Independence Trail Region

Known as the "Birthplace of Texas" and revered as the one of Texas’ most significant historic places, it was here in 1836 that 59 representatives of the Texas settlements met to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico. A replica of Independence Hall marks the place where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed and the government of the Republic of Texas was created.

Barrington Living History Farm is a representation of the farm founded by Dr. Anson Jones, last President of the Republic of Texas. With Jones' daybook and accounts as their guide, the interpreters at Barrington Living History Farm conduct themselves much as did the earliest residents of the original farmstead, raising cotton, corn, cattle and hogs. Visitors take a step into the lives of Barrington’s earliest residents and participate in daily activities to better understand what life was like over 150 years ago.

Explore the Museum’s award-winning exhibition for an unparalleled look at the people, places, and events that shaped the character of the Texas we know today. Enrich the experience with an introductory video highlighting the significance of Washington-on-the-Brazos and enjoy the Showers Brown Discovery Center with hands-on, entertaining activities. Exhibits on the first floor offer a chronology of the early inhabitants, explorers, and settlers that were drawn to Texas for a variety of reasons. The second-floor exhibits delve into the social and cultural heritage of the unique people who came together to create the Republic of Texas. The Star of the Republic Museum is administered by Blinn College and is accredited by the American Association of Museums.