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Historical Texas

A History Lover’s Travel Guide To The Best Places In The Lone Star State
Compiled By Barbara Canetti

On The Section Cover:
The Starr Family Home State Historic Site In Marshall, Texas
One of 20 Texas Historical Commission Historic Properties
 www.texashistoricsites.com

Nacogdoches – Texas’s oldest town
Sterne-Hoya House Museum & Library
• 1830 House built by Texas Revolution leader Adolphus Sterne
• Donated to city in 1958, as a library and furnished in period pieces
• One of the earliest wine cellars in Texas
• Free tours
211 S. Lanana St

Durst –Taylor Historic House & Garden
• 1835 wood frame house
• Museum with fully functioning smokehouse, blacksmith shop, chicken coop, heirloom garden and sugar cane mill
304 North Street

Washington on the Brazos State Park – located on Brazos River at Washington;  site of March 2, 1836, meeting to make formal declaration of independence from Mexico.
• 293 acres of lush parkland
• Star of the Republic Museum (operated by Blinn College)
• Living History Saturdays at Independence Hall
• Volunteers dressed in period clothing bring life to the people and events of Old Washington, surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas
10 a.m. – 4:30 pm
• Texas Independence Day celebration

Burton
A tiny town in Washington County off Hwy 290 established in 1870 by German immigrants
• Texas Cotton Gin Museum at the Burton Farmers Gin, built in 1914, and the oldest working cotton gin in the US
• Cotton Gin Festival, April 2016

Chappell Hill
Northwest of Houston off Hwy 290
• Chappell Hill Bank – organized in 1907, as Farmers State Bank; attached to 1878 W.R. Reinstein Store; 5060 Main St., Chappell Hill
• Blue Bonnet Festival – April 9 – 10, 2016
• Providence Baptist Church – original built in 1866, rebuilt after fire 1873. 2.5 miles NW of Chappell Hill

Washington
• Barrington Living History Farm – 1850 home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of Republic of Texas

Brenham
Step in the Past Tours – every Saturday:  takes in seven attractions – Simon Theatre, Glessman Drug Store museum, Brenham Fire Museum and Heritage Museum, and the Giddings Wilkin House (oldest structure in town 1843) and Giddings Stone Mansion (1870).
• Chappell Hill Lavender Farm: March – October, 2250 Dillard Road

• Seward Plantation – 1850 – owned by the Seward family since foundation laid. Grounds include slave quarters and barns. 10005 FM 390

Giddings -100 miles west of Houston
• Texas Wendish Heritage Museum – preserves history of Texas Wends, Slavic immigrants from Eastern Germany. 1011 County Road 212 near Serbin
• Union Station Transportation Museum and the Rural Texas Tourism Center – renovated depot from 1871, by Houston & Central Texas Railway. 289 W. Railroad

Montgomery
• Began as a trading post in 1826, and birthplace of Texas flag
• Restored 19th century historic downtown district – retail shops
• Fernland Historical Park – historical homes

Schulenberg
Official home of the Painted Churches of Texas
There are more than 20 painted churches, including those in Dubina, High Hill, Praha and Ammannsville.
• Spring Antiques Festival – March 20 – April 5
• National Society of Artists – April 11
• Historical Museum – 631 N. Main Street

LaGrange
• Texas Quilt Museum – examples of traditional and art quilts from around the world. 140 W. Colorado
• Fayette County Courthouse – 1891

McKinney
• Chestnut Square Historic Village – public walking tours or by trolley
• 10 structures dating back to 1854, includes the 1920s Bevil House, used for receptions and events-
Georgetown
• Williamson Museum – cultural and historical heritage of • Williamson County – 716 S. Austin
• Historic Downtown – fine Victorian architecture

Bastrop
• Courthouse and old jail, 1883
• Bastrop Opera House – 1889 – known as Strand Theatre – 711 Spring Street
• Home Tour of Historic homes –
walking tour of 12 houses
(or an additional 9 on a driving tour)

Gonzales
• Site of first battle of Texas Revolution 1835
• Come and Get It flag born from this battle
• Braches House & Sam Houston Oak - 1840 – 8 miles east of Gonzales
• J.B. Wells House Museum – 15 room house built in 1885 – 829 Mitchell St.

Palestine
• Historic Anderson County Jail -1931
• Texas State Railroad – since 1881
• Braly Builders Supply – unusual hardware shop

Carmine
• Train Depot & Museum – the actual Southern Pacific
• Railroad Depot –248 Sylvan St.
• Many antique shops

Houston
Bayou Bend is the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882–1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world. The house is situated on 14 acres of organically maintained gardens in Houston's historic River Oaks neighborhood.