6 Eye Opening Cultural Experiences in Brazos Valley

Horlock House: Art Gallery & History Museum

Horlock House: Art Gallery & History Museum

Located at 1215 E Washington Ave, Navasota, TX 77868, the house is almost fully restored to the "Stick" Victorian Style with some Eastlake influence. The house was donated to the Grimes County Heritage Association in 1981 and is currently owned by the City of Navasota. The Navasota Artist in Residence program gives three artists the opportunity to live and create art at the Horlock Art Gallery & History Museum. The house features living quarters, studio space, and gallery space, combining to create an unique experience and atmosphere for the artists.

Bottle Cap Alley

Bottle Cap Alley

Located at 303 University Drive, College Station, TX, Bottle Cap Alley has become an important fixture of Texas A&M University. The strange ritual’s origins are not known, but they likely go back at least four decades. It may have started with the adjacent restaurant, The Dixie Chicken, dumping its bottle caps in the alley every night, along with other local bars and restaurants. What better recycling bin is there than an entire street dedicated to bottle caps themselves? Of course, you can’t visit Northgate without stopping in at the Dixie Chicken. Conveniently, it is one of the buildings bordering Bottle Cap Alley!

Brazos Valley African American Museum

Brazos Valley African American Museum

Located at 500 E Pruitt St, Bryan, TX 77803, the African American National Heritage Society (dba) Brazos Valley African American Museum was built on the site of one of the original black schools in the Brazos Valley. It was the brainchild of retired educator, Mrs. Mell Pruitt and became officially recognized and functioning in 1999. The museum is the first establishment of its kind to promote the history of African American citizens in the Brazos Valley. The museum opened its doors to the public on July 22, 2006.

Downtown Bryan - A Quaint Cultural Hub

Downtown Bryan - A Quaint Cultural Hub

The Downtown Bryan square essentially embodies of Main Street USA. In addition to housing some of the city’s best restaurants (3rd on Main, Casa Rod Mexican diner, Café Capri, and Madden’s to name a few), if you time your visit right Downtown Bryan hosts First Friday, a free event that shuts down the streets for after-hours art and culture-based fun every month. Looking for a unique weeknight activity? Don’t miss Village Café’s Wednesday night salsa lesson.

The Century Tree

The Century Tree

Located near the Academic Building, is a place that holds a special place in the heart of many Aggies. Well over 100 years old, the tree was one of the first trees planted on Texas A&M's massive 5,200-acre campus. The beautiful live oak has been the site of countless Aggie marriage proposals, weddings, and tourist snapshots because of its immense size and its unique drooping branches, many of which rest on the ground. Tradition says that if a couple walks together underneath the Century Tree, they will eventually marry — and if a marriage proposal takes place under the tree, the marriage will last forever.

Boonville Heritage Park

Boonville Heritage Park

Located at 2421 Boonville Rd, Bryan, TX 77802, provides an excellent overview of early life in Brazos County, Texas. Prior to its move to Bryan, Boonville was the county seat of Brazos County. Found on the property is the restored Turner-Peters Log Cabin, which dates back to the 1800s. There are also replicas of the Brazos County Courthouse, a smokehouse, and Brazos Union Lodge No. 129. In addition, there is a replica of a cannon consistent with the period.

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