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Historical Markers in Henderson County, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Henderson County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Henderson County, TX (32) Anderson County, TX (41) Cherokee County, TX (38) Ellis County, TX (100) Freestone County, TX (38) Kaufman County, TX (93) Navarro County, TX (97) Smith County, TX (100) Van Zandt County, TX (31)  HendersonCounty(32) Henderson County (32)  AndersonCounty(41) Anderson County (41)  CherokeeCounty(38) Cherokee County (38)  EllisCounty(100) Ellis County (100)  FreestoneCounty(38) Freestone County (38)  KaufmanCounty(93) Kaufman County (93)  NavarroCounty(97) Navarro County (97)  SmithCounty(100) Smith County (100)  VanZandtCounty(31) Van Zandt County (31)
Athens is the county seat for Henderson County
Adjacent to Henderson County, Texas
      Anderson County (41)  
      Cherokee County (38)  
      Ellis County (100)  
      Freestone County (38)  
      Kaufman County (93)  
      Navarro County (97)  
      Smith County (100)  
      Van Zandt County (31)  
 
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1Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 16722 — 1925 Henderson County Jail
On East Larkin Street at North Palestine Street (State Highway 19), on the left when traveling east on East Larkin Street.
As early as 1850, Henderson County officials realized the need for a county jail. The first jail was completed in 1856 or 1857. It became known as the log calaboose. A new jail was built in 1874 facing North Common Street. On November 1, 1897, a . . . Map (db m187047) HM
2Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 9413 — Athens
On South Palestine Street (State Highway 19) 0.2 miles north of East Cayuga Drive (Farm to Market Road 59), on the right when traveling north.
Founded 1850. Named for Athens, Greece. Supply and military training headquarters during Civil War. Sent army about 1,000 men. Center for manufacturing and agriculture. Home of annual Old Fiddlers' Contest and of Henderson County Junior . . . Map (db m186664) HM
3Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 12860 — Athens Cemetery
On South Prairieville Street, on the right when traveling south.
After citizens petitioned for its closure, an unofficial burial ground in this area (large lot 13) closed in 1857. That same year, local residents buried prominent planter, Mason and school superintendent William J. Brantley here on one acre donated . . . Map (db m31734) HM
4Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 17506 — Clinton Williams Murchison, Sr.
Near Commanche Street.
Clint W. Murchison, Sr. was born April 11, 1895, in Tyler to John W. and Clara (Williams) Murchison. His grandfather, T.F. Murchison, was one of the earliest settlers to arrive in Athens and established the first bank in Henderson County in 1890. . . . Map (db m155140) HM
5Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 10350 — Courts Under the Oaks
On East Tyler Street (State Highway 31), on the right when traveling east.
Henderson County was established in 1846, the year after Texas was annexed by the United States. In 1850, after previous reductions in the county's original size, the present boundaries were set by the Texas Legislature. The restructuring resulted . . . Map (db m186718) HM
6Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 10343 — Dulcinea Ann Holland Thompson Avriett(1834-1920)
Near South Prairieville Street.
A native of Athens, Georgia, Dulcinea Ann Holland came to Henderson County with her family in 1847. She married E. J. Thompson in 1851. According to local tradition, she named the town of Athens after her birthplace. Following the death of her . . . Map (db m31717) HM
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7Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 10352 — Faulk-Gauntt Building
On North Prairieville Street, on the right when traveling south.
An earlier building at this location housed the law offices of Senator J. J. Faulk and Judge W. L. Faulk. In the early 1890s the site was purchased by J. R. Gauntt, a local businessman. The son of pioneer area settlers, he operated a mercantile . . . Map (db m187050) HM
8Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 10363 — Henderson County
On South Palestine Street (State Highway 19) 0.2 miles East Cayuga Drive (Farm to Market Road 59), on the right when traveling north.
Formed from Houston and Nacogdoches counties. Created April 27, 1846, Organized August 4, 1846. Named in honor of James Pinckney Henderson 1808-1858 First governor of the State of Texas Buffalo, Centerville and Athens . . . Map (db m186666) HM
9Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 10362 — Henderson County C.S.A.Home Town of Texas Confederate
On South Palestine Street (State Highway 19) at Carey Circle, on the right when traveling south on South Palestine Street.
Front: Henderson County C. S. A. Voted 400 – 49 for secession. Sent about 1,000 into Confederate Army, with one detachment of 150 having only 13 live to return. Caldwell's farm, three miles northeast, and Fincastle, 19 miles . . . Map (db m26382) HM
10Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 13831 — Henderson County Courthouse
On East Corsicana Street (Business U.S. 175), on the right when traveling west.
The Texas Legislature created Henderson County in 1846. For the next few years, county commissioners met at various locations, including private homes and the communities of Buffalo and Centerville. Samuel Huffer later determined the center of the . . . Map (db m186715) HM
11Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 10373 — Henderson County Pottery Industry
On South Palestine Street (State Highway 19) 0.2 miles north of East Cayuga Drive (Farm to Market Road 59), on the right when traveling north.
Prehistoric Caddoan Indians utilized the abundant deposits of rich clays in this region to make their fine pottery vessels. The modern pottery industry in Henderson County began in 1857, when Levi S. Cogburn (1812-1866), one of a . . . Map (db m186709) HM
12Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 18655 — J.B. Henry"The Pea Man"
On South Palestine Street (State Highway 19) 0.2 miles north of East Cayuga Drive (Farm to Market Road 59), on the right when traveling north.
Introduced in the United States in the early eighteenth century, black-eyed peas, also known as cowpeas, served primarily as animal feed on farms. The hardships of the Civil War, including the scarcity of food in the south, led to increased human . . . Map (db m187049) HM
13Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 17917 — Jess Sweeten
On East Larkin Street at North Palestine Street (State Highway 19), on the left when traveling east on East Larkin Street.
Completing his work as a steel rigger in 1929 employed by Otis Elevator Company on the Texas Power & Light Company in Trinidad, Texas, Jess Sweeten was offered a job as a deputy constable in Henderson County. Bob King was appointed to find a new . . . Map (db m187048) HM
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14Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 13285 — John Matthews McDonald
Near South Prairieville Street.
North Carolina-born John Matthews McDonald (1827-1883) came to Texas in 1848 and lived first at Larissa, Cherokee Co. and then Mound Prairie, Anderson Co., where his brother Murdoch earlier settled. Two years later, he moved to the young town of . . . Map (db m31730) HM
15Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 10365 — Joseph Thomas La Rue(Nov. 18, 1864-Feb. 13, 1930)
Near South Prairieville Street.
Alderman on Athens' first city council (1901). La Rue (Town 13 mi. SE) was named for him. Educator, merchant, civic leader, banker, humanitarian, prohibitionist, democrat, historian. Married March 16, 1892, Stella Elvira Parsons. They had . . . Map (db m31726) HM
16Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 10357 — Machinery From First Factory in Athens
On South Palestine Street (State Highway 19) 0.2 miles East Cayuga Drive (Farm to Market Road 59), on the right when traveling north.
Established 1882 (at site 1.5 mi. NE) by local planter H. M. Morrison, to make building brick. Total original machinery consisted of this press and plunger. Press was hand-operated. A mule-drawn swivel ran the plunger, mixing clay . . . Map (db m186712) HM
17Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 10369 — Owen Cemetery
On Pace Ranch Road, 0.5 miles south of County Highway 4622, on the left when traveling south.
David Allen Owen came to Texas with his first wife, Mary (Langsdon), who died enroute, and their 5 children. They traveled with family members and others from Randolph County, Alabama to Henderson County, Texas in 1851. Owen served as chief . . . Map (db m155485) HM
18Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 10371 — Pilgrim’s Rest Primitive Baptist ChurchNear this spot was located the pioneer
On State Highway 31.
Constituted in Randolph County, Ala. Nov. 23, 1850; opened services here, a Baptist Branch, Jan. 1851, during resting of 150 Pilgrims in covered wagon caravan led by Samuel Tine Owen, a brother, John Bunyan Owen, and brother-in-law, K.K. Knight. . . . Map (db m128109) HM
19Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 18530 — Sid Williams Richardson
Near Larue Street east of Dean Street, on the right when traveling east.
Born in Athens on April 25, 1891, Sid Williams Richardson became known as the "Billionaire Bachelor." When he was 16, Sid traveled to Louisiana, to purchase cattle with money he saved. A natural trader and negotiator, Richardson sold the calves . . . Map (db m155141) HM
20Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 10365 — Stella E. Parsons La Rue(Feb. 16, 1874-Dec. 7, 1949)
On South Prairieville Street.
Known as first white child born in Terrell; daughter of Confederate army surgeon, Dr. Homer Lee Parsons (M.D., Yale University) and wife, Margaret C. R. R. Parsons. In role of wife and mother "Mammy La Rue" was beloved of family and . . . Map (db m31728) HM
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21Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 9414 — The Athens Review
On South Prairieville Street near West College Street, on the left when traveling south.
"The Athens Review" was established as a weekly newspaper by J. B. Bishop and George M. Johnson, editors and owners, on Dec. 24, 1885. The earliest newspaper in Henderson County, "The Athens Bulletin," had been founded by printer J. H. Cox and . . . Map (db m31689) HM
22Texas, Henderson County, Athens — 10376 — William Richardson(Dec. 6, 1805 - May 30, 1864)
On State Highway 175 at Richardson Road, on the right when traveling west on State Highway 175.
Born in South Carolina, William Richadson moved to Pickens County, Alabama in 1830. There he married Mary "Polly" Kilpatrick (1813-1889) on Feb. 13, 1834. Children born to them were John K., James J., Sara F., Margaret C., Martha E., William A., . . . Map (db m37035) HM
23Texas, Henderson County, Brownsboro — 10345 — Brownsboro Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery
On State Highway 31 at Stuart Street, on the left when traveling west on State Highway 31.
After migrating from Norway in 1845, Ole Reierson bought the land that included this cemetery site (1.1 mi. ESE). He chose the spot for his burial and carved several of the plain brown gravestones before he died in 1852. The . . . Map (db m31633) HM
24Texas, Henderson County, Brownsboro — 14885 — Rock Hill Cemetery
On County Road 3405, on the right when traveling south.
Rock Hill Cemetery has served this area since the late 1800s. It is located on land granted to pioneer Alexander J. Clayton, who migrated here from Alabama with his wife, Martha (Carver), and his children in 1854. Clayton, who was born in North . . . Map (db m31618) HM
25Texas, Henderson County, Brownsboro — 10368 — Site of Old Normandy(One-Half Mile Southeast)
On State Highway 31 at Stuart Street, on the left when traveling west on State Highway 31.
First Norwegian colony in Texas. Founded in 1845 by Johan Reinert Reierson (1810-1864) and Ole Reierson, of Holt, Norway. In "Christianssandsposten", J.R. Reierson urged Norwegians to find "a rich life" by migrating to Texas. His associate . . . Map (db m31634) HM
26Texas, Henderson County, Chandler — 10349 — Cherokee Exodus from Texas
On State Highway 31, on the right when traveling west.
Driven from Eastern states by white settlers, Cherokee Indians migrated to the East Texas area, becoming established by 1820. In 1822, they unsuccessfully sought title to their land from Mexico. The years following were ones of an . . . Map (db m91604) HM
27Texas, Henderson County, Chandler — 12952 — John Crane
On State Highway 31, 0.2 miles west of Parker Street (County Road 3302), on the left when traveling west.
In 1830, John Crane applied to be a part of Joseph Vehlein's colony. Reportedly from Virginia, he was a veteran of the War of 1812. He moved his wife and seven children to what is now Walker County, Texas, in 1834. There, he organized men and became . . . Map (db m31567) HM
28Texas, Henderson County, Chandler — 10380 — Yarborough House
On Old Tyler Road when traveling east.
Occupied since 1903 by Charles Richard and Nannie Jane Spear Yarborough and 3 generations of descendants. Birthplace in 1903 of United States Senator Ralph Webster Yarborough. In this house Charles R. Yarborough, as Justice of the Peace, performed . . . Map (db m202005) HM
29Texas, Henderson County, Malakoff — 10356 — First Baptist ChurchOn Walker Street
On North Walker Street near West Allen Street, on the left.
In 1894, the Reverend Monroe F. Jackson came to Malakoff and founded this congregation. He named it Good Hope Baptist Church. The same year, church trustees Sam Robinson, Monroe Porter, and Governor Wilson acquired land at this site for a church . . . Map (db m61228) HM
30Texas, Henderson County, Malakoff — 10358 — First United Methodist Churchof Malakoff
On South College Street near East Mitcham Street, on the left when traveling south.
Organized in 1852 by the Rev. Hezekiah Mitcham (1800-1865), this fellowship began with six charter members who first held services in various locations throughout the county. In 1854 the small congregation erected one of the first Methodist church . . . Map (db m61226) HM
31Texas, Henderson County, Trinidad — 10366 — The Malakoff Man
On State Highway 31 west of Farm to Market Road 274, on the right when traveling east.
A sandstone image of a human head - carved by prehistoric men - was found near here in 1929 by workmen of Texas Clay Products Company. It was dug from gravel pit now under Cedar Creek Lake. The carving weighed 98 pounds, was 16 by 14 inches, . . . Map (db m30027) HM
32Texas, Henderson County, Trinidad — 10379 — The Trinity River
On State Highway 31 west of Farm to Market Road 764 (State Highway 274), on the right when traveling east.
Three main tributaries - the West, Elm, and East forks - feed the Trinity from headwaters in North Texas. Discovery of prehistoric Malakoff Man carved stone heads near this site in the 20th century revealed that humans inhabited the Trinity valley . . . Map (db m30029) HM
 
 
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Jan. 27, 2023