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Washington County Events in January

December 16th, 2013 by Pamela Murski

Washington County Events for January:  Time to kick of the New Year off with a weekend getaway to Washington County! Here’s just a sampling of what to do…….need help or more ideas?  Email us:  pamela@murskihomesteadbb.com or  Give us a call 877-690-0676

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Antiques Shows

 Brenham Winter Antiques Show:   January 4 & 5.   Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This new location at the Washington County Fairgrounds Event Center, 1305 E Blue Bell  Road, Brenham, TX  is an all-indoor show.  Show planner,  Rural Antiques Shows of Texas,  features time honored furniture & collectibles of the 19th & 20th centuries plus all manner of vintage objects that can be used in creative ways around the home & yard.  Antique hunters will find period glass, china, sterling, original paintings, estate jewelry, vintage baskets, old toys, linens, period advertising signs and those hard to find collectibles so popular today.  Food, catered by The Garden Cafe, will be available  on site both days.

Butchering and Curing:    January 11 & 12

For foodies and and the new breed of home farmers, you  don’t want to miss this educational program at Barrington Living History Farm, home of Dr. Anson Jones, last president of the Republic of Texas.   It is located within Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105, between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155

Butchering livestock was a very necessary way of life in the mid-19th century.  Many of the animals raised on the farm were raised for that purpose. Pork has been preserved by drying, salting and smoking for centuries. There are different ways of curing, but they all serve the purpose of preserving it to eat later.

We will be butchering a hog on Saturday and beginning the curing process on Sunday.  This program will be ongoing, so if you want to see every step you have to attend the entire event.  Steps will not be repeated once the resources have been used up.   And, please be aware that the program is weather dependent.

Uptown Swirl

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Brenham UpTown Swirl:  January 18  from 3 – 7 p.m.

What better way to kick off the new year than to give or receive an afternoon and evening of wine tasting in quaint stores around Brenham’s downtown district!   With 27 different participating locations, each will offer different wines for tasting.  Part of the fun (beside tasting some really great wine) is getting to see all the great wares offered in each shop and looking for that special keepsake to take home with you.  A taste of some of the stops for tasting and shopping with a really cool vibe that we recommend you not miss are Nellies, Book Nook, Tres Chic, Antique Gypsy, Brenham Heritage Museum, American Man Cave,  and Hermanns Furniture.

There are several ways to procure your ticket and beautifully etched keepsake wine tasting stem!   Beautifully boxed, keepsake wine glasses are available at participating merchants for just $25 by December 31.  On January 1 (until sold-out), glasses are $30……Or, you can pay online and pick up your glass on the day of the Swirl!  Glasses ordered online can be picked up at the gazebo, on the square, in Downtown Brenham.   Maps showing locations of tasting, along with the wine being sampled at each, will be available at the gazebo on the day of the event!


Toubin Park (ongoing):  While downtown, be sure to stop by Toubin Park where you will discover a little bit of history about Brenham and actually get to see one of the discoveries made during renovations in downtown a few years ago.  Now open to the public for viewing is one of the underground cisterns which was built to supply downtown Brenham with a water source for fighting fires to prevent the destruction of our town.  This cistern system, the first of its’ kind in   was built by our forefathers after the burning of Brenham in 1866.  Enjoy the Wild West story of why these cisterns were built. It’s a tale of an early railroad, a rough Boom Town, and colorful characters who shaped Washington County’s history.  Follow the intriguing details of the 1866 Burning of Brenham and the large gunfight that led to the fire. Learn how Brenham citizens banded together to protect themselves and their properties from oppressive Union troops during Reconstruction.

Archeological Site Brenham Texas

Downtown Brenham History

Downtown Brenham Architecture and History:  Strolling the streets of historic downtown Brenham is a lesson in history and architecture and delight to the mind.  This is a great way to spend your time when coming to town to enjoy Washington County Events.  Download the pdf map for your own customized walking tour of historic Brenham!

Visit Burton (ongoing):  This tiny little village is home to The Burton Farmers Gin.  Built in 1914,  it is the last surviving, operating turn-of-the-century air system gin, on the original site with the original equipment, in the United States of America. Burton’s offerings include such events as The Texas Ranger Days, Haunted History Tours, Oktoberfest, Antiques Shows, Cotton Gin Festival with Barn Dance and Gala, Artisans & Farmers Market,  plus great and authentic food from German to Country French!

With so many great Washington County Events in January, you’ll be sure to want to spend the night!  Book your room with us at the ranch and enhance your stay in Washington County with some of our great hospitality…..enjoy the outdoor spa, breakfast in bed packages, cooking classes and the ambiance of a time treasured home from the 1800’s that has been restored to reflect the amenities of today!

Washington County History

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