Baytown in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Gillette family lived on the plantation of Lucinda's father, William Maxey, in present San Jacinto County from about 1848 until 1859, when Henry bought property on Galveston Bay. He named his plantation home Bell Prairie. The plantation included a two-story brick home, matching carriage house, and slave quarters. A wharf on the property was used for the importation of cattle from England.
In addition to operating his plantation, Gillette was superintendent of the Bayland Orphan's Home on nearby Goose Creek and was a founding member and worthy master of the Cedar Bayou Masonic Lodge.
Following Henry Gillette's death, Bell Prairie remained in the family until the mid-20th century. The plantation home was severely damaged in the 1900 hurricane and burned to the ground after being struck by lightning in the 1915 storm.
Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10613.)
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baytown TX 77523, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. K'Nesseth Israel Synagogue (approx. 2.8 miles away); Bayland Orphanage (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Bayland Guards (approx. 3.2 miles away); Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek (approx. 3.2 miles away); Morgan's Point Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away); Goose Creek Stream (approx. 3½ miles away); Wade and Mamie Irvin House (approx. 3.8 miles away); Bay Ridge / Morgan's Point (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baytown.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 17, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.