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WEATHER NOTICE. In the interest of safety for all visitors, volunteers and staff, Christmas on the Brazos holiday event ...
12/06/2018

WEATHER NOTICE. In the interest of safety for all visitors, volunteers and staff, Christmas on the Brazos holiday event at Washington-On-The-Brazos and Barrington Farm has been CANCELLED for Friday night, December 7th. Flooding rains with accumulations of more than 4 inches are forecast for Friday and Friday night. We hope you are able to join us Saturday night as we expect the event to proceed as originally scheduled.

Fanthorp Inn had an early morning special guest!
12/02/2018

Fanthorp Inn had an early morning special guest!

11/19/2018

A friendly reminder that all park facilities will be closed this Thursday so that staff can spend the Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends. Don’t forget about Twilight Firelight at Fanthorp Inn THIS Saturday November 24 from 4:30pm-7pm! No reservations needed. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

The Goodyear Blimp flew over the Inn on Sunday
10/16/2018

The Goodyear Blimp flew over the Inn on Sunday

Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site - Texas Parks and Wildlife
10/02/2018

Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site - Texas Parks and Wildlife

VENDORS WANTED!

09/29/2018

Rainy day at Fanthorp Inn.

09/21/2018

Enjoying some much needed rain!

9/15/18: Fanthorp Inn is open for tours from 9-3:30pm. It’s a beautiful day, come see us!   If you’re in the area, w...
09/15/2018

9/15/18: Fanthorp Inn is open for tours from 9-3:30pm. It’s a beautiful day, come see us!

If you’re in the area, we also recommend visiting Washington-On-The-Brazos State Park today for a farmers market, bake sale, FREE bee keeping classes, living history Saturday at Independence Hall, and the fall cleaning program at the Barrington Living History Farm.

This beautiful Luna moth stopped by for a visit at Fanthorp Inn last weekend!
09/12/2018

This beautiful Luna moth stopped by for a visit at Fanthorp Inn last weekend!

09/09/2018

Update: Fanthorp Inn WILL be OPEN this Saturday. Due to inclement weather in the forecast, the stagecoach will not be needed at Monument Hill. We will update if something changes!

Original Post: Fanthorp Inn will be closed Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Park staff will be celebrating Texas Heroes Day at Monument Hill State Historic Site in La Grange. We will reopen on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Take a look at our resurrection fern! Yesterday it was dry and brown, but after some rainfall this morning, it is a beau...
09/09/2018

Take a look at our resurrection fern! Yesterday it was dry and brown, but after some rainfall this morning, it is a beautiful dark green.

Resurrection ferns can survive long periods of drought by curling up its fronds and appearing dead, but when water is present, it will reopen and appear green within 24 hours.

It’s stagecoach Saturday! Come on out and take a ride into town. Rides available until 3pm.
09/08/2018

It’s stagecoach Saturday! Come on out and take a ride into town. Rides available until 3pm.

The sky was beautiful today!
08/20/2018

The sky was beautiful today!

08/18/2018

It’s a lovely day at Fanthorp Inn!

Washington-On-The-Brazos State Historic Park is hiring an Administrative Assistant IV! (Complex Office Manager)https://b...
08/10/2018
Administrative Assistant IV (Complex Office Manager)

Washington-On-The-Brazos State Historic Park is hiring an Administrative Assistant IV! (Complex Office Manager)

https://bit.ly/2P05gTa

Under the direction of the Complex Superintendent, this position is responsible for coordinating and managing the daily business operations of the Republic of Texas Complex, including Washington-on-the-Brazos, Barrington Living History Farm and Fanthorp Inn State Historic Sites.  Responsible for pr...

Say hello to Charlotte, our security spider.  Roughly palm-sized, his web is big.
07/22/2018

Say hello to Charlotte, our security spider. Roughly palm-sized, his web is big.

Texas Historical Commission
07/03/2018

Texas Historical Commission

The Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site in Anderson was built in 1834 by Henry Fanthorp as a home for his bride, Rachel Kennard. Stage lines from Houston to Old Springfield and Nacogdoches to Austin crossed through here.

The home was enlarged for use as an inn and served as first mercantile establishment and first post office in the region. Kenneth Lewis Anderson, vice-president of the Republic of Texas, died at the inn on this day in 1845.

The inn is open for public tours Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and for group tours by reservation and school events.

After nearly 2 years of work we have brand new exhibit panels in the Barn.  The walls have been redone, new lights insta...
06/26/2018

After nearly 2 years of work we have brand new exhibit panels in the Barn. The walls have been redone, new lights installed; it's a big difference.

06/04/2018

Fanthorp Inn will be closed Saturday, June 23. Please join us at the Washington-on-the-Brazos Juneteenth Heritage Celebration.

06/04/2018

* STAGECOACH DAYS in June and July will feature coach rides from 10am -2pm

04/22/2018

Fanthorp Inn will be closed Sunday April 22, 2018
Sorry for the inconvenience.

As one of the larger halls in Anderson, the Fanthorp Inn dining room hosted the Annual San Jacinto Ball every April 21st...
04/21/2018

As one of the larger halls in Anderson, the Fanthorp Inn dining room hosted the Annual San Jacinto Ball every April 21st, in commemoration of the victorious final battle of the Texas Revolution. In 1851, one guest at the inn remarked that there were more than 150 people in attendance!

The Inn was visited by a Model-A club yesterday.  The old cars look great in front of the Inn
04/15/2018

The Inn was visited by a Model-A club yesterday. The old cars look great in front of the Inn

04/14/2018

Fanthorp Inn SHS will be closed Sunday, April 15, 2018
Sorry for the inconvenience.

Love is in the Air - Henry and Rachel Fanthorp were married February 16, 1834. The newlyweds' dogtrot cabin soon became ...
02/14/2018

Love is in the Air - Henry and Rachel Fanthorp were married February 16, 1834. The newlyweds' dogtrot cabin soon became the a rest stop for many travellers, ultimately expanding to become Fanthorp Inn.

War News from Mexico, 1848 by Richard Caton Woodville.This Day in History:The Mexican-American War, which began April 25...
02/03/2018

War News from Mexico, 1848 by Richard Caton Woodville.

This Day in History:
The Mexican-American War, which began April 25,1846, ends on February 3, 1848. Hotels like Fanthorp's would be buzzing with excitement when news would come of how the war progressed.

“I like the Country, on the whole first rate. I never was in a Country where the inhabitants look more healthy than th...
01/27/2018

“I like the Country, on the whole first rate. I never was in a Country where the inhabitants look more healthy than they do in this & I never enjoyed better health than I have since I have been in Texas.” –A.S. Beardsley at Fanthorp Inn, January 1851.

184 years of history peering out through the mist.
01/20/2018

184 years of history peering out through the mist.

Bright and brisk morning at Fanthorp Inn.
01/13/2018

Bright and brisk morning at Fanthorp Inn.

Winter Wonderland- Snow at Fanthorp Inn! Thanks, Carter, for sharing your photos!
12/10/2017

Winter Wonderland- Snow at Fanthorp Inn!

Thanks, Carter, for sharing your photos!

Navasota Examiner
11/26/2017

Navasota Examiner

The perfect end to Small Business Saturday shopping in Navasota is a trip to Anderson's Fanthorp Inn for Twilight Firelight...

The road is long and the weather is dreary. Thankfully, up ahead is Henry Fanthorp's Inn where you'll be greeted with ho...
11/18/2017

The road is long and the weather is dreary. Thankfully, up ahead is Henry Fanthorp's Inn where you'll be greeted with hot food and a warm bed.

Stage stop, hotel, post office, polls location, Freemason meeting place, private residence - Fanthorp Inn #TexasHistory ...
11/11/2017

Stage stop, hotel, post office, polls location, Freemason meeting place, private residence - Fanthorp Inn #TexasHistory #TxStateParks

In 1834 Henry Fanthorp had a two room dogtrot-style log cabin built for himself and his new bride, Rachel (Kennard) Fant...
11/04/2017

In 1834 Henry Fanthorp had a two room dogtrot-style log cabin built for himself and his new bride, Rachel (Kennard) Fanthorp. It consisted of hand-sawn logs, likely cut in a similar fashion as the illustration shows.

This humble cabin would ultimately be absorbed into the surrounding structure as Henry expanded the inn to its current size. Take a look under the stairs with your guide to get a peek at the original logs!

On this day:150 years ago today, October 31, 1867, Henry Fanthorp succumbed to yellow fever and passed away. His bride, ...
10/31/2017

On this day:

150 years ago today, October 31, 1867, Henry Fanthorp succumbed to yellow fever and passed away. His bride, Rachel, would follow him just two days later from the same illness.

Having outlived two of their children, the Fanthorp's passed the responsibilities of the Inn on to their lone surviving daughter, Mary. Mary and her husband, Major Stone, would operate the Inn for one more year before closing it to the public and making it a private residence.

It would then stay in the family line over 100 years before it would ultimately be given to the state of Texas to become the historic site it is today.

Many thanks to all who came out to Stagecoach Saturday this past weekend. We hope you enjoyed the Henry's Wake program e...
10/18/2017

Many thanks to all who came out to Stagecoach Saturday this past weekend. We hope you enjoyed the Henry's Wake program exploring the funerary practices in the mid 1800s. Wet-plate photographer, C. Mobley, took many images during the day, but this one we are particularly fond of!

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10/18/2017

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Don't miss Stagecoach Saturday this weekend as we present Henry's Wake, an exploration of the macabre mourning customs o...
10/12/2017

Don't miss Stagecoach Saturday this weekend as we present Henry's Wake, an exploration of the macabre mourning customs of the mid 19th century.
This program features mule-drawn coach rides from 11am to 3pm and Inn tours focused on Henry Fanthorp's passing from 10am to 3pm.
Special guest as part of the program Cody Mobley, wet plate photographer. Mr. Mobley will be discussing the practice of post mortem photography and demonstrating the process behind making images during the period. Guests can sit for an image for anyone interested.
#StagecoachSaturday #HenrysWake

C. Mobley, Collodion Artist.
10/12/2017

C. Mobley, Collodion Artist.

This Saturday I will be set up at Fanthorp Inn SHS (579 S. Main St. Anderson, Texas) shooting ambrotypes and talking about post mortem photography in the mid 19th century. If you are in the area and would like an ambrotype or have an interest in post mortem photography make sure to swing by and participate in the program.

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09/30/2017

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"Prairie Burial"- William Tylee Ranney -1848The loss of a loved one is always difficult, but people in the mid-19th cent...
09/24/2017

"Prairie Burial"- William Tylee Ranney -1848

The loss of a loved one is always difficult, but people in the mid-19th century were perhaps more acutely aware of it than we are today. Join us October 14th as we honor the memory of Henry Fanthorp and provide a perspective of 19th century mourning customs.

Had a great time supporting our friends this past Saturday for Texas Heroes Day at Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery SH...
09/17/2017

Had a great time supporting our friends this past Saturday for Texas Heroes Day at Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery SHS!

Stagecoach from Fanthorp Ins SHS.

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09/10/2017

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579 S Main St
Anderson, TX
77830

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