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Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site

579 South Main Street

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.


James Hulse

Monday, May 28, 2018
We enjoyed an afternoon drive in Grimes county with a great stop at a historical Texas inn. The orginal home was built in 1834 and then expanded in 1850 to make it a stage coach stop inn. We really liked that most of the floors, walls and windows were orginal and from that early time period. Many famous people for that period would stop there and stay at the Fanthorp Inn. We learned a lot from the volunteer who showed us around.


Monday, May 7, 2018
Very interesting visit. Our guide was knowledgeable and very interesting. Everyone should visit.

Buster Wologo

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
Ben was very knowledgeable and answered every question I have. I highly recommend.

Michelle Emery

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
Great experience with very knowledgeable staff. Great way to show children the way that people lived not too long ago.

William Neill

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Well worth the time! I had read about Fanthorp Inn for several years and driven by last December. The tour was very interesting and you can't beat the is free. I also visited the gorgeous painted Catholic church St. Mary's in Plantersville and 2 wonderful antique shops Liberty bell and Martha's Farmhouse in Montgomery plus photographed the lovely court house in Anderson . I want to go back to Fanthorp Inn on Thanksgiving weekend for their special evening event.

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