Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site

579 S. Main St.
Anderson, TX 77830

Latitude: 30.482941
Longitude: -95.983824



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 6

First Friday at the Fanthorp Inn

Join us on the first Friday of June, July, and August for special guided tours of the inn at 1,5, and 7 PM. Each of these first Friday events will include first person interpretation meaning a historical figure will guide guests through their...

September 11

Fanthorp Inn Focus Weekends

Sam Houston stayed at the Fanthorp Inn many times during his illustrious career. Stop by the inn September 11-12 to learn about the relationship Henry Fanthorp had with this Texas icon. The event will include the return of the silver tipped cane...

October 2

Memento Mori: Fanthorp Funeral Practices

Throughout the month of October we will be commemorating the 154th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways Victorian families mourned the loss of a loved one.


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