Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site

579 S. Main St.
Anderson, TX 77830
936-873-2633
washington-on-the-brazos@thc.texas.gov

 

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site is located approximately 30 miles southeast of Bryan/College Station. It consists of six acres in Anderson, county seat of Grimes County. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department acquired the property by purchase in 1977 from a Fanthorp descendant, and it was opened to the public Oct. 4, 1987, to demonstrate 19th century life at an early Texas stagecoach stop and family home. Ten years were spent researching and restoring the inn to its 1850 use as both a family home and travelers' stop.

The double-pen, cedar log dogtrot house was built by an English immigrant, Henry Fanthorp, when Texas was part of Mexico. Fanthorp petitioned Stephen F. Austin in 1832 for permission to settle in this original Austin Colony. He bought 1,100 acres and built his house in 1834 on the road that crossed his land, thus bringing travelers to his door immediately. Henry Fanthorp was appointed postmaster by the provisional Texas government in 1835, and saw the advantage of offering other services and goods to his frequent visitors. Within time, Fanthorp's Inn became a well-known stopping place for both travelers and the community.

Fanthorp Inn is open for public tours Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and for group tours (by reservation) and school events.

Upcoming Events

December 10

Fanthorp Inn Christmas Ornament Workshop

Stop by the inn this weekend to discover how to craft your own 1850s Christmas ornaments. This is the perfect wintertime activity for the whole family to enjoy. Contact Chandler Wahrmund at Chandler.Wahrmund@thc.texas.gov or 936-878-2214 x250 for...

January 14

Fanthorp Focus Weekend: Coffee at the Inn


This weekend visit the Fanthorp Inn and discover the secret to brewing a cup of coffee that's "strong enough to bear up an iron wedge.” Our staff and volunteers will be roasting grinding and brewing coffee and all of its 19th century...

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