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

Sweeny Plantation

Sweeny Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, October 1, 2015
1. Sweeny Plantation Marker
Inscription. John Sweeny, Jr., after returning from the Texas Revolution, was given this plantation by his father, an extensive landholder. In 1837 slaves built the house, using only brick, nails and wood made on his land. Molasses, cotton, sugar were produced. Still owned by descendants.
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 9600.)
Location. 29° 4.724′ N, 95° 45.278′ W. Marker is near Old Ocean, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is on Loop State Highway 419 0.9 miles east of State Highway 35, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is inside an industrial plant with a guard shack and controlled entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Old Ocean TX 77463, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Phillips Family Cemetery (approx. 5.9 miles away); Site of the Home of Josiah Hughes Bell (approx. 7.4 miles away); Columbia (approx. 7.8 miles away); Columbia United Methodist Church (approx. 7.8 miles away); Old Columbia Cemetery (approx. 7.8 miles away); Columbia - The First Capital of The Republic of Texas
Sweeny Plantation Marker and Surrounds image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, October 1, 2015
2. Sweeny Plantation Marker and Surrounds
(approx. 7.9 miles away); Columbia Rosenwald School (approx. 7.9 miles away); Home of George B. McKinstry (approx. 8.1 miles away).
More about this marker. All streets are part of a Phillips 66 refinery. From the marker you would judge the plantation house is still there and the land owned by the descendants of Sweeny. No more. The entire area is a refinery. The land was sold some time ago, but the house was only torn down about 18 months before we were there. There is also a cemetery near the marker. Tell the guard you are there to visit the cemetery. They will allow you to enter the controlled area and proceed to the marker which is only a short way from the entrance. They must do this because there's a Texas State Law requiring all landowners to provide access to cemeteries within their property. I told the guard we wanted to go to the marker and she corrected me, "You want to visit the cemetery, correct?" I knew the answer was yes.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 4, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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