This county seat is situated in the east central part of Washington
County on a part of the league of land granted to a settler under
colonization laws of Coahuila and Texas. Its pronounced German
population began settling here in the 1860s. Home of Blinn College,
Texas' first county wide junior college, founded in 1883.
An antique carousel, only one of 12 in Texas, is the only example
of a C.W. Parker Carousel with Hershell-Spillman horses; manufactured
prior to 1910; in Firemen's Park. Visitors can view the beautiful
carnival ride at any time. Group tours, which includes a ride
on the carousel, may be arranged by calling 409-836-7911.
Brenham lies on Texas 36, a segment of the Ports to Plains Highway
connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.
Brenham lies along the Texas Pioneer Trail covering four-county
area. For additional information and map, contact the local chamber
BLUE BELL CREAMERIES
BURTON FARMERS GIN
MONASTERY OF ST. CLARE MINIATURE HORSE FARM
TEXAS BASEBALL HALL OF FAME MUSEUM
- BLUE BELL CREAMERIES - "The
little creamery in Brenham," founded in 1907 as Brenham Creamery
Co.; name change to Blue Bell in 1930 for wild flower that grows
in the area. With ice cream production of two gallons a day in
1911, the popular creamery is now home of who many believe is
the ultimate ice cream in the United States. In 1981, Time magazine
devoted a major article to the best premium ice creams their enthusiastic
researchers could find. After seven pages of waxing eloquent about
luscious, delectable varieties, the feature concluded: Forget
all this, and resolve the next time you are in Texas to obtain
the best ice cream in the world, which is mad by Blue Bell Creameries
in Washington County..." Judge for yourself on free tours
at the plant that now produces 20 million gallons per year. Tours
are year round Mon. - Fri. usually at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; groups
of 15 or more need reservations. (All tours by reservation only
n March and April.) Blue Bell Country Store is open Mon. - Fri.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed major holidays.
1-800-327-8135. Two miles southeast of downtown on South Horton
Street (F.M. 577). Admission.
- BURTON FARMERS GIN - National
Historic Landmark built in 1915 and powered by 1925 Bessemer twin
type IV oil engine. Rare working reminder of era when cotton reigned
supreme in Brazos Valley. Guided tours; 12 miles west of Brenham
on J.S. 290. 409-289-3418 or 289-3402.
- ELLISON'S GREENHOUSES - Only
commercial wholesale greenhouse operation in the state that allows
public to tour its working operations. Five acres of greenhouses
produce year-round crops of foliage, mums, gloxinias, African
violets. Seasonally, half-acre greenhouses are filed with poinsettias,
tulips, Easter lilies, and hydrangeas. Poinsettia Celebration
on Thanksgiving weekend. Gift shop and tourism center at 1808
South Horton; open Monday - Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
409-836-0084. Greenhouse entrance at 2107 East Stone Street; 409-836-6011.
Tours Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission
- MONASTERY OF ST. CLARE MINIATURE HORSE
FARM - Home to group of Franciscan Poor Clare Nuns who
support themselves by raising miniature horses and by selling
handmade ceramics and other crafts in The Art Barn gift shop.
Open daily, 2 to 4 p.m. except Holy Week and Christmas; nine miles
northeast on Texas 105. 409-836-9652.
- TEXAS BASEBALL HALL OF FAME MUSEUM
- More than 450 pieces of memorabilia, including baseball signed
by 1938 New York Yankees, life-size wax figure of Nolan Ryan,
and Mickey Mantle's 515th home run ball. Hall of Fame Gift Shop
with T-shirts, baseballs, caps, trading cards, and other baseball
souvenirs. Open daily from 1 to 4 p.m. on Blinn College campus.
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