Baytown in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Bayland Orphans Home
This site, including a two-story brick house, became "The Orphans Home at Bayland." Preston was the first superintendent but died in August 1867; he was succeeded by Gillette. Gillette's sister, Jeanette Duke, a Confederate widow with two young sons, became matron of the home in 1870. Dr. Ashbel Smith served as the home's physician. From two sisters enrolling in February 1866, the orphanage grew to serve 76 youths by 1870. The Orphans Home Cemetery, now unmarked, contains at least eight burials.
In 1873, the state legislature granted the
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10609.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Charity & Public Work. A significant historical date for this entry is September 24, 1866.
Location. 29° 42.786′ N, 94° 59.611′ W. Marker is in Baytown, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Wyoming Street south of State Highway 146B, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located in Bayland Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baytown TX 77520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek (here, next to this marker); The Bayland Guards (here, next to this marker); George Washington Carver High School (approx. 1.3 miles away); Robert E. Lee High School (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lee College (approx. 1.6 miles away); Goose Creek Stream (approx. 1.8 miles away); Ashbel Smith M.D. (approx. 2 miles away); Baytown Post Office (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baytown.
More about this marker. This marker replaced a marker originally placed in 1964 titled Bayland Orphanage.
Also see . . . Bayland Orphans' Home For Boys - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on March 19, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 19, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 19, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.