Brenham, the county seat of Washington County, is on U.S. Highway 290 seventy-two miles northwest of Houston. The Hickory Grove community changed its name in 1843 to Brenham in honor of Republic of Texas hero Dr. Richard Fox Brenham, who had practiced medicine in the vicinity.
Brenham, known as the heart of the bluebonnet region in Central Texas and promoter of the Bluebonnet Trails, offers free maps to guide visitors along the most scenic routes to view the acres and acres of Bluebonnets. These routes also pass by historic sites and attractions.
As the county seat for Washington County, the county is also home of the “Birthplace of Texas,” the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836 in the town of Washington. A Texas Parks & Wildlife Department State Historic Park is now located at the site.
Brenham is also known for a German heritage festival that takes place each May called Maifest, similar to Volksfest.