Saturday, January 28, 2017

Washington on the Brazos - Barrington Living History Farm

Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site is a large park along the Brazos River in Washington, Texas.  This is the location of Independence Hall - the rough frame building where early leaders of Texas declared their independence from Mexico in 1836. The Barrington Living History Farm is another part of the park.  This farm shows how families in Texas lived during the 1800's.  There are plenty of picnic areas and other recreation areas throughout the park.

Location: 23400 Park Road 12 Washington, Texas.  Washington is about 80 miles northwest of downtown Houston.  The nearest large town is called Navasota.

Cost: There is not entrance fee to the park, however there are site fees for the Star of the Republic Museum, the Living History Farm, and Independence Hall.  You can pay $5 per place or you can purchase a Brazos Pass for $9 that will get you into all three places.  Children under 6 receive free admission. There are also family pass options. If you have a Texas State Park pass you receive free admission to everything except the Star of the Republic Museum.

Operating Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day from 8:00 am to Sunset.  The Visitor Center is open from 10:00 to 5:00.  The Farm is open from 10:00 to 4:30.

Official Website:

Date of Visit: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

This part of my Texas Hill Country Day Trip Ideas series.  I'm catching up on writing about places my family visited when we were living in Fort Hood, Texas from 2013-2015.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bryson City, North Carolina

Bryson City, North Carolina is a resort town with a small town feel.  The city is located in western North Carolina in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. This is the home of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, but that's not all the town has to offer. White water rafting and kayaking are available in various locations near the town.  The town also has charming businesses and restaurants in the down town area.

Location: Bryson City is on the western side of North Carolina.  It is located just off of the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway/Highway 74.

Cost: Visiting the Bryson City is free, however plan to pay for the different attractions throughout town.

Helpful Website:

Date of Visit: Saturday, October 8, 2016

This was the second stop of the second day of our road trip to Tennessee and Kentucky in the fall of 2016.  We'd driven over the Cherohala Skyway that morning and now we were enjoying the beautiful North Carolina scenery. We were driving along Highway 19 when we entered Bryson City.


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