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Texas Attractions: Chappell Hill Historic District
City: Chappell Hill
Location: Eight miles east of Brenham
About Chappell Hill Historic District:
The Chappell Hill Historic District, located east of Brenham via Highway 290, is a collection of restored buildings that make up the townsite of Chappell Hill, originally founded in 1847.
Administered by the Chappell Hill Historical Society, the site now includes a visitor's center, a museum, the old Providence Baptist Church, the Old Rock Store, plus other historic churches, a Masonic cemetery and more around the area.
The Providence Baptist Church dates to 1873. The visitor's center is now in the restored church parsonage.
The museum is housed in the last public school building of the Chappell Hill Independent School District, which is located on the site of the Chappell Hill Female College. The museum details the up - and then down - history of Chappell Hill through photos, documents and artifacts.
The Chappell Hill Historic District also hosts events and festivals throughout the year, the schedule for which can be found on the Web site.
Guided group tours are available Wednesday-Saturday. The tours cover the Visitor's Center, Providence Baptist Church, the Old Rock Store, museum, and the Chappell Hill United Methodist Church, plus the history of two historic houses. Groups can specify in advance which sites they want to tour; a tour of five sites, including time for lunch, takes approximately three hours.
Visitors are always welcome to tour the museum on their own during regular hours. Those hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday 1-4 p.m. The visitor's center is open Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon; Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The number listed above is for the visitor's center. The museum can be reached at 979-836-6033.
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