Brazos Valley Bucket List - Texas History & Ice Cream In Washington County

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

It's the most historically significant spot in the Brazos Valley.

The-Washington-On-The-Brazos is an important place and the men who walked on the roads of town 175 years ago are legends, heroes, and fathers of Texas.

"Many, many people that we read about walked this street right here. And to think that I'm walking the same street and visitors get to walk on the same street as Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, all those gentlemen we read about, they where here. They were actually here," said park ranger Janice Campbell.

And it was right here on this site back on March 2nd, 1836 Texas signed its declaration of independence from Mexico.

"We look at the Alamo, Goliad, San Jacinto but this was just as important," said Campbell.

Sam Houston and Lorenzo de Zavala were just two of 59 men that signed the declaration while the siege at the Alamo was taking place. That moment in history was re-enacted in the 2004 film, The Alamo.

And since we're in Washington County, so close to Brenham, there is no reason not to stop and visit the Blue Bell Creamery.

"When people come here to visit, they get to see us doing what we do everyday," said Bill Weiss with Blue Bell.

Founded in 1907, just 71 years after the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Blue Bell is a southern staple and its headquarters are in the Brazos Valley.

During the week, hundreds of visitors file into the factory and with national ice cream month upon us, Blue Bell's newest flavor is gaining fans fast.

"Our new flavor is Caramel Kettle Crunch. It's vanilla ice cream, caramel swirl and caramel coated popcorn pieces. And they're still crunchy," said Leann Batts with Blue Bell.

"I thought the new flavor was really good! I could taste the popcorn in it," said Ian Adair.

Monica Schreiber's family from Spain came to the creamery for one, maybe two reasons.

"We're celebrating the World Cup, with ice cream," said Schreiber.

A sweet trip to Brenham for some Blue Bell Ice Cream and a poignant stop at Washington on the Brazos, a "twofer" on our Brazos Valley Bucket List.

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park
Washington, TX 77880
(936) 878-2213

Blue Bell Creamery
1101 South Blue Bell Road
Brenham, TX 77833-4413
(800) 327-8135


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