Forty nine men gathered together at Washington-on-the-Brazos,Texas on March 1, 1836. They drafted a Declaration of Independence and approved it the next day, on March 2, 1836. Thus was born the Republic of Texas, an independent nation nestled between the United States and Mexico; it lasted until 1846.
March 2, 2011, marks the 175th Anniversary of the creation of the Republic of Texas at Washington-on-the-Brazos, abut an hour north of our Cat Spring Texas Bed and Breakfast. This event will be celebrated February 26 and 27, 2011 with a festival at the Washington-on-the-Brazos Historical Park and free admittance to the Star of the Republic Museum.
Special events include a commemorative program featuring U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, the sharing of some tasty Texas-sized birthday cake, and a performance of The Convention of 1836 by the Navasota Theater Alliance. In addition, there’ll be period re-enactments, performances by living historians, and a variety of craftsmen demonstrating early 19th century crafts.
Many guests of our Cat Spring Texas Bed and Breakfast don’t wander too far off our ranch (after all, with 650-acres to explore, there isn’t really a need to leave). Those who do enjoy poking around local antique shops and exploring the land and history of Central Texas. History buffs will definitely want to leave the confines of the ranch the weekend of February 26, 27, 2011 in order to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of Texas Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos.
More information about the festivities at Washington-on-the-Brazos may be found at the Birthplace of Texas.
Photo by Dragna Photography.