Old Waverly in San Jacinto County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Early center of culture for this part of Texas. Settled 1835-1850s, mainly by people from Alabama. Community was named for the Waverley novels of Sir Walter Scott, then very popular.
To provide education equal to any, Waverly Institute was founded in 1854, with separate departments for boys and girls.
Plantation system prevailed until 1860s. During Civil War, Federal troops camped in heart of Waverly, on Soldier's Hill.
Of three early churches, only the Presbyterian (organized in 1860) still exists; its present building was erected in 1904.
Erected 1969 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7673.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 30° 31.623′ N, 95° 21.194′ W. Marker is in Old Waverly, Texas, in San Jacinto County. Marker is on Jim Browder Road, 0.1 miles north of State Highway 150, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Willis TX 77378, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boswell Baptist Church (approx. 5.7 miles away); Elijah Collard (approx. 5.9 miles away); St. Joseph's Catholic Church (approx. 7.7 miles away); Western Grove Baptist Church (approx. 8.2 miles away); Minnie Fisher Cunningham (approx. 8.2 miles away); Site of former town of Danville (approx. 10.1 miles away); Site of Willis Cigar Factory (approx. 10.3 miles away); Willis (approx. 10.3 miles away).
Also see . . . Waverly, Texas - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on June 18, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas.)
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