Texas Roots & Sweet Treats in Brenham, Texas
The birthplace of Texas is a must-see on your southern road trip - find out why!
They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and for Brenham & Washington County, that includes their state pride and their ice cream scoops. Rediscover America recently chatted with Jennifer Phillips, a Visit Brenham destination expert, about where we to experience Texas history and just enjoy a day in the area.
Where would you take a know-it-all local to show them something new?
You can also check out the Giddings Stone Mansion, which was home to J.D. Giddings, who is credited for starting the Washington County Railroad Company and bringing the railroad through Washington County, although his family history is much deeper than that. There is no shortage of history tied to our community.
Just outside of Brenham, you have the Peeka Ranch Alpacas in Burton, Texas, where you can pet and feed our friendly alpacas. You also have the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm, which is a great way to take in the scenic wildflower hillsides we have in Washington County.
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For over 100 years, Blue Bell Ice Cream has been made in Brenham, Texas. There's a visitor center that tells the history of the company, an observation deck so you can see ice cream being packaged, an ice cream parlor, a gift shop, and the Texas High School Baseball Museum. The ice cream scoops are just $1, HUGE and feature flavors that aren't always in stores yet!
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