything, their actions legitimized the Revolution and changed the world forever.  

On March 31, 2021 the Washington-on-the-Brazos Historical Foundation and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site premiered the original film, “Independence! A Lone Star Rises.” 

This film illuminates the creation of a new nation and government at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Featuring an original score by Grammy-nominated composer David Arkenstone, “Independence! A Lone Star Rises” was filmed with participation from local Brazos county students, Texan reenactors, and award-winning director Gary Foreman of Native Sun Productions. 

The Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site complex, which includes Barrington Plantation State Historic Site and the Star of the Republic Museum, is open for visitors. Social distancing and face coverings are recommended when entering buildings.    

This project is made possible by Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, Washington-on-the-Brazos Historical Foundation, and the Texas Historical Commission.