EVENT Texas Independence Day Celebration planned for March 2-3

Revered as the one of Texas’ most significant historic places, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site will mark the 177th anniversary of Texas’ Declaration of Independence with the Texas Independence Day Celebration, a two-day festival featuring live music, food, traditional crafts, living history presentations, firing demonstrations, historical encampmentTexs and commemorative programs on March 2 and 3.

At the birthplace of Texas, families can step back into history to experience life in Texas in 1836 by visiting with reenactors and witnessing firing demonstrations in the Texas Army camps. Take a virtual townsite tour or a workshop about Geocaching 101. Walk the trail where you can also see cooking, weaving, and period craft demonstrations. This State Historic Site features three attractions that are open year-round; special tours will be available during the festival: Independence Hall, the Star of the Republic Museum, and Barrington Living History Farm. All admission fees will be waived during the celebration weekend.

To honor the sacrifice and dedication of the 59 delegates who met at Independence Hall at Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836 to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico, a special commemorative ceremony and reenactment will open and close each day of festivities.

Troubadour Craig Toungate will present “In the Shadow of Giants,” a one-man show with original music on March 2 and 3 at 1 p.m. Toungate's show follows the exploits of Meredith Toungate, his great grandfather, and Robert Hancock Hunter through the Texas Revolution. Toungate has been a featured singer on 50 recordings, with top name artists including Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely and Chuck Berry.

The Star of the Republic Museum’s new exhibit, “The Substance of Life: Texas through the Eyes of Theodore Gentilz,” opens March 2 and continues through May 31. Gentilz, a Frenchman, came to Texas in 1844 as a surveyor and later moved to San Antonio, where his art focused on the everyday life of the indigenous cultures, including Indians, Mexican ranchers and villagers. The exhibit includes 16 oil paintings dating from the mid-19th century.

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, is located at 23400 Park Road 12 in Washington, Texas, off State Hwy. 105 on FM 1155 (about halfway between Navasota and Brenham, and approximately one hour northwest of Houston)

Directions and a complete schedule of events will be available prior to the event at www.birthplaceoftexas.com/events.htm. Call 936-878-2214 for additional information and visitwww.visitbrenhamtexas.com for nearby lodging suggestions.

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