Washington County, Texas

Washington County, Texas History, Genealogy, Old Photos, Postcards, Maps, and Information

Washington County is in the Blackland Prairies region of southeast central Texas, surrounded by Brazos County to the north, Grimes County to the northeast, Waller Countyto the east, Austin County to the south, Fayette County to the southwest, Lee County to the west, and Burleson County to the southwest.

Cities, Towns and Communities

Brenham – county seat | Burton | Chappell Hill | Evergreen | Gay Hill | Independence | Jacksonville | Latium | Mount Vernon | Muellersville | Mustang | Phillipsburg | Prairie Hill | Quarry | Rock Island | Tigertown (Tiger Point) | Union Hill | Washington-on-the-Brazos (Washington, Old Washington) | Wesley


Washington County 1858. Washington County is on the west side of the Brazos, that river marking the eastern boundary. This county was settled in the early history of Texas, and still numbers among its inhabitants many of the pioneer families, who are now enjoying, in comfortable independence, their hard-earned rewards. The county has much substantial wealth. The face of the country is level, with much prairie, excepting on the water-courses. Cotton is the most important production, and one for which the climate and soil are well suited. Brenham is the county-seat, and quite a thriving place. At this time (1857) there are signs of vigorous improvement, and many new buildings going up ; and the ox-wagons, the “peculiar institution” of this country, are hauling away cotton, and returning with merchandise and building materials. The mechanics are all fully employed., and wagons, ploughs, and furniture, are turned out in goodly quantities. The constant din of mechanical sounds, as the rough and stubborn wood and metals are fashioned for the convenience and comfort of man, be  speak a thriving community.  Continue Reading Washington County History from Braman’s information about Texas, 1858 >>

Washington County History from the Handbook of Texas Online

History of Brenham and Washington County, 1915 by Mrs. R. E. Pennington.  Digital book online

History of Washington County, 1949 by Charles F. Schmidt

The Blazing Story of Washington County, 1950 by W. O. Dietrich

Historic Homes of Washington County, 1971 by Betty Cantrell Plummer


Washington County 1920 Landowners Map from Historic Map Works

Washington County 1940 General Highway Map

Washington County 1961 General Highway Map


Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library
100 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 337-7201

Washington County Genealogical Society
211 South Day St., Suite 105
Brenham, TX 77833

Washington County TXGenWeb site


BrenhamTX 30° 10′ 0.7788″ N96° 23′ 51.8784″ W