The charming village of Chappell Hill may seem like the Brigadoon of Texas, so true is it to its time. Settled in 1847 and named for early Texas hunter Robert W. Chappell, Chappell Hill thrived as a stage stop on the Houston-to-Austin/Waco run and became the cultural center of Washington County, the home of two four-year universities. But the fickle tides of progress soon flowed on, and visitors today often feel they have stumbled on a quiet place left over from the 1880s. The universities have long closed, their charters transferred to become the seeds of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Antiques stores have begun to fill some of the vacant buildings along Main Street. about 1932, and the entire town looks like a stage set for Bonnie and Clyde. Fact is, one member of the Barrow This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Houston. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.
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