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ON THE SECTION COVER: VISIT CHAPEL HILL

“Official State of Texas” 2018 Bluebonnet Festival, April 14 & 15, www.chappellhillmuseum.org
Compiled By Barbara Canetti & Barbara Kuntz

Map out your plans for a walk back in time with our suggestions of historic sites and places. From knowledgeable history buffs to children eager to learn, everyone will find a place — or places — as must-sees in this roundup.

 

AUSTIN
• Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.
• Bob Bullock Texas History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
• Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St.
• The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St.
www.austintexas.org

BASTROP
• Bastrop Opera House, 1889, 711 Spring St., a live theater venue rivaling many large town operations and offering a vast schedule of award-winning performances
• Tours of historic homes, including a walking tour of 12 houses or an additional nine on a driving tour
• Main Street Historic District
• Courthouse and old jail, 1883
• Bastrop State Park with rustic cabins for rent; abundant with
hiking trails and wildlife
www.visitbastrop.com

BEAUMONT
• Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum, Lamar University campus, 5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd.
• Crockett Street Entertainment District, 200 Crockett St., home to five historic buildings restored to host restaurants, nightclubs, concerts and more
www.beaumontcvb.com

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK
This 800,000-plus-acre park sits along the Chisos Mountains surrounded by the Chihuahuan Desert and is home to hundreds of bird species, as well as more than 1,200 species of plants and bountiful wildlife. The Rio Grande carves temple-like canyons in the ancient limestone along the U.S.-Mexico border. A haven for hikers, bird-watchers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts and an adventure for the entire family. A true Texas gem.
www.visitbigbend.com

BRENHAM
• “Step in the Past” tours every Saturday take in seven attractions: Simon Theatre, Glissman Drug Store museum, Brenham Fire Museum and Heritage Museum, the Giddings Wilkin House (oldest structure in town, 1843) and Giddings Stone Mansion (1870).
• Chappell Hill Lavender Farm, 2250 Dillard Road, March-October
• Seward Plantation, 1850, with grounds including quarters and barns, 10005 FM 390
www.visitbrenhamtexas.com

BURTON
• A tiny town in Washington County off Highway 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 United States
• Cotton Gin Festival every spring
www.burtontexas.org

CARMINE
• Train Depot & Museum, the site of the actual Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, 248 Sylvan St.
• Known as “The Gateway to the Antique Fair,” with numerous shops, including Carmine Trading Post, Neese’s Antiques and Unique Antiques
• The Texas Basketball Museum, 107 Augsburg Ave.
www.carminetx.com

CHAPPELL HILL
• Chappell Hill Bank, organized in 1907 as Farmers State Bank, attached to the 1878 W.R. Reinstein Store, 5060 Main St.
• Bluebonnet Festival, April 14 and 15
• Providence Baptist Church, originally built in 1866, rebuilt after fire in 1873
www.chappellhillmuseum.org

CROWLEY, LA.
• Acadia Parish: Heart of the Cajun Prairie, Joie De Vivre-A Little Joy of Living
www.acadiatourism.org   

GALVESTON
• Bishop’s Palace, 1892, 1402 Broadway
• Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Place
• Moody Mansion, 1895, 2618 Broadway, and many other historic homes
• U.S. Customs and Court House, 1861, 502 20th St.
• St. Joseph Church, 1859, 2202 Ave. K.
• The Strand
www.galvestontx.gov

GEORGETOWN
• Williamson County Courthouse, 710 Main St.
• Williamson Museum, cultural and historical heritage of Williamson County, 716 S. Austin St.
• Historic downtown with fine Victorian architecture
• Red Poppy Festival, Georgetown’s signature event, April 27-29
www.georgetown.org

GIDDINGS
• 100 miles west of Houston
• Texas Wendish Heritage Museum preserves history of Texas Wends, Slavic immigrants from Eastern Germany, 1011 County Road 212.
• Union Station Transportation Museum and the Rural Texas Tourism Center, a renovated depot from 1871, 289 W. Railroad St.
www.giddingstx.com

GONZALES
• Site of first battle of Texas Revolution, 1835
• “Come and Get It” flag born from this battle of the Texas Revolution
• Braches House & Sam Houston Oak, 1840, eight miles east of Gonzales
• J.B. Wells House Museum, 15-room house built in 1885, 829 Mitchell St.
www.gonzales.texas.gov

HOUSTON
Bayou Bend, part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the mansion of former Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882-1975), is situated on 14 acres of organically maintained gardens in Houston's historic River Oaks neighborhood. Inside, find a showcase of one of the finest collections in American furnishings, silver, ceramics and paintings in the world.
• Buffalo Bayou
• Holocaust Museum, 5401 Caroline St.
• Sam Houston Monument in Hermann Park, 6001 Fannin St.
www.visithoustontexas.com

JEFFERSON
• Numerous historic hotel and bed-and-breakfast accommodations
• Jefferson General Store, 1870s, 113 E. Austin St.
• Bayou Boat Tours on riverboats to learn how Jefferson was once a thriving riverport in the 1800s, 200 Bayou St.
• Historic Jefferson Railway & Gator Pit, an authentic steam, narrow-gauge train ride with narration of points of interest
• Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage from May 3-6, including the 64th Historic Home Tour, heirloom plant sale, quilt heritage exhibit and Pilgrimage Parade
www.visitjeffersontexas.com

KERRVILLE
• The Schreiner Mansion, 226 Earl Garrett St.
• Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St.
• Hill Country Arts Foundation Point Theater for performing arts under the stars, 120 Point Theater Road
• Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair, Sept. 29-30, Hill Country Arts Foundation grounds
• Kerrville Folk Festival, May 24-June 10
• Shopping district with specialty stores
www.kerrvilletexascvb.com

LA GRANGE
• Texas Quilt Museum, examples of traditional and art quilts from around the world, 140 W. Colorado St.
• Fayette County Courthouse, 1891
www.lagrangetx.org

LA PORTE
• San Jacinto Monument and Museum
www.sanjacinto-museum.org

MARFA
• The Chinati Foundation, with huge indoor and outdoor installations
• Ballroom Marfa arts center
• “Marfa Lights” phenomenon
www.visitmarfa.com

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
• Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, historic mansion built in 1900 housing an art collection and antiques and the site of a wealth of activities year-round, 205 W. Hunt St.
• Farmers market on designated Saturdays throughout the year
www.mckinneytexas.org

MONTGOMERY
• Began as a trading post in 1826 and birthplace of Texas flag
• Restored 19th-century historic downtown district with retail shops
• Fernland Historical Park with historic homes
www.montgomerytexas.gov

NACOGDOCHES
• Texas’ oldest town
• Sterne-Hoya House Museum & Library, 211 S. Lanana St., 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
• Durst-Taylor Historic House & Garden, 304 North St., in an 1835 wood-frame house with museum, including fully functioning smokehouse, blacksmith shop, chicken coop, heirloom garden and sugar cane mill
www.ci.nacogdoches.tx.us

NATCHITOCHES, LA.
• Louisiana’s oldest town, established in 1714, is known as the “Bed and Breakfast Capitol” of Louisiana and was also a filming site for the movie, “Steel Magnolias.”
• Cane River Creole National Historic Park, 400 Rapids Drive
• Oakland, Magnolia and more plantations
• Annual festivals from jazz, R&B and Zydeco to arts and crafts to barbecue and meat pie competitions
www.natchitoches.com

NEW IBERIA, LA.
• Shadows on the Teche
• Shadows Arts & Craft Fair, March 3, more than 100 vendors selling their hand-crafted items
www.ShadowsontheTeche.org

PALESTINE
• Historic Anderson County Jail, 1931, an Art Deco-style building now home to community events
• Carnegie Library, 1914, a registered Texas Historical Landmark, 502 N. Queen St.
• Texas State Railroad, since 1881, a three-hour ride in a vintage 1920s car takes passengers on a 25-mile journey
• Main Street District with 44 blocks of historic architecture plus shopping, restaurants, bakeries and more
• Braly Builders Supply, unusual hardware shop
www.visitpalestine.com

SAN ANTONIO
• The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza
• San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, 6701 San Jose Drive
• Hemisfair Park, including the Tower of the Americas and the Institute of Texan Cultures, 434 S. Alamo St.
• McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.
www.visitsanantonio.com

SCHULENBURG
• Official home of the Painted Churches of Texas, with more than 20 painted churches, including those in Dubina, High Hill, Praha and Ammannsville
• Historical Museum, 631 N. Main St.
• Annual Schulenburg Festival, family entertainment, first weekend in August
www.schulenburgtx.org

ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA.
• Writers’ & Readers’ Symposium, Feb. 7
• Small Writer’s Retreat, Feb. 19
• 47th Audubon Pilgrimage, March 16-18
www.stfrancisville.us

TYLER
• “Historic Tyler on Tour,” with seven houses of varying styles open to visitors, March 24-25
• Goodman-Le-Grand House & Museum, first property in Smith County listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 624 N. Broadway Ave.
• More historic homes
• Tyler Rose Garden Center and Tyler Rose Museum
• Tyler Historic Aviation Memorial Museum, located on the grounds of the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, 700 Skyway Blvd.
• Tyler Rose Festival with parade and queen’s coronation ball
www.visittyler.com   

WASHINGTON
• Barrington Living History Farm, 1850 home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of Republic of Texas
www.co.washington.tx.us

WASHINGTON-ON-THE-BRAZOS STATE PARK
• Located on the 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
• Texas Independence Day celebration
www.wheretexasbecametexas.org

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