Welcome to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, where the stories of the birthplace of Texas unfold. Our adult group tours offer a captivating journey inviting visitors to step back in time and experience the events that shaped our great state. Whether you're a history enthusiast, an educator, or simply a curious traveler, our guided tours will immerse you in the compelling narratives of this significant site, from the convention of the provisional government of 1836 to the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Join us for a guided tour as we explore the historic grounds, Independence Hall, and gain a deeper understanding of the Texas Republic's birth. Washington-on-the-Brazos is where legends were born, and we invite you to be a part of this extraordinary journey through the pages of Texas history. 

Tour Stops: 

Star of the Republic Museum 

Currently Closed for Renovation 

Barrington Plantation 

Visitors will have an opportunity to experience life in early Texas with a tour of Barrington Plantation, home of Anson Jones, last president of the Republic of Texas. Discover the sights, sounds, and smells of life on a small cotton plantation in 1850. Learn about farm chores such as plowing, feeding the chickens, working in the garden, cooking on an open hearth, or picking cotton. Life at Barrington changes with the seasons, so you will always find something new! Self-guided, approximately 1 hour allotted to see everything. The plantation is open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Plantation is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Walking shoes are recommended when exploring the grounds. 

Please note: For visitor and staff safety, whenever inclement weather (thunder and lightning) is present, Barrington Plantation will close and remain closed for 30 minutes after the last episode of thunder or lightning. 

Independence Hall and Townsite 

With a guided tour of Independence Hall, visitors will learn about the beginnings of the Republic of Texas, the convention of the provisional government of 1836, and the Texas Declaration of Independence. Tours leave from the Visitor Center and progress to a replica of Independence Hall on the old Washington Townsite. Tours last approximately 40 minutes and involve walking about 100 yards. Seating is available inside Independence Hall and the building is wheelchair accessible. 

Independence Hall/Townsite Public Tour Times: 
Weekdays: Tours for the public are offered Wednesday–Friday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. unless scheduled groups of 20 or more persons are touring at those times. Visitors may call ahead (936-878-2214 ext. 222) and check with the Visitor Center, or inquire upon arrival, regarding the availability of public tours for that day. No reservations are necessary for public tours on  
weekends: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. 

Visitor Center 

The Visitor Center is an excellent place to begin a tour of Washington-on-the-Brazos. This location provides restrooms, a gift shop, a comprehensive display explaining the various park sites and their historical significance, as well as the opportunity to buy tickets to all three sites. The Museum Store offers a wide range of Texas-themed items and keepsakes. No fee is required to enter the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Book Your Tour 

For groups of adults, please submit a tour request form. For information about student tours, please visit our School Program Options