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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Grimes County, Texas

Clickable Map of Grimes County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Grimes County, TX (63) Brazos County, TX (80) Madison County, TX (32) Montgomery County, TX (68) Walker County, TX (99) Waller County, TX (49) Washington County, TX (161)  GrimesCounty(63) Grimes County (63)  BrazosCounty(80) Brazos County (80)  MadisonCounty(32) Madison County (32)  MontgomeryCounty(68) Montgomery County (68)  WalkerCounty(99) Walker County (99)  WallerCounty(49) Waller County (49)  WashingtonCounty(161) Washington County (161)
Anderson is the county seat for Grimes County
Adjacent to Grimes County, Texas
      Brazos County (80)  
      Madison County (32)  
      Montgomery County (68)  
      Walker County (99)  
      Waller County (49)  
      Washington County (161)  
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1 Texas, Grimes County, Anderson — 8562 — Anderson Baptist Church Reported missing
Organized November 11, 1844. Baptist General Convention of Texas organized here in 1848. Twenty-three of Texas' thirty-four Baptist churches were represented. Present building was constructed with native rock by slave labor and finished in 1855. . . . Map (db m128637) HM
2 Texas, Grimes County, Anderson — 8573 — Fanthorp Inn
Built in 1834 by Henry Fanthorp as a home for his bride, Rachel Kennard. Enlarged for hotel purpose. Served as first mercantile establishment and first post office (1835) in the region. Here Kenneth Lewis Anderson, Vice-President of the Republic of . . . Map (db m118940) HM
3 Texas, Grimes County, Anderson — 16029 — Fuqua Family Cemetery
Fuqua Family Cemetery was named for the Ephraim Fuqua family, one of the earliest families to settle in the area. Ephraim Fuqua received a land patent from the Republic of Texas in 1841 and donated a portion of the property for the establishment of . . . Map (db m245555) HM
4 Texas, Grimes County, Anderson — 8584 — Grimes County
On road used 1690 by Spanish explorer Alonso de Leon. In 1821 Andrew Millican began settlement. Henry Fanthorp opened his inn 1834, a post office 1835. Kenneth Anderson, last Vice-President, Republic of Texas, died at Fanthorp's, 1845. After his . . . Map (db m118977) HM
5 Texas, Grimes County, Anderson — 8585 — Grimes County Courthouse
Unique Victorian Texas public building. Third courthouse here. Site, in an 1824 land grant from Mexico, was donated 1850 by Henry Fanthorp, first permanent settler in county. Built 1891 of hand-molded brick with native stone trim. Vault is . . . Map (db m118975) HM
6 Texas, Grimes County, Anderson — 8586 — Grimes County, C.S.A.
Civil War military concentration point for troops and ordnance. Rich farm land. By 1861 densely populated. Favored secession by 907 to 9 vote. Sent 5 cavalry, 4 infantry companies to Confederate Army. Arms and ordnance works at Anderson . . . Map (db m118976) HM
7 Texas, Grimes County, Anderson — In Memory of Jesse Grimes and Mathew CaldwellSigners of the Texas Declaration of Independence — March 2, 1836 —
Mathew Caldwell was called Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution. Caldwell’s daughters Lucy Ann and Martha Elizabeth came to Grimes County from Gonzales. Martha E. Married Isham Dixon Davis and settled N. Grimes County at Mesa, near Iola, by 1846. . . . Map (db m111903) HM
8 Texas, Grimes County, Anderson — 18060 — Kenneth Lewis Anderson
Front: Erected by the State of Texas in memory of Kenneth Lewis Anderson Born in Hillsboro, North Carolina, Sept. 11, 1805 District Judge, Speaker of the House of the Sixth Congress and last Vice President of the Republic of Texas . . . Map (db m118937) HM
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9 Texas, Grimes County, Anderson — La Bahia RoadUpper Coushatta Trace
This short stretch of road is the last remaining local portion of two very important early Texas roads. La Bahia Road (early 1700's) was an old Spanish military road that forked southwesterly from the Old San Antonio Road west of Nacogdoches, to . . . Map (db m118974) HM
10 Texas, Grimes County, Anderson — 8594 — Michael Moore Kennard(July 27, 1809 - July 7, 1895)
Born in Tennessee. In 1828 he and family joined Robertson's Colony, bound for Texas. Arrived in 1830, probably having stopped to "make a crop" along the way. Lived in present Grimes County; was granted a third of a league of land in Robertson's . . . Map (db m118939) HM
11 Texas, Grimes County, Anderson — Rocky Creek Bridge
This historic bridge was originally located on CR 263 (known locally as CR 180) over Rocky Creek. Constructed around 1905, the Warren pony truss measured 50 feet in length and is a rare survivor of a once-common structure. The single-span, four . . . Map (db m111910) HM
12 Texas, Grimes County, Anderson — 8603 — Site of a Munition Factory
Of the Southern Confederacy established in 1861 · In operation until 1865 · Cannon, cannon balls, guns, pistols, swords, sabers, bayonets and gun powder were manufactured Erected by the State of Texas 1936Map (db m157882) HM
13 Texas, Grimes County, Anderson — 8609 — Site of Piedmont Springs Resort
In operation as early as 1850 as health spa and resort because of three nearby sulphur springs (varying in taste from mild to strong). Numerous drinking places and bathhouses allowed guests to move freely about grounds. Grand four-story hotel . . . Map (db m245556) HM
14 Texas, Grimes County, Anderson — 8617 — Steinhagen Log Cabin
​ Built before 1860. Log walls are unspliced. Slaves hand-hewed the timbers, stones, made doors, window shutters. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1965Map (db m157834) HM
15 Texas, Grimes County, Anderson — 8599 — Veterans Memorial
In memory of Colonel Benjamin Fort Smith, Dr. Robert C. Neblett, Veterans of The War of 1812 Colonel Benjamin F. Smith Veteran of the Black Hawk War, 1832 Jared E. Groce, Joshua Hadley William Robinson, delegates to the First . . . Map (db m118943) HM
16 Texas, Grimes County, Bedias — 9407 — Bedias First Baptist Church
The Rev. Anderson Buffington (1806-91), a Baptist missionary who fought at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836, organized this church in 1848. Services were held in a small schoolhouse until the 1850s. In 1859 the congregation built this structure, . . . Map (db m171442) HM
17 Texas, Grimes County, Bedias — 8564 — Town of Bedias
Named for North and South Bedias creeks, which in turn were named for the Bidai Indians, an agricultural people reputed to have been the oldest inhabitants of the area. "Bidai" means "brushwood", which may refer to the building material used in . . . Map (db m171440) HM
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18 Texas, Grimes County, Iola — 8567 — Katy Holland McDowell Treadwell Cobb
In 1822, at the age of seven, Katy Holland migrated to Texas with her parents as a member of Stephen F. Austin's "Old 300" Colony. Her life reflects the harshness of frontier life in Texas. Twice widowed before her marriage to William Cobb in the . . . Map (db m158888) HM
19 Texas, Grimes County, Iola — 20130 — Zion Cemetery
Zion Cemetery is the final resting place of early pioneers of Grimes County and their descendants whose memory is preserved here. Methodist Episcopal Church, South, now known as Zion United Methodist Church, formed in 1852 when settlers purchased . . . Map (db m158885) HM
20 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8568 — Courtney Cemetery
Located on land which is adjacent to the 1873 subdivision of Courtney known as McAlpine town this cemetery was established by developer Dugald McAlpine (1795 - 1876). The oldest documented grave in the cemetery is that of W.S. Draper (1828 - . . . Map (db m159520) HM
21 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8577 — First Presbyterian Church of Navasota
Organized in 1866, drawing members from old church at Washington, Texas. First building, erected in 1876, was replaced in 1894 by this Victorian Edifice finely crafted in the taste of its English builders. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark . . . Map (db m159691) HM
22 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8575 — First United Methodist Church of Navasota
The first worship services of the Methodist Church in Navasota were held in 1853 in the community schoolhouse. The Rev. T.W. Blake served as part - time pastor for most of the Antebellum and Civil War years. In 1866 the Houston & Texas Central . . . Map (db m159575) HM
23 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — Flags over Texas Monument
From a time before recorded history the area around the confluence of the Brazos and Navasota Rivers, along the La Bahia trail has been a magnet to travelers and a place to rest and reflect on the heritage of Texas. This monument celebrates that . . . Map (db m217340) HM
24 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8578 — Foster Home
Mattie Brigance Foster, daughter of Grimes County settler Franklin Brigance, had this home built in 1900 shortly after the death of her husband. Incorporating elements of the Colonial Revival and Shingle styles, the house is of cypress frame . . . Map (db m214708) HM
25 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — Frank Augustus Hamer
Frank Augustus Hamer became the Navasota City Marshal in 1908, after the Navasota City Council made a plea to the Governor of Texas for help. Grimes County had become a battleground for the decade prior to his arrival plagued with political and . . . Map (db m159681) HM
26 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 18780 — George Washington Carver High School
Around 1865, Reverend J.J. Reinhart established the Navasota Colored School for African American students. After several buildings were destroyed by fire, a brick building was built in 1942. A few years later, the school became officially known as . . . Map (db m159522) HM
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27 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8604 — Home of Lt. Gov. George D. Neal(Oct. 7, 1853 - July 13, 1916)
Born in Amelia County, VA. The Neal family moved to Washington County, Texas, in 1866. Neal, after attending Baylor University, was admitted to the Bar in 1876. He married Fannie C. Brooks in Oct. 1880, moved to Navasota in 1881, and purchased this . . . Map (db m213690) HM
28 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8566 — Joseph Brooks Home
A native of England, Joseph Brooks (1831-89) migrated to Texas with his wife Mary Ann (Farrer) (1833-1900) in 1853. After serving in the Civil War, Brooks moved to Navasota, where he survived an 1867 yellow fever epidemic and became a leading area . . . Map (db m214706) HM
29 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8595 — La Bahia Trail
Originally an Indian trail through southern Texas and Louisiana; known to Spanish explorers as early as 1690, when the De Leon Expedition passed this site on the way from Mexico to East Texas. With 115 men, 721 horses, 82 loads of flour, and . . . Map (db m213702) HM
30 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8598 — Lee Tabernacle Methodist Church
This Methodist Congregation was founded in 1860, and worshipped with the Baptist Church in shared facilities in Navasota. A church building was erected in 1866 in what was called "Freeman's Town". The Methodist group was formally organized in . . . Map (db m159525) HM
31 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — M-60 Tank Memorial
United States Department of the Army delivered a model M-60ATTS tank Serial Number 3757-A to this site. The M 60 combat tank equipped with 105 mm cannon was deployed in Vietnam and Desert Storm wars. This tank is dedicated to all members of VFW Post . . . Map (db m217347) WM
32 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — Mance Lipscomb
Mance Lipscomb, born in 1895, was one of the last of the nineteenth-century “songsters,” a tradition that predated the development of the blues. This tradition incorporated a wide variety of material in diverse styles, ballads, Tags, dance pieces, . . . Map (db m213701) HM
33 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8601 — Mickelborough Building
Eliza Johnson (d.1876) had this building constructed in 1874 following a fire which destroyed several structures on the block. It was made of limestone rubble to comply with a city ordinance requiring all new construction to include fireproof . . . Map (db m159666) HM
34 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8592 — Primus Kelly
A faithful Negro slave. Came to nearby Courtney, Grimes County in 1851 with his master, John W. S. West from North Carolina. West was a prominent and wealthy pioneer planter and landowner. At the outbreak of the Civil War, West sent Kelly "to . . . Map (db m119574) HM
35 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8579 — R.B.S. Foster Home
Early Texas plantation home in architectural style of the Atlantic states. Malcolm Camp, wealthy cotton planter, built this structure in 1859, with lumber hauled from East Texas sawmills. High-ceilinged rooms are very large. Formal dining room in . . . Map (db m168051) HM
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36 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — Rene Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle
Treacherously slain by his own men near this spot in March 1687 Born Rouen France November 22 1643 Explorer of the Mississippi River Frontier Statesman - Empire Builder A Nobleman in Rank and CharacterMap (db m159591) HM
37 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8590 — Robert A. Horlock House
Alabama native Robert Augustus Horlock (1849-1926) came to Navasota in 1871. Here he became a prominent businessman and civic leader. He and his wife, Agnes (White), had this home built in the early 1890s. The house, which remained in the Horlock . . . Map (db m214712) HM
38 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8612 — Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
In 1864, Bishop Alexander Gregg organized an Episcopal Mission in Navasota that became a Parish in 1866. Originally known as the Church of the Holy Comforter, it was renamed in 1870, when the church building from St. Paul's in Washington (7 mi. . . . Map (db m159580) HM
39 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8613 — Sangster House
Built in 1902 by Robert Andrew "Buck" Sangster (1878-1957), with part of the proceeds from a winning lottery ticket. Constructed in the Queen Anne Revival style with Classic Revival elements on the exterior. Curly red pine woodwork decorates the . . . Map (db m214710) HM
40 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8580 — Site of Freeman Inn
Built by Ira M. Freeman, 1856; Way Station and Hotel for passengers on several stage lines through city. Two-story pine building housed many travelers, among them, Sam Houston. Important visitors, officers stayed here in Civil War. Coaches and . . . Map (db m159583) HM
41 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8574 — The First Baptist Church of Navasota
In the spring of 1860, six men formed this church, one of the first of any faith in the railroad town of Navasota. By fall there were 52 members, and growth continued. Services were held in the town's schoolhouse, and then in a Methodist church, . . . Map (db m159530) HM
42 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8597 — The Leake Building
Originally a one-story frame business house built in 1873 by Walter J. and Julia C. Peterson, this structure was enlarged in 1885. Native sandstone walls and a second story were added. John Wesley Leake (1852-1940), a builder, horse breeder, and . . . Map (db m202052) HM
43 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8625 — The Lewis J. Wilson Building
A native of Connecticut Lewis J. Wilson (1832–1895) moved with his parents to Grimes County in 1851. His father Samuel opened a general merchandise business in Anderson. Lewis managed the store until 1861 when he left to serve in the Civil . . . Map (db m159676) HM
44 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8576 — The Old First National Bank of Navasota
Local Architect, Contractor and Stonemason James Davern and his brother-in-law C.C. Camp built this commercial edifice in the 1880s. Constructed of cement-covered stone rubble, it was remodeled with renaissance revival detailing in the 1890s, . . . Map (db m159645) HM
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45 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 8621 — The Terrell House
In 1897 Elizabeth Owen had this two-story residence constructed for her daughter Emmeline B. Terrell (b. 1849), the widow of local pharmacist Joel W. Terrell, II, who had died the previous year. In 1899 the home was purchased by John H. . . . Map (db m214705) HM
46 Texas, Grimes County, Navasota — 22740 — Washington Avenue
Following La Bahia Road, Washington Avenue through downtown Navasota was a main section of the early road connecting the western settlements of Washington-on-the-Brazos and Goliad to the Grimes County seat of Anderson to the east and on to . . . Map (db m213691) HM
47 Texas, Grimes County, Plantersville — 16757 — Blackberry Community
Settlers mostly from the Lower South (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia) settled this part of Grimes County near John's Creek. By the late 19th century, Blackberry became a largely African-American settlement. Most families raised livestock . . . Map (db m128635) HM
48 Texas, Grimes County, Plantersville — 8610 — Plantersville Baptist Church
Organized May, 1861, with Rev. N.T. Byars as pastor. Worship was in a schoolhouse until erection of this building, which was dedicated Aug. 4, 1872. Cost $2,701.73, paid in gold. Church bell came by oxcart from San Antonio. Building, including . . . Map (db m169124) HM
49 Texas, Grimes County, Plantersville — 8611 — Plantersville Baptist Church
Organized May 19, 1861, by elders N.T. Byars and George W. Baines. The Rev. Mr Baines was the great - grandfather of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson.Map (db m169126) HM
50 Texas, Grimes County, Plantersville — 13100 — Plantersville Cemetery
Settlers from the southern United States began arriving in this area as early as the 1830s. A post office opened in 1856 as Plantersville, a name suggested by Sarah Greene to honor local planters. Members of her family are buried here. This . . . Map (db m169130) HM
51 Texas, Grimes County, Plantersville — 12792 — St. Mary's Catholic Church
The first recorded visit of a Catholic priest to Plantersville occurred in the summer of 1860. Infrequent worship services subsequently were held at the home of James Kelly Markey until the first church building was constructed in 1873. An . . . Map (db m128636) HM
52 Texas, Grimes County, Roans Prairie — 8593 — Anthony Drew Kennard
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53 Texas, Grimes County, Roans Prairie — 8606 — Oakland Baptist Church
Organized 1854. First pastor was George W. Baines, great grandfather of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Congregation worshipped in school room till 1872 when present church was built. Church was moved to this site in 1913. Recorded . . . Map (db m158880) HM
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54 Texas, Grimes County, Roans Prairie — 8607 — Old Oakland Cemetery
Founded in 1867 in connection with the Oakland Baptist Church which stood here until moved to Roans Prairie in 1913. Graves of many pioneers are located here. Oakland was once a popular way-station for the Bates and Black Stagecoach Lines, . . . Map (db m199314) HM
55 Texas, Grimes County, Shiro — 13066 — Shiro Presbyterian Church
In October 1853, eleven early settlers of the Prairie Plains community (3 mi. E), also known as Red Top, founded the Prairie Plains congregation of the Cumberland Prebyterian Church. Brother Weyman Adair served as the congregation's first pastor, . . . Map (db m241474) HM
56 Texas, Grimes County, Stoneham — 22861 — Andrew Jackson Montgomery
Born in Tennessee in 1801 Came to Texas in 1819 Participated in the Battle of San Jacinto as member of Captain James Gillespie's Company Map (db m169880) HM
57 Texas, Grimes County, Stoneham — 8602 — Andrew Jackson Montgomery(Apr. 4, 1801 - Dec. 3, 1863)
Born in Blount County, Tennessee, Andrew Jackson Montgomery came to Texas in 1819 with the James Long Expedition. In 1823, as the first known settler in Montgomery County, he opened a trading post at the crossing of two Indian trails. From his . . . Map (db m169881) HM
58 Texas, Grimes County, Stoneham — 15400 — John Montgomery
Native of Alabama Came to Texas in 1830 Participated in the Battle of San Jacinto A member of Captain James Gillaspie's CompanyMap (db m169871) HM
59 Texas, Grimes County, Stoneham — 8619 — Stoneham Methodist Church
Early settlers of Stoneham, established in 1885, attended Methodist services in nearby Plantersville. This congregation was organized by 12 members of the Plantersville Church in 1885. Services were held in a school and led by circuit riding . . . Map (db m169181) HM
60 Texas, Grimes County, Stoneham — 8618 — The Stoneham Cemetery
Franklin Jarvis Greenwood (1804 - 1882), who came to Texas in 1829, donated land for this cemetery. It was originally called "High Point" for a nearby settlement. The first known interments were Greenwood's daughters Mary Anne (b. 1840) and . . . Map (db m169140) HM
61 Texas, Grimes County, Whitehall — 8587 — Jared Ellison GroceSite of the Home Built in 1833 by — (1782 - 1836) —
Generally known as "Groce's Retreat" • Here he died November 20, 1836 • • The name "Retreat" was continued for a postoffice and village two miles to the east after the house was torn downMap (db m169378) HM
62 Texas, Grimes County, Whitehall — 8623 — Union Grove Baptist Church
Organized in Sawyer community about 1865; had 27 members that year. In 1870 Dougald McAlpine donated this 3 - acre site. Church building was erected in 1880 and Union Baptist Association held its annual convention here. This congregation (1882) . . . Map (db m169241) HM
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63 Texas, Grimes County, Whitehall — 8624 — White Hall School
As communities were developed by early settlers in Texas, small rural schools were established. Primarily serving farm families, the schools were often closed when children were needed to help harvest crops or perform other farm chores. A . . . Map (db m169238) HM
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May. 18, 2024