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Main Street

Main Street Brenham Logo - outline of a historic two-story building with logo text at the bottom
Main Street is dedicated to revitalizing and preserving historic downtown business districts throughout the country. It is sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and, in Texas, the Texas Historical Commission. Through the National Main Street Center, these sponsors provide direction and support to over 1,000 community programs nationwide. Together, these programs have produced an investment in these districts of more than $5 billion and spurred the rehabilitation of countless historic structures, while providing space for 27,000 new businesses and creating over 100,000 new jobs for local citizens.

Our Vision
We envision downtown Brenham as the heart of our community - where history is preserved, where unique and exciting businesses thrive, and where the community and visitors want to be for restaurants, shopping, living, and entertainment.
Our Mission
To use the 4-point approach to revitalization - organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring - to encourage reinvestment and preservation; and to entice businesses, customers, visitors, and downtown residents to the historic district.

The foundation and success of Main Street is based on a cooperative effort between the sponsors and the local government, business owners, and lending institutions within the communities that have joined the program. Since rejoining Main Street in 1999, the City of Brenham has experienced a dynamic improvement in its historic downtown district thanks in part to more than $2.25 million spent to date in reinvestment activities.

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Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 40 years. Today, as a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, they still commit to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Texas Historical Commission - Real Places Telling Real Stories

Main Street Brenham is a part of the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Main Street Program. Brenham became an official Texas Main Street City in 1999.




volunteer Volunteer Opportunities

We are always looking for passionate people who want to help preserve historic Downtown Brenham. Being a Main Street Volunteer is a great way to help protect and grow our community! We would love to have you be a part of the adventure! No job is too big or too small!  The only qualification for a Main Street Brenham volunteer is a desire for the success of Downtown Brenham.

Here are a few areas to volunteer:

  • Design & Beautification
  • Small Business Support
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing
  • Events Like Summer Sip & Art Walk, Uptown Swirl Wine Walk, Christmas Stroll, First Fridays

Apply Now to be a Main Street Volunteer
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event-calendar Main Street Events

Free Downtown Parking


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Free Downtown Parking

Click the following for the Google Map location of each downtown lot.

Public Parking Lot A
Public Parking Lot B
Public Parking Lot C
Public Parking Lot D
Public Parking Lot E

Free Electric Charging Station

Downtown Electric Charging Station