Washington County, Texas: Brenham – Independence – Chappell Hill

Washington County is one of the most desirable and strategically located counties in Texas—the pre-eminent rural county in close proximity to Houston. Its rich past and natural beauty, reflected in historic towns such as Independence and Chappell Hill, intrigue both visitors and eager new residents.

Titled the “Birthplace of Texas,” Washington County is where Texas declared its Independence from Mexico. Historic farming families built the region and still set the cultural tone for many of its businesses, farms and churches.

Washington County’s pastoral setting and temperate climate are ideal for livestock, wildlife and agriculture. A haven for antique collectors, quarter-horse admirers and barbecue connoisseurs, the county offers a welcome reprieve from city life. Yet it’s alive with activity: football, fine dining, festivals, dances and parades. Quiet country roads are favorites with cyclists and runners. And, each spring, Washington County produces a rainbow of wildflowers that is nothing short of spectacular. Washington County is, as Blue Bell Ice Cream’s ads declare, “a piece of heaven on earth.”

Quiet country roads in the hills surrounding Gates Ranch are a favorite with cyclists.