Historic Downtown Navasota
The following information is courtesy of the Navasota Examiner.
Welcome to Navasota and Grimes County. We have a small town atmosphere with old-fashioned values and a rural lifestyle that's hard to escape, with churches, schools, hospitals, community facilities, and good neighbors to make you want to stay.
Navasota's Victorian homes are known throughout Texas and are frequently on the popular tour stops for both Texans and out-of-state visitors. You'll find some of our older homes and house of worship dating back to the 1800s.
René Robert Cavelier Sieur de LaSalle
Navasota itself is closely identified with the famed French explorer, René Robert Cavelier Sieur de LaSalle and one of the City's main thoroughfares is named in the Frenchman's honor. Navasota's earliest visitor is believed to have been killed by his own men near here in 1687. A 14.5 ft. bronze statue of the Frenchman - a gift from the French Government on March 6, 1930 - dominates Navasota's Main Street and is a the cornerstone of a two-block esplanade along East Washington Avenue. The monument is lighted for better viewing at night.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial
The esplanade also features a permanent granite Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial honoring Grimes Countians who died in all wars. Grimes County veterans hold a simple candlelight ceremony there annually to honor the memory of fallen soldiers.
Horlock History Center
The Horlock History Center and Museum at 1215 East Washington Avenue is a two-and-a-half story cottage built in 1892 by Col. R. A. Horlock for his family and currently serves as Navasota's historical depository for Grimes County artifacts. The home and its gingerbread styling is also the home to the Navasota Tourism and Economic Development Center and is open for tours.
Navasota, meanwhile, is the home of hospitable, courteous, and genuinely friendly people who enjoy sharing their heritage with visitors who find the oak-lined streets unique in the area. The City is brimming with quaint and unique shops in its downtown selling antiques and collectibles - and the list of shops is growing almost daily. Shops downtown and along the main thoroughfares are filled with hand-made treasurers, antiques, and a number of homes and businesses showcasing tours, early Texas craftsmanship, ornate brass work, and historical buildings. Navasota's downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers visitors a genuine peek into ornate 19th Century architecture, antebellum and Victorian-style homes and businesses.
Cedar Creek Park Trail
The City's Cedar Creek Park Trail is a mile-and-a-half mostly-paved footpath leading joggers or walkers along the banks of the waterway which intersects Navasota and winds its way through a number of parks and beside a number of City-owned and maintained pavilions. The Cedar Creek Park Trail runs from Hillside Park to Victoria Park, to Cleveland Park and ends at Mance Lipscomb Park.
Visitors who come in the spring will find the countryside ablaze in wildflowers, particularly the beautiful bluebonnets and Indian blankets, which sweep over the hills and valleys throughout the region.