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Navasota and Washington on the Brazos

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Navasota is a cute little town northwest of Houston. It’s great for a day trip since the drive is only about 1 hour and 15 minutes. If you’re interested in the history of Texas, this area is the place to be. The first Anglo settlers arrived in 1822 and in 1854 the little town was big enough to get its own first post office. A few years later, Navasota became a stop on the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, which was a big step for the towns’ growing cotton industry. Today, the area is home to farms with livestock varieties, wineries and beautiful Victorian architecture.

Our first stop in Navasota was a Livestock Auction where you can attend auctions every Saturday in the morning. If you are interested how bidding is done or get some cattle, sheep or goats we recommend stopping here and check it out.

After the auction we drove into the city. Washington Avenue is Navasota’s main street. I recommend parking your car at Public Parking- Railroad & Washington (100 Railroad St). From here you can easily walk to the main sights. We started with two beautiful murals:
– “Greetings from Navasota” postcard mural, found on the parking lot of Zippy’s Liquor (310 E Washington Ave).
– “Music Mural”, found in the small alley next to Classic Rock Coffee Co (129 E Washington Ave).

After taking pictures and admiring the murals we strolled down Washington Avenue with it’s little stores and impressive cute architecture. The store “P Nemir Dry Goods Company” is a family owned store in business since 1911. That is pretty impressive. My favorite was Railroad Street which had the town’s best architecture.

Back in the car we drove by some historic buildings like the first Presbyterian Church, the County Chamber of Commerce, The Old First National Bank as well as some Victorian homes (most of them are private residencies).

Next on the agenda was a visit at the BeeWeaver Honey Farm. The farm offers tours, tastings, and classes almost all year round. I recommend joining the Public Hive Tour which you can book in advance. On the tour, you can join a Bee Expert and learn more about the little creatures. The beekeeper will explain the tools and practices of beekeeping, as well as the biology of the honey bee and parts of a hive. They have a store on the premises where you can buy lots of different honey, honey products and bee related home decor. The picnic area usually has food trucks on the weekends. It is definitely a place to spend some time there.

Last stop on this trip was Washington on the Brazos where we had a chance to dive even deeper into Texas history. Washington on the Brazos became famos in 1836 because this is the place where the Declaration of independence from Mexico was signed. The State Historic Site is a big park where you can spend hours exploring the history. You get the chance to visit a replica of Independence Hall and Barrington Plantation – a living history museum + farm. Staff (dressed up in costumes) takes you back to the 1850s where Barrington Plantation was the home of the last president of the Republic of Texas, Dr. Anson Jones. The buildings surrounding the plantation were recreated based on typical Texas architecture and information found in Dr. Jones’ private journals, diaries and account books. They did a beautiful job keeping this place alive.

We left Houston after breakfast around 10am and came back for dinner. We could have easily spend more time in Navasota and Washington on the Brazos but is was a very very hot day. The coffee shop we planned on going to was closed on the weekend, we weren’t hungry around lunchtime and only drank lots of water. So unfortunately, we don’t have restaurant or coffee shop recommendations this time. If you’re in the Houston area and need a fun day trip for you and out of town guests, this could be the one.

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