Start at the Brownwood Store

There’s gift shops, and then there’s the Brownwood Store. Make a beeline for the store once you arrive in Brownwood and you’ll find everything you need to get the most out of your stay. Pick up free maps, brochures, and guides everything Brownwood! The Depot also houses the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center and has an extensive collection of tourist information, along with helpful staff to suggest local happenings and events! Explore the Brownwood Store containing unique gifts, history books, spices, jams, candles, and other goodies made right here in Texas – and of course Brownwood gear, even Brownwood wine glasses! 

The Depot 

600 East Depot Street
Brownwood, TX 76801
(325) 646-9535

Tour the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Museum

Head upstairs above the Brownwood Store, to the Gordan Wood Hall of Champions dedicated to renowned Texas high school coach Gordon Wood. Wood is a Texas sports legend and the winningest high school football coach in the Lone Star State who led the Brownwood Lions to 17 district or co-district championships and seven state titles. Wood’s accomplishments are immortalized in this museum, which showcases memorabilia, playbooks, and videos from his nearly 50-year career.

Explore the Harvey House

The Santa Fe Depot and Harvey House is a very large, beautifully restored building, containing the Brownwood Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center along with the Brownwood Store. Across the hall from the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions  is a sample dorm room of the famous Harvey Girls.

Shop our Downtown Merchants

A variety of boutique shops call our Downtown home. Stroll the streets along Center Avenue and indugle in some retail therapy! Be sure to check out the Downtown Brownwood Facebook Page, for events. Our downtown is home to many annual events, and parades. Our Downtown merchants also host Discover Downtown Brownwood with extended store hours and prize giveaways!

Lunch at Steve’s Market & Deli

Steves’ Market & Deli is a small “locally grown” & “green facaded” restaurant who opened it’s doors in 1996 with the idea that good food in a fun, eclectic (or electric, depending on your spell checker) environment would be a welcome change from the normal, everyday fast-food experience.

The Steves (Owners/Operators) deliver to your table diverse Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Desserts, Fair Trade Coffee and Teas. The use of Locally and Regionally grown produce/products in the Deli has been part of the SM&D philosophy since day one. Brown County Onions, Peppers and Herbs used to create Steves’ Spiked Onion Soup have been a favorite of many diners!

Be Sure to try:

San Jaun Club. (Turkey, Swiss, Bacon, Mango Ginger Habanero Sauce)

Brownwood BLTA. (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado & Mayo)

Steve’s Soup of the Day. (Our favorite is the spike tomato bisque)

Visit the Brown County Museum of History

Look toward the northwest corner of Brownwood’s courthouse square and you’ll see something curious: a four-story building with rough stone walls and towers that make it resemble a European castle. Yet this is no replica. Instead, it’s the old 1903 Brown County Jail, home of the Brown County Museum of History. Step inside the old jailhouse to see the sheriff’s quarters and cells. Across the street in the museum annex, you’ll find displays of various artifacts from the Plains Indians who once lived in the area to Camp Bowie, a military training center established nearby during World War II. With tons of see, do, and discover, the Brown County Museum of History will keep you busy.

Tour the Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum

If you love trains, or you want to immerse yourself in a different part of Brownwood’s history, head to the Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum. Exhibits of clothing, photographs, and memorabilia tell the story of the arrival of the railroad in the 1880’s and the people who made their livelihoods working in Brownwood’s depot. The museum also has an extensive collection of working model train layouts of all sizes, as well as actual train cars (such as an authentic Santa Fe caboose) that you can climb aboard. After all that, step within the 100-year-old depot and the Lehnis Museum, which boasts a collection of china and silverware from the dining cars. Take in all the relics of this bygone era of transportation, then go for a ride of your own on the mini-train. After all, what better way is there to conclude a visit to a railroad museum?

Be Sure to:

  • Ride the Outdoor Mini Train
  • Check for special events. (Visit their facebook page)
  • Inquire about booking the Lehnis for your next Party!

Afternoon Gelato at the Turtle Gelataria

Check out the Art Center

Brownwood Art Center

215 Fisk Ave
Brownwood, Texas

Enjoy a cocktail before heading to a performance

Be sure to try:

Presecco Maragarita 

Enjoy a show at the Lyric Theatre

Experience The Turtle Restaurant