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Brenham, Texas

Brenham, the county seat, is situated in the east central part of Washington County which is home to more than 120 historic sites and markers, many from the Texas Revolution era. The Texas Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed in this county and a state historical park is located on the site. It was settled on a part of the league of land granted to a settler under colonization laws of Coahuila and Texas. Its predominantly German population began settling here in the 1860's. Brenham is the home of Blinn College, Texas' first county-owned junior college, founded 1883.

Brenham's "Main Street" district is the heart and soul of Washington County. The historic downtown features a variety of shopping opportunities. Brenham was named a "National Main Street City" for the two consecutive years, 2001 and 2002.

Bluebonnets and other wildflowers bloom in profusion along county roads in March and April. The chamber of commerce provides a free "Bluebonnet Trails" map, which outlines the most scenic route for viewing.

Brenham lies halfway between Houston and Austin on State Hwy 290 and on Texas 36, which is a segment of the Ports to Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Monastery of St. Clare Miniature Horse Farm

The Monastery is home to a group of Franciscan Poor Clare Nuns who support themselves by raising miniature horses and by selling their handmade ceramic items in the "Art Barn" gift shop. Visitors are welcome to pet the horses, browse in the gift shop, and spend a few quiet moments in the Chapel.

Brenham, TX Animal Parks

Brenham Heritage Museum

The Brenham Heritage Museum is housed in Brenham's former U.S. Post Office. The Classical Revival structure, located in downtown Brenham, was built in 1915 and is on the National Register of Historic Places

Brenham, TX Museums

Unity Theatre

Unity Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in historic downtown Brenham. This 125-seat theatre, set in a restored warehouse, offers an intimate theatre experience within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and fine bed &

Brenham, TX Theatres

Downtown Brenham's Historic District

The shopping is great in downtown Brenham! Recognized as a National Register District for three consecutive years, downtown buildings reflect the town's early history and charm with over 40

Brenham, TX Historic Districts

Texas Baptist Historical Center & Museum

Organized in 1839, this park is an integral part of one of Texas' most historic sites. The original site of Baylor University for men and women was founded through the church in 1845. Sam Houston was converted and baptized in this church in 1854

Brenham, TX Museums

Things to do near Brenham, TX

Benbrook Lake Boating

Benbrook Lake has boat-launching ramps in all parks and at both marinas. These boat ramps are concrete and have from one to t...

Rockwood Golf Course -Blue/Red

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Shores Country Club, The

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...