Brenham, Burton, Dime Box, Somerville, and Independence

Brenham, Texas

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Brenham should be overrun with refugees from Houston. This thriving community of slightly more than 12,000 is close to the ideal American small town— old enough to be interesting but enterprising enough to keep up with the times. Shaded residential streets still sport a number of antebellum and Victorian homes, and many of the early-twentieth-century buildings downtown are spiffed up and in use. Designated a Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission, Brenham has recently undergone major renovation in the form of new pocket parks, benches, and sidewalks. You’ll also find new businesses in some of the remodeled downtown buildings. Just blocks away it’s open country again—thousands of acres of beautiful farmland. In spring the bluebonnets and other wildflowers are magnificent, a carpet of color rolling to all horizons. Continue from to visit the reviving small town of Burton, population 325. One of the few vintage cotton gins in Texas is under restoration here as a National Historic Landmark, and there’s an interesting old shoe-repair shop next door.
Day Trips from Houston

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Day Trips from Houston

by Carol Barrington & Syd Kearney (The Globe Pequot Press)

Brenham should be overrun with refugees from Houston. This thriving community of slightly more than 12,000 is close to the ideal American small town— old enough to be interesting but enterprising enough to keep up with the times. Shaded residential streets still sport a number of antebellum and Victorian homes, and many of the early-twentieth-century buildings downtown are spiffed up and in use. Designated a Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission, Brenham has recently undergone major renovation in the form of new pocket parks, benches, and sidewalks.

You’ll also find new businesses in some of the remodeled downtown buildings. Just blocks away it’s open country again—thousands of acres of beautiful farmland. In spring the bluebonnets and other wildflowers are magnificent, a carpet of color rolling to all horizons. Continue from to visit the reviving small town of Burton, population 325. One of the few vintage cotton gins in Texas is under restoration here as a National Historic Landmark, and there’s an interesting old shoe-repair shop next door.

©  Carol Barrington & Syd Kearney/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Brenham
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Brenham, Burton, Dime Box, Somerville, and Independence

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