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NAVASOTA, TEXAS

Grimes County, Central Texas South

Hwys 6, 90 and 105
25 miles NE of Brenham
26 miles SE of Bryan / College Station
43 miles SW of Huntsville

Population: 7,240 (2010) 6,789 (2000)

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Navasota Texas downtown
Navasota street scene
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Navasota is one of those towns that you never seem to have time to explore because you're rushing to a more distant destination. We wish you'd stop doing that. The problem with distant locations is that they're so far away. Why not visit something a little closer to home? If Navasota is too close, then include it with a trip to Huntsville, Brenham, or College Station.

Don't miss the Grimes County Seat in Anderson, which is a mere 10 miles away. Their picturesque courthouse and main street is one of those timeless Texas views that haven't yet been ruined by prison expansion or modern high school architecture. Recently restored.

Navasota, Texas Millers Theater
Millers Theater in Navasota
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Navasota Attraction

  • Navasota offers many storefronts and streets that testify to its dominant place in the county's economic history.
  • Historic homes are frequently open for tours and architecturally, it ranks high on our list of best preserved in the Houston-Austin-Dallas triangle. Contact the chamber for an excellent driving tour of town.
  • Horlock History Center: Contact Chamber of Commerce for hours and group tours.
  • Navasota also has a statue dedicated to "Bobby" LaSalle, our favorite would-be colonizer and the man most responsible for Texas' claim to being under Six Flags. Interest in Mr. LaSalle has been rekindled lately with excavations of both his stockade (Fort St. Louis) and ship (LaBelle) down around Matagorda.
  • The Grimes County Courthouse
    10 miles East in Anderson on Hwy 90. This 1893 Italianate "Temple of Justice" once dispensed justice to a member of the Barrow-Parker gang in 1933. The street view with flanking stores makes a great photo opportunity, which makes up for there not being a "courthouse square." Anderson was named Fanthorp before Kenneth Lewis Anderson, Vice President of the Republic of Texas died there.
  • Fanthorp Inn State Historical Park
    Republic of Texas era stagecoach stop with replica coach on display. In Anderson, the former town of Fanthorp. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 9 to 4. 936-873-2633
  • Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park
    Six miles west of Navasota off hwy 105. Home of the recently redone Star of the Republic Museum with its open all year (except Christmas day) research library.

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    Navasota architecture
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    A scenic drive
    FM 1375 as a day trip / scenic drive from Houston


    For a tranquil drive that you'll long remember, we'd suggest FM 1375 west from New Waverly on Hwy 45. This takes you through the Sam Houston National Forest with its lush fern undergrowth.

    FM 1375 will join Hwy 149 that will lead you to Anderson via the quaint, nearly forgotten village of Richards. Then Hwy 90 South less than 10 miles to Navasota.

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    Razed Architecture
    Navasota Texas city hall, demolished


    Navasota City Hall, razed 1958
    Photo courtesy Navasota Examiner
    Navasota Texas old jail, demolished

    Former Navasota Jail, razed, no date
    Photo courtesy Navasota City Manager
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    Navasota Tourist Information

    Grimes County Chamber of Commerce
    1215 East Washington
    936-825-6600 or 800-252-6642

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