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Near Jones Creek in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Ellerslie Plantation

 
 
Ellerslie Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Texmexfla, July 21, 2008
1. Ellerslie Plantation Marker
This sign is just off a little used intersection in Brazoria County. The site was at one time a HQ for Confederate Major General John B. Magruder.
Inscription. John Greenville McNeel came to Texas in 1822 with his parents and brothers. Each of the men received land grants from the Mexican government as members of Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred" colony.

Located near this site was the Ellerslie Plantation, home of John Greenville McNeel and his family. One of the largest sugar plantations in the area, it consisted of a large home, sugar mill, hospital, overseer's house, and slave quarters. Large entrance gates to the property were topped by carved figures of playing card suits-- heart, spade, club, and diamond.

The two-story plantation home was built of slave-made bricks. The 21-room structure featured front and rear galleries supported by brick columns. The sugar mill, also made of brick, was an immense structure. Hand-made brick was also used to build the hospital and overseer's house, as well as a number of two-room slave cabins.

Following McNeel's death in 1876, the plantation was acquired by a niece, Elizabeth Huntington, and her family. The large home burned in the 1890s, and the family moved into the former hospital. After it was destroyed in the 1900 storm they relocated to the overseer's house. It was destroyed in a 1983 fire. (1989)
 
Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9558.)
 
Location.
Ellerslie Plantation Marker and View of Farmland image. Click for full size.
By Texmexfla, July 21, 2008
2. Ellerslie Plantation Marker and View of Farmland
Plenty of Texas Confederate units visited here to obtain food and forage. Confederate Major General John Bankhead Magruder used this plantation as his headquarters for a time. During the Civil War this was known as McNeel's Plantation.
28° 59.092′ N, 95° 30.292′ W. Marker is near Jones Creek, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is at the intersection of Weldon Road and Texas Route 36, on the right when traveling east on Weldon Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Freeport TX 77541, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Oakland Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); Major Reuben R. Brown (approx. 2 miles away); William Joel Bryan (approx. 2 miles away); General Stephen Fuller Austin (approx. 2 miles away); Emily Margaret Brown Austin Bryan Perry (approx. 2 miles away); James Franklin Perry (approx. 2 miles away); Henry William Munson (approx. 2 miles away); Major James Peckham Caldwell (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jones Creek.
 
More about this marker. This location is better known as McNeel's Plantation near the town of Jones Creek.
 
Regarding Ellerslie Plantation. Not mentioned but very important, from December of 1863 to March 1864 this was the headquarters of Confederate Major General Magruder. Wilke's Texas Battery, Waul's Texas Legion, and Likens' 35th Texas Cavalry were stationed here, as well as numerous other units during the Civil War.
 
Categories. African AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
McNeel Plantation Photo image. Click for full size.
By Texmexfla, August 15, 2008
3. McNeel Plantation Photo
This is a photo of a 1800ís photo on display at the Brazoria Chamber of Commerce on West Smith Street in Brazoria, Texas. Unfortunately taking a photo of a copy of photo that is behind glass makes the picture not a clear as desired.
Sugar House Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Texmexfla, August 15, 2008
4. Sugar House Ruins
This photo was taken at a display in the Brazoria Chamber of Commerce. Ruins of the sugar production facility from the 1800's are pictured. Due to the important sugar production this plantation was a place sought by Union troops during the War Between The States (1861-5). Sugar, Cotton, and Beef are still a major source of income in the county.
 
 
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