“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Hempstead, Texas Historical Markers

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By Larry D. Moore, March 29, 2018
Ahrenbeck-Urban Home
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 9373 — Ahrenbeck-Urban Home
This two-story galleried Greek Revival residence was built about 1872 by German native William Ahrenbeck (1828-1888). A prominent area civic leader and builder, he also served as postmaster and mayor of Hempstead. His daughter Ella Justine Ahrenbeck . . . — Map (db m117605) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 9376 — Clear Creek Confederate War Camps
Although no physical evidence has been found of the Confederate camp sites in this area, historical accounts have established that this part of Waller County was the location of several Civil War encampments. The close proximity of Clear Creek, the . . . — Map (db m74263) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 8109 — Former Waller County Post Offices
Before the age of modern communication, the postal system was a vital link between isolated rural settlements. Early Waller County post offices were often located in a residence or general store near the local church, gristmill, cotton gin, or . . . — Map (db m125606) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 9380 — Gen. George and Libbie Custer Campsite
Soon after the Civil War General George Armstrong Custer and his cavalry unit arrived in Texas as part of a large U.S. force sent to establish order and counter the threat posed by French-controlled Mexico. From August to October, 1865, Custer, his . . . — Map (db m117799) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 9386 — Groce Family Plantations
Pioneers in this Texas area. Had early cotton gin and ferry. Founder of family was Jared E. Groce (1782-1836), who came to Texas in 1822. His large wagon train brought elaborate plantation equipment. Groce built "Bernardo" and "Groce's Retreat." . . . — Map (db m74265) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 9388 — Hempstead, C.S.A.
Front: Major Civil War center in Texas with railroad, troop training, manufacturing, and supply activity. Training camps Groce and Hebert kept troops in readiness to move by rail to Houston and thence to the coast of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas . . . — Map (db m125608) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 9396 — Liendo
A plantation home built in 1853 by Leonard W. Groce. The scene for many years of lavish Southern hospitality. Purchased March 4, 1873, by Dr. Edmund Duncan Montgomery (1835-1911), world-famed philosopher, and his wife, Elisabet Ney (1833-1907), . . . — Map (db m126528) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 9395 — Liendo Plantation
Named for Spanish grandee who was first owner of the 5-league survey here. Leonard W. Groce, a settler, in 1853 built this 16-room home using slave labor. Bricks for foundation and chimneys were made from Brazos Valley clay. The kitchen . . . — Map (db m126529) HM
Texas (Waller County), Hempstead — 8118 — Waller County
Created from Austin and Grimes counties, April 28, and organized Aug. 16, 1873. Named for Edwin Waller (1800-1861), a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836; Postmaster General, Texas Republic; First mayor of Austin. Site of rich . . . — Map (db m125605) HM

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