Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site
|Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site|
|Location||Grimes County, Texas|
|Area||1.4 acres (0.57 ha)|
|Governing body||Texas Parks and Wildlife Department|
Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site is a historic hotel in Anderson, Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department acquired the 1.4-acre (0.57 ha) site by purchase in 1977 from a Fanthorp descendant. Ten years were spent researching and restoring the Inn to its 1850 look. The site was opened to the public on October 4, 1987.
The clapboard-covered log house was built in 1834 by an English immigrant, Henry Fanthorp, as a home for his third wife, Rachel Kennard. He bought 1,100 acres (450 ha) and built his house in 1834 along the road that crossed his land. The building was enlarged in about 1850 to accommodate its usage as a hotel and store.
Henry Fanthorp was appointed Postmaster by the Provisional Texas Government in 1835. The building was the first post office in the region. Fanthorp Inn became a well-known stopping place for stagecoaches, travelers and the community.
- "Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site," Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Retrieved Oct 31, 2008.
- "Anderson Historic District," Texas Historic Sites Atlas. Retrieved Oct 31, 2008.
- "Anderson, Kenneth Lewis," The Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved Oct. 31, 2008.