Brenham Real Estate
Brenham is named for Richard Fox Brenham, a physician, and soldier in the Texas Republic Army. The courthouse was the first building constructed in the town of Brenham. In 1844, the building was completed at the monumental cost of $65,000, which would mean over $2 million by today's standards.
J.D. and his brother D.C Giddings helped bring the railroad to Brenham. The Washington County Railroad received its charter in 1856, and by 1860, trains ran from Hempstead to Brenham. By 1930, the original rail line was consolidated into the Southern Pacific System.
St. Anthony Hotel, which was razed in the 1960s, located at Main and Market Streets, opened in 1914 at the site of the McIntyre hotel. The McIntyre was a two-story brick building fabricated by H.C. McIntyre in 1873. The McIntyre hosted the famous Sam Houston and the Giddings brothers when they strolled through town.
Mrs. A. A. Hacker, the wife of Brenham's mayor during that time, remodeled the McIntire to open the St. Anthony Hotel, was famous for her Christmas Day open house and the accompanying egg nog.
The year 1875 ushered in the first free school in the state of Texas. Brenham's Independent School District 1 was chartered by the state government, and has been growing steadily ever since.
There was Brenham Opera House in 1872, where shows like the pantomime version of Humpty Dumpty were performed. Today, the Opera House has been restored, and the building pays tribute to the time of its origination in the form of an antique store. There may or may not be a ghost in the building as well.
Brenham Banner-Press, our local newspaper, has been in print since the 1880s.
Maifest began in 1881, reminiscent of German immigrants' Volksfests in the Motherland. Excluding few years during WWI and WWII, the first weekend of May is alive with activities related to Maifest.
Simon Theater opened in 1925 to the tune of $100,000. It was a two-story brick building with marble trimmings in the heart of the business district. The Simon is still operating today as the Barnhill Center at historic Simon Theatre on Main Street in downtown Brenham.
Brenham is probably most famous for its ice cream. Brenham Creamery Company opened in 1907, which later became Blue Bell Ice Cream. "The little creamery in Brenham," as the tagline reads. We Brenham residents are biased, but we believe there is no better ice cream on this green earth.
Brenham Real Estate
Present-day Brenham revels in the past but also celebrates the present. Our school system remains the largest public school system in the country and is a hotbed for student athletics and academics. We have trophies and awards for every conceivable occasion. Excelling is a tradition Brenham residents are proud to continue.
Our real estate opportunities range from stately residences to expansive ranches. We have options in every price range, including land. So, if your dream home is still in the planning phase, we can find the ideal location to build. Please let me help you find your dream home in Brenham.