A true Texas hall!
Independence Hall is the social hub of the Kissing Tree community. Positioned in the center of The Mix, our 20-acre amenity campus, this hall the perfect place to start and finish your day.
The social building includes Sam’s Cafe and Culinary Kitchen, the activity classroom, The Bar at Independence Hall, the HOA reception desk and an indoor movie screen. Along with pool tables, shuffle board and a vintage juke box, there’s plenty to do while mingling with neighbors. The ample table space is great for a friendly game of cards or gathering for dinner.
The history of the name – Independence Hall
As you may already know, Kissing Tree is named after the historic oak tree in San Marcos where Sam Houston made his famous stump speech in a bid to become Govenor of this great stead. Read the history of the Kissing Tree here.
So it’s only fitting that we name our community hub after Sam Houston’s campaign headquarters – Independence Hall. For Texans, Independence Hall is one of our most significant historic sites. It was there, in the raw frontier town of Washington in 1836, 59 men elected from municipalities across the territory met in an unfinished frame building to determine the fate of this vast land we call Texas! Meanwhile, the forces of General Santa Anna laid siege to the Alamo.
Even as the settlers fled ahead of Santa Anna’s army, the convention labored for 17 days at Independence Hall. During that time they declared Texas independent from Mexico; penned a new constitution; and organized an interim government, giving birth to a new nation: the Republic of Texas. Today, you can still visit Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site to see the original Independence Hall.
Independence Hall at Washington-on-the-Brazos where Sam Houston Signed the Declaration of Independence from Mexico