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Bay City, TX 77414
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Arts & Museums
The Brazoria County Historical Museum is located in downtown Angleton. This museum is where you will find a treasure of documents, publications, photographs, and a lot more on the history of the Brazoria County. See website for more information.
Visit this 480-acre park and see how things are done the cowboy way on a large cattle ranch. It's like taking a trip back in time to experience first-hand ranch living. You can watch the wranglers ride, rope and cook their food. Add some elegance to the tour by visiting the lovely Victorian-furnished home. If the kids are along, they will adore the enormous 1930s tree house. This is a living museum where you will learn about the commitment of the pioneers and black cowboys throughout history. The history of four generations of the George family is documented and available for viewing.
Train-lovers, history buffs, and even children will enjoy this journey back in time at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum. Your guided tour includes stops at the museum gallery where you can enjoy the exhibits of historical railroad artifacts as well as a video. Next stop: the education station complete with model trains, educational videos and train-themed activities featuring Thomas the Tank Engine for the children. Visit Tower 17 and find out how to keep trains on track or set off the warning bells for an arriving train. The little red caboose enchants children and adults alike as you find out what traveling on a train really looks like. Finish your trip with both free souvenirs for the children and a selection of gifts and magazines in the main station. - Lisa Carey
There is something about small, famous museums that draw people from afar, and this is one of the state's gems. Maybe it is because it was the dwelling place of Jane Long, "The Mother of Texas," or maybe because of the historical ranch activity. Whatever the attraction, visitors are able to follow much of Fort Bend county's history from the start of the Austin Colony in the early 1800s to the sugar cane pioneers. On the grounds you will be able to view the 1840s Long-Smith home as well as the 1883 Victorian residence of Texas Congressman John Moore.
We all love sugar and this is where most of the Texas sugar refining is done. On the same grounds since 1843, the plant now imports most of its sugar. Everyone with a sweet tooth or an interest in industrial processes can tour the facilities to see how sugar is cultivated, processed and packaged. The company got its name in an unusual way. The original owner visited Manhattan and stayed in the luxurious Imperial Hotel. Impressed with the property, he decided to adopt the name for his company. A few years later the city (Sugar land) was named in honor of the plant.
If you want to learn about everyday life in the south during the 19th century, head to the Museum of Southern History. It features mid-19th century artifacts, clothing and quilts along with Civil War uniforms and weapons. Special exhibits include a sharecropper's cabin, a chuck box that was used on cattle drives, the Texas Rangers and the Battle of Galveston displays of the American Civil War. The museum also has a research library and a separate room for traveling exhibits.