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TPWD News Release — March 14, 2005

Actors and Audience Re-Create Texas Convention of 1836

AUSTIN, Texas – Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is known as the birthplace of Texas for good reason – on this ground in 1836, 59 men signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, wrote the first constitution for the Republic of Texas, and organized Texas’ first workable government. On April 2 and 16, this historic site will host a play that re-enacts the events that took place at the Convention of 1836, arguably the turning point in the Texas Revolution.

There are two free performances on each day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The play lasts about 45 minutes, and features professional actors.

As the actors portray the delegates, audience members will be called upon to participate.

“They vote on some of the issues that the actual delegates were faced with,” said Beth Taylor, executive director of the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association.

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is located between Brenham and Navasota off State Highway 105 on FM 1155. Directions and more information are available online at or by calling (936) 878-2214.