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Tour Information - Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park

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On the day of the reunion between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., many of you may wish to visit one or more of the excellent sights that Washington-on-the-Brazos has to offer visitors.  Below are descriptions of all the sights, tours, times and ticket prices.

Visitor Center:
 
The Visitor Center is an excellent place to begin a tour of the park.  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 any and all of the park's three sites!.  The Visitor Center is open daily 9:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
 
The Visitor Center is Free.

Independence Hall and Washington Townsite Tours:
 
Tours leave from the front doors of the Visitor Center and progress past the amphitheater continuing to the Brazos River Overlook, Ferry Street, and ending at the Independence Hall replica building.  The Independence Hall Replica building is located in the exact spot where Martin Parmer signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.  This is also the location where Martin Parmer served as Chairman of the Committee that drafted the Constitution of the Republic of Texas.
 
Tour times for the Independence Hall and Townsite tours will be 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  The cost of the tour is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students.  Children 6 and under are free.

Star of the Republic Museum
 
Public tours of the museum are self-guided and last approximately one hour.  Opened on Texas Independence Day, March 2, 1970, the Star of the Republic Museum preserves the history of the Republic of Texas.
 
A special treat awaits the descendants of Martin Parmer in the Star of the Republic Museum.  Martin Parmer's cane is on display next to the famous painting of the Signing of the Texas Declartaion of Independence.  Martin Parmer's cane was donated to the Star of the Republic Museum by our own Frank A. Palmer of Merlin, Oregon in 2000.
 
The museum opens daily from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Tickets are $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for students.  Children 6 and under are free.

Barrington Living History Farm:
 
The home of Dr. Anson Jones which he called "Barrington" has been completely restored as a functioning Republic of Texas farm with main house, slave quarters, smoke houses, barn, animals, split rail fences and more.  Barrington farm allows the visitor to step back in time 155 years and see a farm as it would have appeared in the period Texas was an independent country between 1836 and 1846.  Dr. Anson Jones was the last President of the Republic of Texas.
 
Public tours of the farm are self guided and last approximately one hour.  The farm is open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students.  Children 6 and under are free.
 
Combination Tickets:
 
Includes Independence Hall, Barrington Farm and the Star of the Republic Museum. 
 
Adult Combo: $7.00
Student Combo: $3.00
Family Combo: $17.00 - Includes 2 adults and up to 5 students

Family History and Genealogy
 
For those wishing to use this time to discuss family history and genealogy, the Convention Center will remain open.  Be sure and bring your genealogy charts, photos and family histories to share with everyone.

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Martin Parmer's Cane in the Star of the Republic Museum