The 67th Texas Tour is in
May 14-17, 2020

The Gulf Coast Region of the AACA announce the indefinite postponement of the 2020 Texas Tour scheduled for May 14th to 16th. It is not possible to reschedule another date until we have guidance from our local, state and national officials on the status of the current health emergency affecting our country and the world.

Our Treasurer, Evelyn Timmins, and Registrar, Sandra Johnston will be working together this week to issue refunds, by check, to everyone registered for the tour. Because we incur a fee for PayPal payments and refunds, everyone will receive an AACA club check for the amount they paid.

We wish everyone good health and hope to see you at the 67th Texas Tour, even if it is in 2021!

Host Hotel Overflow Hotel (pet friendly)
Holiday Inn Express Motel 6 Brenham
2685 Schulte Blvd 555 Hwy 290 West
Brenham, Texas 77833 Brenham, Texas 77833
(979) 830-5331 (979) 836-4590
$130.99 per night + taxes & fees $90 per night + taxes & fees
Block name 67th Texas Tour (Block code MCS) Ask for 67th Texas Tour Car Show rate
These hotel rates are available for check in as early as Wednesday, May13th, so you can have fun on Day 1, May 14.  These special tour rates are available until March 13, 2020. Please call soon to reserve your room at this rate.
The Tour & Events
Thursday, May 14 (optional day)
Tour: Plan early to visit two lovely 19th century homes in Brenham.  The Giddings-Wilkins House Museum (1843) is the oldest structure in Washington County.  JD Giddings built it as a wedding home for his bride, Ann.  The happy couple raised a family there, but when mosquito-borne yellow fever struck Washington County in 1868, JD built a new house on higher ground, the Giddings-Stone Mansion (1870). The "new" house is like a lovely palace of Greek Revival architecture.
  These houses are available for touring only by appointment in a group of 4 or more. Call the Heritage Society of Washington County volunteer Debi Meschwitz at (979) 203-9482 between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm to make an appointment. The cost is $15 per person (minimum 4 people) to tour both homes.
Eat: For dinner we’ll visit the Fireman’s Training Center Hall to enjoy a feast of hamburgers and hear exciting insights into Texas law enforcement by a representative of the Texas Rangers (the guys with hats and badges, not the ones with hats and bats).
Friday, May 15 - Touring, Eating, and Fun!
Tour: The Brenham Fire Museum is first on the Tour. It was built to house Brenham’s rare 1923 American LaFrance Type 38 fire engine. Then we’ll drive to the Chappell Hill Historical Society Museum. Chappell Hill was founded in 1849, and the museum has exhibits from the Civil War era through the 20th century.
  Next on the Tour is picturesque Washington-on-the-Brazos, where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed. The last stop before lunch will be a garage tour of a private residence.
Eat: Lunch will be at our good friend Bill Thomas’s ranch in the country town of Richards. Bill is along-time antique car collector and a member of the Gulf Coast Region AACA.
Tour: We’ll continue the Tour by visiting Old Iron Works, an automotive restoration shop in Montgomery that also houses Richard Mitchell’s private antique car collection. If time permits, we can visit another nearby classic car collection or go to the Brazos State Park for fun.
Eat: Convene at 6:00 pm for an evening meal at the Fireman’s Training Center Hall.
Saturday, May 16 - More Touring, More Eating, and More Fun!
Tour: We’ll leave Brenham in the morning and tour to the Winedale Historical Complex, a collection of 19th century structures on 225 acres near Round Top.
  Continue on to Round Top and visit all the antique and “junk” shops to your heart’s content. It’s on the way to our next stop, the Texas Cotton Gin Museum in Burton. The museum houses America’s oldest operating cotton gin. We’ll even get to see it ginning up some cotton!
Eat: Lunch will be in the Pavilion of the Cotton Gin.
Tour: After lunch it’s on to the town of Independence, the site of the original Baylor University. Then we’ll drive to The Antique Rose Emporium and maybe even hear a talk about raising flowers in Southeast Texas.
Eat: We’ll cap the Tour with a celebratory banquet at the Fireman’s Training Center Hall.
Tour Chair - Wayne Bartlett (281) 447-1476 Co-Chair - Jim Johnston (832) 693-4008
Registrar - Sandra Johnston (713) 542-9481  (2020texastour@att.net)
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There are currently 70 registrations on file, either Active (paid), or Pending as of 2/29/2024 11:29:30 AM.
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