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Washington County Courthouse
Founded in 1837, Washington County is considered the Birthplace of Texas. The first county seat was in Washington-on-the-Brazos, and was intermittently the capital of Texas.The current county seat is in Brenham and has had four courthouses:1844, 1852, 1883 and the present Moderne-style building constructed in 1939.

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Texas Courthouse Enthusiast and Houston Native

After teaching second grade for four years in Spring Branch ISD, Julie Ellen Hollis realized that was not the right career path for her.  She attended paralegal classes in the evenings and in October 1980 she began doing field land work.

A native Houstonian, Julie graduated from Charles H. Milby High School, one of the  oldest schools in Houston. She then attended the University of Texas and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree. 

She has friends and acquaintances throughout the Great State of Texas and has established her presence in almost 100 courthouses.  Julie attends the re-dedication of courthouses whenever possible and is a member of the Texas Historical Society.

Julie has also amassed a large collection of Texas courthouse memorabilia that includes paintings, photographs, postcards, and commemorative plates.  There are even some unusual items; ornaments, a Tarrant County belt buckle, mugs, lapel pins, a Jefferson County teacup, Harris County creamer and an ashtray depicting the Cooke County courthouse in Gainsville, Texas.  One day she hopes to have visited all 254 Texas courthouses.