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Brenham is, perhaps, best known to most Texans for Bluebell Ice Cream, but it is an area rich in history and tradition and beautiful scenery. Find out more in the tabs below!

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  • Rockin’ Star Ranch – Simply amazing.
  • Southern Rose Ranch
  • Still Waters Ranch
  • Prairie Hill
  • Murski Homestead
  • Sycamore Cottage
  • Far View
  • Hackberry Hill Cottages
  • Front Porch
  • Scenic Hill Vacations and Retreat Center
  • Brenham House
  • Circle B
  • The Birdsong Cottage
  • Inn at Nueces Canyon Ranch
  • The Cottage at Chappell Hill
  • Country Place Cottage
  • Stonebrook Farm
  • Wakefield Farms
  • Doe Run Creek Inn
  • Inn at Indian Creek
  • Southern Rose Ranch
  • Ant Street Inn
  • Quebe Farm Guesthouse
  • House of Atreus
  • Brazos B&B
  • Tara Farms
  • Guest House at Washington
  • Lillian Farms Country Estate
  • Cottages of Winedale

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The Painted Churches of Texas

Have you ever stumbled across something that totally surprised you and delighted you? That is precisely what I felt the first time I came across The Painted Churches of Texas back in 2005.

Located in an around Schulenburg, TX for the most part, these humble churches, at least on the exterior, cloak a treasure of beauty within their walls.

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(Shops listed in Schulenburg)

Barn Birds 609 Paulus St., Schulenburg, TX 789562.

Evelyn’s Antiques 106 Kessler Ave, Schulenburg, TX 789563.

Once Upon An Antique 523 N Main St., Schulenburg, TX 78956

The Painted Churches 

The Painted Churches Map

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Seven of these churches are all within a half hour drive of one another. Definitely worth your time!

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Katy Texas Day Trips
February 52015

Katy, Texas, is a vibrant and rapidly growing community just west of Houston. Founded in the 1870’s, Katy was originally known as Cane Island, named after Cane Island Creek that still runs through it. It wasn’t until 1945, however, that Katy became incorporated as a town.

The older part of Katy is a community of quiet, tree-lined streets which reflect the laid back atmosphere of a small town. Historically, Katy was a major agricultural center, especially rice farming, and a railroad hub. At one time Katy was also home to one of the one of the largest gas fields in this part of Texas, over 30,000 acres in the 1940’s.

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Old town Katy is worth a visit. Check out this site for more or watch this short video.

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George Bush Park

Location: George Bush Park (Map) 16756 Westheimer Parkway Houston, Texas 77082

Hours: 7:00 am until 10:00 pm

Park Features

  • Baseball Field
  • Boardwalk
  • Creek
  • Dog Park
  • Equestrian Trail
  • Fishing
  • Hike and Bike Trail
  • Meeting Room
  • Model Airplane Airport
  • Nature Trail
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic/Barbecue
  • Playground For All Children
  • Pond
  • Restrooms
  • Scout Overnite Camping
  • Shooting Range
  • Soccer Field
  • Walking Trail
  • Wetland Habitat

Mason Creek Park & North Hike and Bike Trail

Location: Mason Creek Park & North Hike and Bike Trail (Map) 2500 Porter Road Katy, Texas 77493

Hours: Open 24 hours

Park Features:

  • Creek
  • Fishing
  • Hike and Bike Trail
  • Wetland Habitat
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Find out more about these at the links below:

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Mary Jo Peckham Park

Hours: 7:00 am until 10:00 pm

A few of the park features:

  • Community Center
  • Fishing
  • Gazebo
  • Jogging Trail
  • Koi Pond
  • Lake
  • Lighted Walking Trail
  • Miniature Golf Course
  • Picnic/Barbecue
  • Playground For All Children
  • Restrooms

Katy Park

Hours: 7:00 am until 10:00 pm

Park Features:

  • Baseball Field
  • Gazebo
  • Jogging Trail
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic/Barbecue
  • Restrooms
  • Soccer Field
BBQ

There are a number of great BBQ places to eat in the Katy area.

  • Rudy’s BBQ is perhaps my favorite. They are located just off I-10. Expect it to be busy, even though it is quite large, it is just that good!
  • Midway BBQ is another BBQ place worth mentioning and is located in old town Katy,  It has been around for a number of years.

Seafood

Many more Katy restaurant listings here.

Shopping

In Old Town Katy there are a number of quaint, boutique shops and eateries as well as Katy Mills Mall, with over 200 stores and restaurants.

So what is there to see and do in Katy? Quite a lot!

Katy is also home to Katy Mills Mall, home to many fine stores and shops and restaurants… over 200, at last count!

 

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Richmond Texas Day Trips
August 282013

In 1822, a group of Austin’s colonists went up the Brazos River, stopping near present day Richmond where they built a fort called Fort Bend. Named after Richmond, England, the town was among the 19 cities first incorporated by the short-lived Republic of Texas, in 1837.

Early residents of the city include many prominent figures in Texas lore such as Jane Long, Deaf Smith, and Mirabeau Lamar, who are all buried in Richmond. On August 16, 1889, the town was the site of the “Battle of Richmond,” an armed fight culminating the Jaybird-Woodpecker War, a violent feud over post-Reconstruction political control of Fort Bend County. The Mayor from 1949 until his death in 2012 was Hilmar Moore.

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The San Jacinto Monument, standing slightly over 567 feet in height is the monument that remembers the battle of San Jacinto, which was the deciding battle of the Texas Revolution, where Texas won its independence from Mexico and became the Republic of Texas, a sovereign nation. The monument was not built until the 1930’s, from 1936 to 1939, and it was formally dedicated on April 21, 1939. It is also happens to be the world’s tallest monumental column and is part of the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site.

There is also an elevator you can take to the monument’s observation deck, where you view of Houston and also the battleship the USS Texas.

At the base of the San Jacinto Monument is a museum of the history of the battle and also of Texas culture and Texas heritage.

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Rosenberg was named after Henry von Rosenberg who migrated from Switzerland to the United States in 1843.

Rosenberg began as a shipping point on the Brazos River, and reached a boom in the late-18 and early 1900s as the railroads developed. It grew to become a center of commerce in the 1940s and 50s, and was knows as the “Hub of the Gulf Coast.”

Find out much more about what you can see and do in Rosenberg at City of Rosenberg , Visitors page.

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Washington-on-the-Brazos is known as “the birthplace of Texas”, a distinction it earned when on March 1, 1836 it became the meeting place of the Texas delegates who formally announced Texas’ intention to separate from Mexico and who drafted the constitution of the new Republic of Texas, organizing an interim government to serve until an officially elected government could be put in place.

The delegates declared independence on March 2, 1836. Their constitution was adopted on March 16. The delegates worked until March 17, when they had to flee, along with the people of Washington, to escape the advancing Mexican Army. The townspeople returned after the Mexican Army was defeated at San Jacinto on April 21. Town leaders lobbied for Washington’s designation as the permanent capital of the Republic of Texas, but leaders of the Republic passed over Washington in favor of Waterloo, which later was renamed Austin.

Washington County was created by the legislature of the Republic of Texas in 1836 and organized in 1837 and Washington-on-the-Brazos became the county seat. Although the county seat moved to Brenham in 1844, the town continued to thrive as a center for the cotton trade until the mid-1850s, when the railroad bypassed it. The strife of the Civil War took another toll on the town, and by the turn of the 20th century it was virtually abandoned.

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Bellville is a city in and the county seat of Austin County, Texas, in the southeastern part of the state. The population was 3,794 at the 2000 census. Bellville was named for Thomas B. Bell, one of Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred, after he donated land for the new county seat established by voters in 1846. The original county seat was located in San Felipe. Bellville is located at the intersection of State Highway 36 and State Highway 159 as well as FM 529, FM 1456, and FM 2429.

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