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Washington County

Overview

This county named after the first president of the United States, George Washington, is steeped in history. This is where the Texas Declaration of Independence occurred during the Convention of 1836, and this is why Washington County is often referred to as the “Birthplace of Texas.”

The county’s topography is characterized by a rolling terrainwith varying elevations ranging from 200 to 500 feet above sea level. The Brazos River borders the eastern portion of the county, with creeks bordering the northern portion.

Washington County has an estimated population of 34,147 residents (as of2013) and a land area of 603.95 square miles with a population density of approximately 55 people per square mile. The majority of the population can be found in the city of Brenham, Washington’s county seat, with a recorded population of 16,101 people in 2013.

The county is traversed by three major highways: U.S. Highway 290, State Highway 36 and State Highway 105, with Brazos County bordering it in the north, Waller County in the east and Austin County in the south.

Real Estate

Real Estate in Washington County is composed primarily of homes on large lots, land, and farms and ranches with beautiful views and a relaxed atmosphere. The county has plenty of family-friendly communities to choose from that offer convenience and beautiful outdoor recreational hotspots within reach.

 

Events and Attractions

  • The “Maifest” German Heritage Festival – Happening every May, this traditional German event celebrates the arrival of spring in Brenham.
  • Brenham Area Parks – Brenham has lots of parks and recreational centers for residents to enjoy. You can head to the Blue Bell Aquatic Center, which contains a competitive pool, a heated therapy pool and an outdoor leisure pool. If you’re looking for a place to take the kids, you can visit Henderson Park, Hohlt Park and Jackson Street Park where you can enjoy playgrounds, picnic grounds, extensive walking trails, outdoor sports facilities and so much more.

 

Quick Facts

  • The county has eight unincorporated communities, one city (Brenham) and one township (Burton).
  • Washington County has a total of 67 sites registered under the National Historic Places. Truly, it’s one of the most historically significantplaces to live in Texas.