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Population: 13,500+Region: Prairies & Lakes
Located on US Hwy 290 and Texas HWY 36

Halfway between Houston and Austin, Brenham is in the historical county of Washington, home to more than 120 historical markers and sites . . . many from the Texas Revolution era. Brenham and the surrounding areas are well known for the bluebonnets and other wildflowers that bloom along the country roads and in the open fields in the months of March and April. (See below for Bluebonnet Trails info).

Their Main Street is the focal point of Washington County and has been designated a "National Main Street City". This historical district abounds with a variety of shopping, antique shops and eateries.

When planning a vist to Brenham, plan to stay in one of the over 40 Bed & Breakfast Inns located in and around Brenham. And, in addition to shopping in the historical district plan to visit the Antique Carousel (mfg. before 1910) and one of only eight in Texas. It boasts Herschell-Spillman horses and is fully restored.

No trip to Brenham is complete without a visit to the Blue Bell Creamery. Founded in 1907, Blue Bell churns out what many believe "to be the best tasting ice cream in the country." Tours are offered weekdays only.

Other places of interest to visit in Brenham are the Heritage Museum housed in the 1915 Federal Building; Monastery of St. Clare miniature Horse Farm operated by a group of Franciscan Poor Clare Nuns who support themselves by raising miniature horses and selling handmade ceramics and crafts.

The Nueces Canyon Equestrian Center and Resort has wworld-class cutting horse shows almost every weekend (open to the public); Pleasant Hill Winery in its picturesque hillside vineyard setting offers both tours and tastings as does the Windy Hill Winery.

Lakes: Somerville (More information here)

(All information should be verified for accuracy before traveling.)
Historical Downtown Brenham, TexasBluebonnets & Wildflowers around BrenhamPicture Courtesy Pleasant Hill Winery

Fields of bluebonnetsDowntown BrenhamPicture Courtesy St. Clare Miniature Horse Farm -

Bluebonnet Trails - Call for information: 888-273-6426

Antique Carousel - Admission Fee, 979-337-7250

Bed and Breakfast Registry - 888-273-6426

Blue Bell Creamery - Located off US 290 on FM 577 (southeast of downtown). Weekday tours only, Tokens required-check with hostess on arrival...first come-first served. For groups of 15 or more reservations are required and all visitors are required to have reservations during spring break and Easter.For info: 800-327-8135

Brenham Heritage Museum - 105 S. Market St, Admission, Open Wednesday-Saturday. Call for info: 979-830-8445

Lake Monastery of St. Clare Miniature Horse Farm - located 9 miles northeast on Texas 105. Call for info: 979-836-9652

Nueces Canyon Equestrian Center and Resort - Private tours available for groups. For info or reservations call: 979-289-5600

Pleasant Hill Winery - Take US 290 to Texas 36 South, then west on Salem Rd about 1-1/2 miles to FM 3456. Offers tours and tasting, corkscrew collection, vintage televisions and radios. For info: 979-530-8463

Windy Hill Winery - East off FM 50 at 4232 Clover Rd. Tasting room featuring wines of German and Spanish heritage of the owners. For info: 979-836-3252

Cities within 50-60 miles:

Cat Spring
Chappel Hill
Eagle Lake
Early Wine
Gay Hill
La Grange
Mill Creek
New Ulm
New Wehdem
Old Dime Box
Prairie Hill
Round Top
Sandy Hill


Rich in history, Washington County, where Brenham is located, was the site where the Texas Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed. A state historical park - Washington on the Brazos is located on the site. It was settled on land granted under the colonization laws of Coahuila and Texas. In the 1860's the land was settled mainly by Germans.

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