According to Brazoria County's website, Stephen F. Austin-Munson Historical County Park represents a unique private-public partnership, and is a culmination of years of community support for Brazoria County’s most famous resident, Stephen F. Austin,'the Father of Texas,' as he was first called by fellow early Texan, Sam Houston.
The park sits on 10 acres, featuring its centerpiece: an iconic, 76-foot tall statue of Stephen F. Austin. It was designed by the famed Texas sculptor David Adickes, creator of 5,000 paintings, three-dimensional artworks and drawings. Adickes has also created the 76-foot tall Sam Houston looming large along Interstate 45 in Huntsville.
The land was granted to Stephen F. Austin as payment for fulfilling contracts with Mexico. In 1829, he granted the land to his friend, Henry William Munson which remained in the family until Henry W. Munson IV donated the site to Brazoria County for use as a park in honor of Stephen F. Austin in 2004. Located just off Highway 288, west of Angleton, the complex includes a visitor and information center with a gift shop, picnic areas and a Texas-shaped pond where catch-and-release fishing is permitted.
Throughout the year, there are living history and interpretive events along with reenactments and various activities held on the grounds of the park. Master Plans for include: interpretive exhibits, a playground, development of trails and many other plans.
A few regular scheduled events include the following:
|This Was - Explore the past by learning old ways - Every 4th Sunday of the month|
|History Talks - Every 2nd Sunday of the month. For questions - call 979-849-5965 or email james @ brazoria-county.com|
Stephen F. Austin~Munson County Park
41885 Hwy. 288, Angleton, Texas 77515
Contact- (979) 849-5965 or (979) 248-5961
James Glover at jamesg @ brazoria-county.com (no spaces)
Jennifer Parsley at jenniferp @ brazoria-county.com (no spaces)
GPS coordinates: Lat: 29.15035 Lon: 95.449331
Hours of Operation: Visitor Center hours are 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.