Cotton Gin No. 116 is a historic event venue located in Brookshire, TX, just 15 minutes west of Katy, Tx and an hour from downtown Houston. Originally established in 1936 as a working Cotton Gin in it’s current location, this venue has been renovated into a unique event space with modern amenities.
Originally known as Donigan’s Gin, Cotton Gin No. 116 is a venue bears a special place in the hearts of many locals. From the days when their fathers and grandfathers ginned cotton for Mr. H.P. Donigan to the nostalgic days of the Cotton Gin Restaurant, hundreds, if not thousands, of people have a story to tell.
We can’t wait to hear yours.
It’s all about you.
When you have your wedding at Cotton Gin No. 116, we strive to make it the special day you envisioned. Exclusive use of the venue means that no more than one event per day & our trained staff focuses entirely on you. Enjoy top-tier customer service with our dedicated team that are focused on ensuring your celebration is unforgettable & stress-free.
Marlene joined the Cotton Gin Team in 2013 from a larger multi-venue facility. She was integral in the planning and construction phases of the facility. Marlene oversees the day-to-day facility operations and assists Melissa with the events as needed.
Melissa joined the Cotton Gin Team in 2015. She focuses on providing superior service to our couples and events from initial contact all the way through the end of the event. She will be the lead team member on site on your event day.
Darrell joined the Cotton Gin Team in 2015 and was essential to the restoration of the Gin stands in our main gallery. Darrell brings many years of experience to the team and helps keep up with our venue maintenance and oversees all security on site.
So why are we Cotton Gin No. 116? A 1930’s registry of Texas Gins and Ginners categorized all of the gins operating throughout the state by county. Donigan’s Cotton Gin in Waller County received the unique identifier of 116. We hope to recognize the history of our beloved cotton gin, while also forging a new future for this treasured landmark as we re-open as Cotton Gin No. 116 and weave new threads into our tapestry.
Who says an 80-year-old cotton gin shouldn’t be a first-class venue?
Taking a century old cotton gin and converting into a place of awe and wonder takes guts and vision. The building was originally purchased by current owners in 1998 when the linens and napkins were still laid out on the tables of the beloved Cotton Gin Restaurant and was converted into their world headquarters for an offshore engineering company.
Years later current Team Members assisted in transforming the Cotton Gin into the beautiful venue you see today. From the countless man hours spent restoring the signature Lummus gin stands to the gentle care given while hand-staining each plank of the original wood flooring, to the selection of native landscaping, the recently renovated Cotton Gin No. 116 exhibits the appreciation of preserving time and history along with modern amenities.
Come visit us to learn the details of our historic building as well as the process of ginning cotton!
They like us! They really like us!
Directions to Cotton Gin No. 116 from Nearby Cities
Click HERE, to get directions from your current location.
- Head West from Houston on I-10 toward Katy, TX
- Follow I-10 W to Farm to Market 359 N/Waller Ave in Brookshire. Take exit 732 from I-10 W
- Follow Farm to Market 359 N/Waller Ave and S Front St to Bains St
- Get on I-35 S
- Follow TX-71 E and I-10 E to Farm to Market 1489 N/Koomey Rd in Waller County. Take exit 731 from I-10 E
- Take South St to Bains St
From San Antonio
- Get on I-37 S/US-281 S from W Market St
- Follow I-10 E to Farm to Market 1489 N/Koomey Rd in Waller County. Take exit 731 from I-10 E
- Take South St to Bains St
- Head west on 3rd St toward Main St
- Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Farm to Market 359 N/Main St
- Turn left onto Katy Fwy
- Continue straight to stay on Katy Fwy
- Turn right onto Bains St
Ready to start planning your special day?