Inscription. First Norwegian colony in Texas. Founded in 1845 by Johan Reinert Reierson (1810-1864) and Ole Reierson, of Holt, Norway.
By Amanda Hartley, June 5, 2010
|1. Site Of Old Normandy Marker|
In "Christianssandsposten", J.R. Reierson urged Norwegians to find "a rich life" by migrating to Texas. His associate editor, Elise Tvede (1815-1895), also came to Texas and continued writing for publications in Norway. She married Wilhelm Warenskjold, lived in this area, and opened home to Norwegian newcomers.
By 1853 a Norwegian-Lutheran church and cemetery had been established here. Normandy was later renamed Brownsboro.
Erected 1970 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 10368.)
Location. 32° 18.148′ N, 95° 36.799′ W. Marker is in Brownsboro, Texas, in Henderson County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 31 and Stuart Street, on the left when traveling west on State Highway 31. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brownsboro TX 75756, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Brownsboro Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Rock Hill Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Site of C.W. Morris Cotton Gin (approx. 4.9 miles away); John Crane (approx. 7.3 miles away); Yarborough House (approx. 8 miles away); County Line Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 8.4 miles away); Cherokee Exodus from Texas (approx. 8.5 miles away); Cherokee Chief Bowles (approx. 9.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Brownsboro.
By Mike Stroud, September 17, 2012
|2. Site Of Old Normandy Marker, left|
More about this marker. This marker is located right next to an additional marker.
Also see . . . The Handbook of Texas Online - Normandy, TX. (Submitted on June 7, 2010, by Amanda Hartley of Tyler, Texas.)
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2010, by Amanda Hartley of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 410 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on June 7, 2010, by Amanda Hartley of Tyler, Texas. 2. submitted on November 1, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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