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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Brenham in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Thomas Affleck

Thomas Affleck Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, February 5, 2010
1. Thomas Affleck Marker

Born and educated in Scotland, Thomas Affleck (1812-1868) emigrated in 1832 to the United States, where he became one of the most well-known agriculturalists of his time. A prolific writer, Affleck was associated with several agricultural and horticultural publications. An early advocate of scientific farming, he wrote and theorized on topics such as forage, erosion control, hedging, livestock improvements, and plantation management. His publication, "Affleck's Southern Rural Almanac and Plantation and Garden Calendar," was published yearly from 1845 to 1861.

During the late 1850s, Thomas Affleck and his wife, Anna (Dunbar) Smith, came to Texas and established their Washington County plantation, which included what is now the Gay Hill community. The Affleck plantation, known as "Glenblythe," was extensive and highly organized. It included a wagon factory, where wagons and ambulances were made for the Confederacy.

After the end of the Civil War, Thomas Affleck was active in developing plans for Texas' economic recovery. He traveled to England and Scotland, encouraging investment and emigration. Upon his death at the age
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of 56, Affleck was buried near this site in the graveyard he established on the grounds of "Glenblythe."
Erected 1985 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8287.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & CommerceWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1832.
Location. 30° 15.083′ N, 96° 28.404′ W. Marker is near Brenham, Texas, in Washington County. Marker is on Waul's Legion Road (County Road 51) one mile west of State Highway 36, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brenham TX 77833, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Waul's Texas Legion Campsite (approx. one mile away); La Bahia Road (approx. 1.7 miles away); Glenblythe Plantation, Home of Thomas Affleck (approx. 1.9 miles away); Robert Starke Armistead (approx. 2 miles away); Site of Mound Hill School (approx. 2.8 miles away); Site of Holly Oaks (approx. 3 miles away); Oak Rest Cemetery and Site of Prospect Presbyterian Church (approx. 3˝ miles away); Gideon Lincecum (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brenham.
Thomas Affleck marker with arbor behind it. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, February 5, 2010
2. Thomas Affleck marker with arbor behind it.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,644 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 7, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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