Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site Wish List
The Birthplace of Texas, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site has projects, facilities, and equipment needs each year beyond what their state budget is able to provide. Please review this “wish list” of items that will enable the staff to continue to provide the excellent level of service and the extraordinary experience that visitors have come to expect from one of the state's most revered sites!
Please see if any of our needs match an interest of yours and might be worthy of a personal or corporate donation. Or, perhaps you have a used item in good condition matching an item on our list that you would like to donate.
Of course, all level of support is appreciated. Donated funds can support an entire project or be designated toward a portion of any item. Undesignated wish list funds will go toward most needed items first. Please use the memo line on your check to designate to which item you would like your gift to be applied.
Donations should be made to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association which has a 501 (c) (3) designation from the IRS. All donations are tax deductible.
Send donations to:
PO Box, 1 Washington, Texas 77880
For additional information please call 979-830-1824
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued support of the Birthplace of Texas!
Improvements of Outdoor Facilities
New Playground in Picnic Area $15,000
Existing playground is worn beyond current safety repair guidelines.
Mechanical Lift for Independence Hall $8,000
Current lift no longer meets ADA standards and is not repairable.
Rail Fence $3,000
Split rail fence replacement is needed for the day use picnic area.
Texas Republic Flags (250) FUNDED! $1,000
Hundreds of flags on display provide an appropriate decorative theme for our special events.
Grills and Picnic Tables $1,000
Our day use picnic area provides a wonderful retreat along the Banks of the Brazos River.
Replacement bedding plants provide seasonal color for the Birthplace of Texas.
Bollards for Picnic Area $1,000
Replacement barriers protect our natural and cultural resources from vehicular encroachment.
Petstop Kennel Pens $500
This project will provide a safe fenced area for visitors with pets they can't leave in the car during their visit.
Enhancement of Visitor Center
Map Wall Exhibit $10,000
Technology has outgrown our orientation exhibit.
Storage Shelving $1,500
We never have enough storage for our needs.
Chairs (35) $350
Additional seating is needed for special gatherings.
Steam Cleaner for carpeting $1,300
Commercial carpet cleaner is needed for the Visitor Center and Exhibit gallery area maintenance.
Farrier fees for Willie and Waylon (one year) $2,900
Our team of draft horses requires hoof trim and shoes set every six weeks. Help us continue to provide unforgettable experiences through wagon rides and demonstrations.
Cedar Logs for Barrington Fencing $2,000
Authentic style perimeter fencing helps Barrington Living History Farm bring the past to life for over 13,000 school children each year.
Clearing & Improving Pasture $2,000
Heavy equipment rental is needed to develop much needed new pastures for our heritage breeds of cattle and horses.
Feed for Willie and Waylon (Percheron Team) $1,500
Horses require formulated feeds in addition to hay to maintain health and demonstrate draft work.
Hog Feed (one year) $400
We exhibit a rare breed of hogs that was common during our 1850's time period.
Equipment for Education and Marketing Presentations
Laptop & Projector $2,000
Our old slide projector is no longer the standard for new presentations and learning programs.
Table Top Display $650
Marketing our programming and historic site is a necessity in today's competition for leisure time.
Table Skirt $150
For the above marketing display.
A portable screen will help present the video programs for learning and marketing the site.
Audio Tour of Washington-on-the-Brazos $8,500
A portable audio tour player will enable us to more efficiently utilize our limited number of staff, while still providing the story of Washington to a large number of visitors.
Restoration Maintenance of Fanthorp Stage $5,000
To enable continued safe demonstrations and exhibitions, our beautiful replica 1850 Concord Stage of many years is in need of major repairs and a face lift.
Supplemental funding for volunteers, demonstrations, events & services $1,200
State monies can not be spent providing perks such as occasional lunches and other amenities to encourage retention of well trained and experienced staff nor to show appreciation to our generous volunteers.
Period Clothing for School Program-Fanthorp and Barrington ($500 each) $1,000
Dressing a 4th grader in period 1800's clothe, provides an experience he or she will always remember.
Reproduction 19th Century Toys- Fanthorp $200
What better way to teach children than to immerse them in the period.
Defibrillators for Visitor Center, Barrington Farm and Fanthorp Inn
($1400 each) $4,200
Washington on the Brazos is a little over 30 minutes away from the local community EMS. With almost 200,000 visitors per year you see the need for this lifesaver.
There is a lot to see and walk to at the park. This item will extend the ability of those with limited mobility to enjoy the experience.
Please make checks payable to the WOBSPA
PO Box 1 Washington, Texas 77880
with the wish list number designated in the check memo space.
For additional information please call 979-830-1824 or email: email@example.com