Edna walking tour
Jennifer Lee Preyss
Aug. 24, 2013 at 3:24 a.m.
Updated Aug. 26, 2013 at 3:26 a.m.
Established in 1884, Edna is known as the "Flag City" of Texas. It is the county seat of Jackson County and boasts some of Texas' oldest historical sites.
Located along U.S. Highway 59 near Lake Texana, this quaint Crossroads town of about 5,400 people offers activities such as camping, water sports, live concerts, rodeos, boutique shopping, hunting, fishing and other cultural activities.
Located 100 miles south of Houston and 25 miles north of Victoria, Edna is an ideal destination for daytime layovers or weekend getaways. When you visit, make sure you check out these six city highlights.
Texana Presbyterian Church
Brackenridge Parkway, inside the Brackenridge Recreation Complex
Located inside the Brackenridge Recreation Complex, the Texana Church was built in 1859 in the original town of Texana, which is now a ghost town. It was moved to Edna in, 1884 and moved to the park in 2001 where it was restored for event use. The church seats about 160 people. The church is one of Jackson County's oldest buildings.
Brackenridge Main Event Center
891 Brackenridge Parkway
This multipurpose community center, used for livestock shows, business conventions, concerts, rodeos, festivals and other large events, sprawls across 180 acres. This magnificent facility is part of the Brackenridge Recreation Complex and Brackenridge Park, where fishing, boating, camping, horseback riding, paintball, volleyball, hiking and miniature golf are just a few of the outdoor activities nearby.
201 W. Main St.
This Edna landmark opened in 1949 and closed in the 1970s, but The Texana Arts Council is assisting with its restoration. The plan is to transition the once-thriving theater into a state-of-the-art facility for Broadway-style plays.
When restoration is complete, the stage will be lengthened 20 feet, and the lower part of the auditorium will hold about 450 seats. Balcony seating is also expected to be included at a later date.
Texana Center for the Arts
130 W. Main St.
Opening in 2010, the Texana Center for the Arts, both an art gallery and dealer, showcases some of the Crossroads' foremost artists. The facility offers monthly classes for children and adults to paint and make crafts, including a monthly Sip and Paint workshop that includes appetizers and invites students to bring their favorite wine.
Edna Historical Museum
403 S. Wells St.
Featuring artifacts from the settling of Jackson County, the Edna Historical Museum is the county's only historical museum. Some of the items on display include clothing and hats from the 1800s and early 1900s, musical instruments and early farm implements.