Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site

579 S. Main St.
Anderson, TX 77830


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

August 13

Fanthorp Focus Weekend: Judge McDonald Jr and the Fanthorp Inn

Judge James Green McDonald Jr is perhaps equally as influential as Henry Fanthorp in Grimes Co history and likewise called the inn his home. Discover the story of one of the most influential and controversial figures to live in Anderson....

September 10

Fanthorp Focus Weekend: Fanthorp Family Cemetery

For over 180 years the Fanthorp Family Cemetery has served as the final resting place for Fanthorp family members and some of the most notable figures in Texas History. This weekend we will demonstrate proper cemetery care and explore the...

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