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Washington County Historical Commission


The purpose of the Washington County Historical Commission is:

  • To initiate and conduct programs for the preservation of the historical heritage of Washington County.
  • To locate historical buildings and sites and obtain historical markers.
  • To work with other persons, groups, organizations and agencies to preserve the history and heritage of Washington County and Texas.

Historical commission members are appointed by the Washington County Commissioners Court.

Officers & Committee Chairmen

Chairman: Thomas G. Stevens
Vice Chairman: MaryTom Middlebrooks
Secretary:  Beth Rothermel
Political Liaison:  Don Koester
Historical Markers (Interim):  Steph Jarvis
Historic Cemeteries:  Roman Moore
Historic Buildings:  Steph Jarvis

Other Contact information

Mailing Address:

Washington County Historical Commission
PO Box 297
Chappell Hill, TX 77426


The Washington County Historical Commission meets for a minimum of four meetings
per year.  At this time, the meetings are held quarterly on the second Tuesday of the month at
the Courthouse Annex.  All meetings are open to the public.

Recent projects

The commission conducted a "Gone to Texas" Youth History Camp for 30 children, ages 9-11, this past summer.  It was a great success and is intended to be an annual event.  The pictures (above) are from the camp.

On Thursday, December 1, 2021, the Washington County Historical Commission dedicated a Texas Historical Marker honoring the site of the 1838 Methodist Church at the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.  Those in the photo are Site Superintendent Jon Failor, Methodist. Historian Bill Hardt, and Tom Stevens, Commission Chairman. 

Current projects

The commission is currently surveying all markers, cemeteries, and historic buildings in the
county to assess their condition.  The commission is reaching out to property owners of Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL) and National Register (NR) properties to offer information and resources for the preservation of those structures. 

The commission will be partnering with the Brenham Independent School District and the Brenham Heritage Museum to offer a Historical Lecture and Trunk Show to children in the fourth and seventh grades.  The commission will partner with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Brenham's Tourism and Marketing Department to update for area visitors a directory of the County's most significant Historical Markers. 

Current deadlines

The Commission is accepting 2022 historical marker applications from March 1st - May 16.  Please contact the historical marker chair as soon as possible for more information and to receive an application form.   

Related links

Texas Historical Commission, https://www.thc.state.tx.us
Texas Historical Commission National Register FAQs, Click Here
The Handbook of Texas Online, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook
Texas Beyond History, http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/
The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu/