Historical Sites

Welcome to Navasota, where a warm Texas greeting awaits as you explore our charming city and the historic Downtown Railroad District. During your tour, discover over buildings rich with architectural details and stories of the people who shaped Navasota's development.

The origins of Navasota's name have sparked debate over the years. Some suggest it derives from a Native American phrase meaning “prickly pear,” while others lean towards “muddy waters,” referencing the nearby Navasota and Brazos Rivers. Regardless, from Native American hunters and Spanish explorers to 21st-century entrepreneurs, Navasota embodies resilience and opportunity.

Initially named Hollandale after Francis Holland, who settled here in 1822, Navasota thrived within two Montgomery County land grants. The renaming to Navasota in 1854, championed by James Nolan due to its strategic location, marked a turning point. Nolan's foresight led to the establishment of the town's first stage stop and the donation of land for the Houston and Texas Central Railroad in 1859, catalyzing its growth.

By 1865, Navasota had grown into a bustling hub with stage lines, a post office, and a pivotal role in shipping cattle and cotton. Despite setbacks such as fires and disease, Navasota expanded through the 20th century with new railroads, industries, and modern utilities, boasting a population of around 3,500 by the turn of the century.

Navasota weathered challenges from World War I to the Great Depression, leveraging its entrepreneurial spirit through the Navasota Industrial Foundation in 1952 to attract new industries. Today, with nearly 8,000 residents, Navasota thrives as a cultural hub with vibrant shops, restaurants, and annual events like the Texas Birthday Bash, celebrating the state's independence.

Whether you're here briefly or settling in, Navasota's historic charm, lively events, and warm hospitality ensure a memorable experience. Embrace our city's rich history and modern vitality as you enjoy your walking tour—we're delighted to welcome you to Navasota.

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Evans House

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First Baptist Church

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First Presbyterian Church of Navasota

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First United Methodist Church of Navasota

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Flags over Texas Monument

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Foster Home

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George Washington Carver High School

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Jesse Youens Home

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Joseph Brooks Home

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La Bahia Trail

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Leake Building

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Lee Tabernacle Methodist Church

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Lewis J. Wilson Building

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Lt. Gov. George D. Neal Home

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Mickelborough Building

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Norwood Home

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Old First National Bank of Navasota

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P.A. Smith Hotel

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R.B.S. Foster Home

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Robert A. Horlock House

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Saint Paul's Episcopal Church

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Sangster House

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Site of Freeman Inn

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Steele House

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Templeman House

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Terrell House

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The Giesel House

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Washington Avenue

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