The General Convention, which would decide the fate of Texas, met at Washington in March 1836. People revere Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site as the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. Thereafter, despite great personal risk, the delegates continued meeting until they had drafted a constitution and established the new nation’s first lasting government. The picturesque Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is located on the Brazos River. The expansive grounds provide a beautiful setting for picnicking, sightseeing, and birdwatching. The Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall, and Barrington Plantation offer the visitor a unique insight into the lives of the people who established the Republic of Texas.

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23400 Park Rd 12 
Washington, TX 77880 
Contact us
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Open Daily 

8 a.m.–5 p.m. 
Visitor Center 
9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Adult $8
Senior/Veteran/Teacher/First Responder $7
Child (6-17) $5
Child (5 and under) Free
Family (2 adults & 1 child) $20, each additional child $1

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Public Tours  
Special Events  
School Programs 

Visitors walking on a path in front of Independence Hall at Washington on the Brazos

Plan Your Visit

Step back in time and explore the birthplace of the Lone Star State. 

Event in the amphitheater at Washington-on-the-Brazos

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Main Barrington Plantation house.

Barrington Plantation

Discover the final home of Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas, now a Living History Farm.

Front of the Star of the Republic Museum

Star of the Republic Museum

The star-shaped museum commemorates the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the last capital of the Republic of Texas.

Events at Washington-on-the-Brazos

Town Company: A game of Money and Real Estate

A unique board game program designed to entertain and teach players about the Town of Washington and its history.

Quill Pen Writing

Try your hand at writing with a quill pen!

Washington-on-the-Brazos in the Blog

Independence! A Lone Star Rises

See the independent film, “Independence! A Lone Star Rises” produced by the Washington-on-the-Brazos Historical Foundation.

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Remember The Republic

To this day, the Republic of Texas captures the imagination of people across the globe. On March 2, 1836, the founders set in motion a series of events which created an identity that transcended politics and still lasts with us. Learn about some sites around the state that preserve its legacy.

Visit Eight State Historic Sites to Experience the Republic of Texas Era

Step back in time and experience the period of the Texas Republic in person or virtually at one of these Texas Historical Commission state historic sites.