Located near Belleville in Austin County, TX, the Old Masonic Hall building was used as a church and school till about 1881. It was only in 1886 that the premises were chartered as a Masonic Hall. Members of the Masonic Lodge were prominent citizens and played an important role in political, business and religious aspects of the community. The property was enlisted in the US National Register of Historical Places in 1986.
Chappell Hill Historical Society Museum aims to preserve and promote the city's history through interactive exhibits and exciting events. The museum is home to a fascinating collection of historic documents, photographs, artifacts and other objects that depict the lifestyle and culture of the city. Visitors can learn about some interesting historical facts and relive some of the most iconic moments in the city's history through a number of intriguing exhibits.
Nestled close to the arterial Highway 290, Peckerwood Garden is a rare jewel tucked between Houston and Austin and lies at the periphery of three different climate belts. Home to an exhaustive collection of indigenous plants from Asia, Mexico and southern part of United States, it was born out of the efforts of horticulture enthusiast John G. Fairey, who traveled through various regions of Mexico and collected seeds of endangered and distinctive plant species. The sprawling 39-acre (15.78-hectare) arboretum features saplings of quercus, taxus, styrax and magnolia, among other unique varieties. Visitors can also find open-air displays including Mexican folk art pieces and sculptures.
Brazos Valley Maize offers a variety of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. The farm features plenty of amusing attractions and activities like the cow train, corn cannon, hay ride and color maze. Just a short distance from Brenham's city center, it's and enjoyable outing for all.
35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Austin lies the Sherwood Forest Fairgrounds, home to the Sherwood Forest Faire and other medieval-esque events, including jousting and weddings. See the website for the events calendar and plan your trip to the dark ages accordingly.