Texas and its history is getting special attention this week as we approached the 178th anniversary of the state’s independence from Mexico.

Much of that history happened here in Washington County and many of those people who made that history are buried in a cemetery near Old Washington.

Dr. Wilfred Dietrich of the Washington County Historical Commission gave an overall report on the efforts to preserve the history of the county at today’s (Tuesday’s) meeting of the County Commissioners.  He told the Commissioners that, out of the state’s 254 counties, many do not make much effort to preserve history but Washington County.

One who wants to preserve the history is John Barton and his wife Becky.  Barton wants to rehabilitate a cemetery near Old Washington that was established in 1836.


The Barton’s want to rehabilitate the old gravestones,  pick up the ones that have fallen down, uncover some and find other lost grave stones.  He says he needs to first make a survey of the cemetery to begin his work.

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Pictured left to right - Washington County Commissioners Kirk Hanath, Zeb Heckmann, Joy Fuchs, Washington County Historical Commission, Dr. Wilfred Dietrich, John and Becky Barton, and County Judge John Brieden.




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