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Washington County, South Central Texas

30 8' 7"N, 96 15' 25"W (30.135278, -96.256944)
Hwy 290, FM 1155 and 2447
10 miles E of Brenham the county seat
98 miles E of Austin
12 miles W of Hempstead
63 miles NW of Houston
Population: 600 (2000) 310 (1990)

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Chappell Hill water tower

Chappell Hill Water Tower
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Chappell Hill, Texas Topics:

  • History
  • Landmarks / Attractions
    More than 25 homes and buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Events
  • Scenic Drives & Nearby Destinations

  • Suggested slogans
    "Why is our zip code on our water tower?" or 
    "For a town that gets so many things right,
    why do people like to spell our name wrong?" 

    History in a Pecan Shell

    The wife of local trader Jacob Haller is credited with founding Chappel Hill on 100 acres she bought and donated as a townsite. Her name was Mary Hargrove Haller and she named the town after her grandfather, Robert Wooding Chappell.

    The town became a commercial center for the local cotton plantations and in 1847 they had a post office granted to them. A Masonic Lodge was chartered in 1851 and the town incorporated in 1856.

    The town was connected to the Washington County Railroad just before the outbreak of the Civil War. During the war, Chappell Hill organized The 21st Texas Lancers and had both a Confederate hospital and Quartermaster's Depot in the town.

    As it was in most of the South after the war, Chappell Hill's economy was a disaster. On top of economic collapse, there was also an outbreak of Yellow Fever in 1867 that caused more of the population to leave.

    Polish immigrants appeared in the early 1870s and rescued the town from permanent ruin. More Poles made the trip after 1884 and by 1889 they had founded their own church - St. Stanislaus. The population reached the highest point up to that point - over 800 people.

    The years between 1880 and our involvement in World War One (1917) showed a decline in population, but it had risen again by 1930 to1,000 people.

    The population has declined from 600 people in the 1980s to just over 300 in 1990.

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    Chappell Hill Landmarks / Attractions

    TX - Chappell Hill School /  Museum

    The 1929 school now serves as a historical museum
    TE photo, 2007
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    TX - Chappell Hill School  crest

    The school crest
    TE photo, 2007

    Chappell Hill Texas school and museum
    Chappell Hill masonic lodge

    L - The former school from 1929
    R - The Hubert Masonic Lodge

    Chappell Hill Texas old grocery store
    Chappell Hill Texas water tower

    L - An old store in town.
    R - Chappell Hill water tower

    TE photos

    Chappell Hill Masonic Cemetery

    Chappell Hill Masonic Cemetery
    in the NW corner of town (follow the signs).

    TE photos

    Chappell Hill Events

    If your trip to view wildflowers is in March or April, make a special effort to attend their annual Bluebonnet Festival presented by the Chappell Hill Historical Society. There is, as they say, something for everyone and everyone is in their place. Firemen cook the barbecue, librarians sell books, and "folklife artisans" will be proving that "Folklife imitates Folkart" or is it the other way around?

    For Information call: 1-800-225-3695 or 979-836-6033.

    The Historical Society also hosts the famed Scarecrow Festival every October.

    Other events include the 4th of July Parade, and Christmas in Chappell Hill in December. For information call the Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce at 979-277-1122. http://www.chappellhilltx.com/

    With more than 25 homes and buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Chappell Hill offers many ante-bellum structures, antique stores and craft shops.

    Visit the Chappell Hill Museum, the Library, the old Rock Store (with folk-art wall hangings), and Chappell Hill Bank which has operated in its original location since 1907.

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    Chappell Hill Nearby Destinations
    & Scenic Drives

  • The Chappell Hill Masonic Cemetery
    A mandatory stop while in Chappell Hill is the Masonic Cemetery in the NW corner of town (follow the signs).

  • Scenic drive FM 1155 - connects Chappell Hill with Old Washington.

  • The Road to Independence - A Washington County Trip

  • Chappell Hill is just a short drive from Brenham, Independence, Burton, Belleville and Round Top.

  • Washington County Towns & Ghost Towns

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    Chappell Hill Tourist Information
    Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce
    P.O. Box 113 Chappell Hill, Texas 77426
    Phone (979) 277-1122

  • Washington County Texas 1920s map
    Washington County 1920s map
    From Texas state map #10749
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Washington County Towns
    County Seat - Brenham
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    Brazos County (N) Grimes County (NE) Waller County (E) Austin County (S) Fayette County (SW) Lee County (W) Burleson County (NW)
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