Gulf Coast
2010 Census - 56
2000 Census - 38
Quintana, Texas
Quintana Texas History:
Quintana is a manmade island located on the west side of the old mouth of the Brazos River on the Texas Gulf Coast. The town stretches southwest approximately 3.5 miles to the new mouth of the Brazos River. Quintana is believed to have been named for Mexican General Andres Quintana. Spanish settlers of the Navarez Expedition landed here in 1528. In 1821, Stephen F. Austin’s first group of Texas colonists landed on the east side of the old mouth of the Brazos River across from Quintana. This east side location would become the town of Velasco in 1831, and later would become the Village of Surfside Beach. More than 25,000 colonists entered Texas through the Velasco port from the beginning of Austin’s first colony in 1821 to Texas winning its independence from Mexico in 1836. Also, in 1821, Mexico established a fort with a customs office at Velasco. The establishment of the Velasco port caused the early decline of Quintana’s port. Historical accounts describe Quintana in the later 1830s as being a place of shanties and a mixed population of Mexicans, Anglos, and Indians; some accounts mention a hotel, pavilion, pool halls and dance halls. A post office was established in 1853, closed in 1857, reopened in 1891 and closed again in 1915. During Texas’s antebellum period, Quintana was a favorite vacation spot for plantation families who built fine homes along the beach. Prior to the 1930s, the large amount of silt from the Brazos River (silt turns to sand) was causing the Surfside beach (site of Old Velasco) to widen. This accumulation of sand was clogging the Port of Freeport and the new Intracoastal Canal. The U.S. Army Corps of engineers corrected this problem by damning the river before it reached Surfside and rerouting the Brazos River, so it dumped its beach restoring silt six miles down the coast; this caused Quintana to become an island. Today Quintana is a popular vacation beach helped by the Brazoria County Park. Its 2010 census was 56. The Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area is located on the southwest end of Bryan Beach and the island. Quintana is located on the west side of the (old) mouth of the Brazos River on FMs 1495 and 723, directly across the Brazos River Harbor from Surfside Beach (11.8 miles by road), 11.8 miles southwest of Surfside Beach, 6 miles southeast of Freeport, 9 miles southeast of Oyster Creek, 11 miles southeast of Jones Creek, 11.8 miles southeast of Clute, 14 miles southeast of Lake Jackson, 14 miles southeast of Richwood, 20 miles southeast of Brazoria, 22 miles southeast of Angleton, and 29.4 miles southeast of East and West Columbia, Texas. Access to the Quintana Island is via the FM 1495 Bridge.

Brazosport Area of Cities, 50 Miles South of Houston:
Clute, Freeport, Jones Creek, Lake Jackson, Oyster Creek, Quintana, Richwood, and Surfside Beach make up this area of cities. They are located at the mouth of the Brazos and San Bernard Rivers, and together have approximately 44 miles of sandy beaches. Industries include chemical manufacturing, petro-chemical processing, a variety of other manufacturing industries, deep water port activities, sports and commercial fishing, and tourism. These towns are very close together, so whether you are planning to visit or move to one of these towns, it is important to read and research each one of them. Limiting yourself to the activities, and cultural or outdoor offerings of one of these towns, would be similar to isolating yourself in the neighborhood you live in. The major beaches in the area are Bryan, Quintana, and Surfside Beaches. Two other nearby towns are Angleton and Sweeny. (979) 285-2501.
Historic Quintana, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Named for a Mexican General, as early as 1532, Quintana was a thriving village. A port of entry in the Republic of Texas, it was a strategic port in the Civil War. From 1870-1900, it was an industrial area, and a cattle and cotton shipping point. During the late 1800s, it was a fashionable summer colony. Largely destroyed in the 1900 storm, it was rebuilt, and today is a resort and fishing center.” The Texas Historical Marker is located on Burnet Road, west of Quintana Beach Park.
Historic Allen Place, 188s:
This famous boarding house was built by the Jarvis family of Old Quintana, and restored by B.T. Allen, the present owner. The building is located on Burnet Road near Quintana Beach Park.
Historic Quintana Cemetery, 1800s:
This is a family plot for members of the Seaburn and Bowers Families. Captain Henry Seaburn (born 1815) settled in Quintana in 1840. He became a master carpenter and shipbuilder. Seaburn’s family home has been moved to the Quintana Beach County Park, but the cemetery remains in its original location. The cemetery is located off Holley Street behind the “Petroleum Fuel and Terminal.” Visiting hours are Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm, and by appointment by calling Quintana Town Hall; (979) 233-0848.
Coveney House Museum:
The museum is housed in the Coveney House, one of three houses in Quintana that survived the 1915 hurricane. The museum features exhibits depicting the history of Quintana and has a natural history display. The Coveney House Museum is in the Quintana Beach County Park at 330 5th Street. (979) 233-1461. (800) 872-7578.  Quintana Beach Park Facilities Map
Event Venue - Quintana Beach County Park Discovery Event Center:
Amenities include an 80-person capacity presentation hall with tables and chairs and floor to ceiling windows offering a gulf view, a kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator and a microwave, a wireless PA system, a TV monitor, computer connections, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and restrooms. The center houses the Quintana Beach County Park main office. Interpretive Ranger Mike Mullenweg hosts educational programs. The center is available for event rentals. Rentals are free to private schools, recognized home school groups and all Brazoria County ISDS who use the Discovery Events Center for educational programs. (909) 233-1461. School Field Trips: (979) 864-1641, Ext. 7. The Discovery Event Center is in Quintana Beach County park at 330 5th Street, Quintana.  Event Rentals Email  School Field Trips Email  Quintana Beach Park Facilities Map 
Event Venue - Seaburn Day House Event Center:
The Seaburn House is one of three houses in Quintana that survived the 1915 hurricane. Amenities include seating for 18, a single restroom with shower, a full-size refrigerator and stove, a microwave and a coffee pot. Maximum capacity is 50. The Seaburn Day House event center is in Quintana Beach County park at 330 5th Street, Quintana. (909) 233-1461.  Quintana Beach Park Facilities Map
Event Venues - Quintana Beach Park Pavilions:
The six reservable pavilions are available from 8am to dusk. All are on the elevated boardwalk and have gulf views. The Sweeney Pavilion has a 60-person capacity. The Holley, Perry and Bryan Pavilions has a 48-person capacity. The Stephen F. Austin Pavilion has a 72-person capacity and the Quintana Pavilion has an 84-person capacity. The park is at 330 5th Street, Quintana. (909) 233-1461. 
Quintana Beach Park Facilities Map  
Brazoria County Events Calendar
April 7-May 6, 2018
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory Spring Fling, April-May, Quintana:
Knowledgeable volunteers and staff answer birding questions, do daily bird counts, and sell water, snacks and field guides. During this month Gulf Coast Bird Observatory will auction off bird-themed art on their website. This event is held from Early April to early May at the Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary across from the Quintana City Hall (814 N. Lamar, Quintana.
April 15-May 15, 2018
Annual Great Texas Birding Classic, April:
This annual birding competition is held up and down the Texas coast on at various locations on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Beginning in 3013 this event will be conducted statewide. For information on the Freeport area contact the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory & Sanctuary at (979) 480-0999.  Email
April 21-22, 2018
Annual Migration Celebration, San Bernard NWR, April:
The celebration begins with a Friday night fundraising dinner held at River Place in the Freeport Municipal Park at 421 Brazosport Boulevard; fees apply. Other event activities include speakers, presentations, workshops, exhibits, an auction, a photo contest, a duck stamp art contest, dinners, birding tours, bird banding demonstrations, kayak, van, and buggy tours, a refuge fireside exhibit, a birds of prey show, crabbing for kids, a San Bernard Oak interpretative walking tour, food vendors and a bake sale, a Children’s discovery program, and other activities. (979) 964-3639. Maps and Directions to Events
April 26-28, 2018
Annual River Fest & Flapjack 5K, April, Freeport:
This festival was originally called “The Blessing of the Fleet,” and included a boat parade with boats being blessed by a priest. When fishing season laws changed, and the price of fuel increased, the festival was changed to River Fest. Activities include the Freeport Fireman’s BBQ Cook-off, the Flapjack 5K Run, a motorcycle and car show, a sailboat regatta, a Saturday night fireworks display, a 3 X 3 basketball tournament, a beer garden, food vendors, a youth talent show, horseshoe and washer tournaments, a fitness competition, and more. (979) 233-6061. (979) 233-3306. This fun 3-day event is held at Freeport Municipal Park at 421 Brazosport Boulevard in downtown Freeport. Parking is available along Avenue A and on SH 288 (Brazosport Boulevard) by the high school stadium and across the street in the high school parking lots.
Sept 16, 2017
Annual Xtreme Hummingbird Extravaganza, Mid-September, Lake Jackson:
Hundreds of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds make the migratory journey along the Texas coast and across the Gulf of Mexico. View hummingbirds and enjoy related activities. This event is hosted by the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory & Sanctuary. (979) 480-0999. 299 West SH 332, Lake Jackson.  Email
October 12-18, 2018
Annual Brazoria County Fair, Livestock Show & Rodeo, October:
Activities include live entertainment, a carnival, a BBQ cook-off, a livestock show and rodeo, auctions, a parade, pageants, contests, a pet parade, tricycle races, a youth horseshow, commercial exhibits, live music, a science fair and more. (979) 849-6416. This event is held at the Brazoria County Fair Grounds. 901 S. Downing Street, Angleton, Texas.
16-18 Nov 2017 
Annual Festival of Lights, Lake Jackson, Texas, Nov, Lake Jackson:
Activities include the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and a Christmas movie in the Lake Jackson Civic Center Ballroom (333 SH 332 East). Breakfast with Santa ($10) is held on Saturday at the Lake Jackson Historical Museum (249 Circle Way) from 8am-10pm. Other Saturday events include the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and a Christmas movie in the Lake Jackson Civic Center Ballroom (333 SH 332 East), the Parade of Lights, a magic show, an exotic bird show, entertainment on the Civic Center Plaza stage (333 SH 332 East), food booths in the library parking lot (250 Circle Way), arts and craft booths on the Plaza, the free Ice Skating Rink at the Civic Center parking lot, the free 11:30am. Snowland in the museum parking lot (with snow), and many free children’s activities. Carnival wristbands are $22. (979) 415-2600.
8-9 Dec 2017
Annual Christmas in the Park, Clute:
Activities include beautiful Christmas trees, a visit from Santa, a marshmallow roast, clowns and lots more. An arts and crafts show is held indoors. This event is held Thursday and Friday nights, 4pm-9pm at Clute Municipal Park, 100 Parkview Drive, Clute, Texas. (956) 265-8392.

Varner Creek Winery, Angleton:
The produce elderberry, jalapeno, loquat and other wines, including meads made from honey. They are new and did not have a tasting room in spring 2018. They do wine tastings by appointment. (979) 236-0659. 1014 North Velasco, Angleton, Texas.