The two-day celebration at the 293-acre park along the Brazos River transports visitors back to the time when Texas was a sovereign nation. Costumed re-enactors and members of the Texas Army, along with skilled craftsmen and talented musicians, fill the park as Texas commemorates its inception. Re-enactors portraying statesmen of the era, such as Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin and Anson Jones, will be on hand to explain the importance of Texas independence. On both days, vendors will be selling a variety of festival foods and drinks.
The Washington-on-the-Brazos Park Association’s new Web project, the Spirit of Independence, will be previewed at the park’s Visitors Center. The interactive Web site is being constructed to allow teachers and students access to the historic site’s wealth of information and primary sources. The Spirit of Independence project is designed to increase awareness of the unique place Washington-on-the-Brazos holds in Texas history.
Also on Independence Day weekend, the Star of the Republic Museum at Washington-on-the-Brazos will open a new exhibit titled “Texas Transformed: Early Maps of Texas.” On display will be the largest map of Texas, measuring roughly eight feet square, on loan from the Texas General Land Office. Charles W. Pressler, who worked for GLO for 50 years, drafted the map in 1879. The Pressler map will be exhibited through March 22. Other rare maps, including the first to identify “Tejas” as a place, will be on display through Aug. 31.