Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site

Coordinates: 30°28′59″N 95°59′2″W / 30.48306°N 95.98389°W / 30.48306; -95.98389
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Fanthorp Inn
Fanthorp Inn in 2008
Location579 S. Main St.,
Anderson, Texas
Coordinates30°28′59″N 95°59′2″W / 30.48306°N 95.98389°W / 30.48306; -95.98389
Area6 acres (2.4 ha)
Built1834 (1834)
Built byHenry Fanthorp
Architectural styleLog house, Dogtrot house
WebsiteFanthorp Inn State Historic Site
Part ofAnderson Historic District (ID74002072[1])
TSAL No.8200000297
Significant dates
Designated CPMarch 15, 1974
Designated TSHSOctober 4, 1987
Designated TSALJanuary 1, 1983

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site is a historic hotel in Anderson, Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department acquired the 6-acre (2.4 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.

On July 3, 1845, Kenneth Lewis Anderson, vice-president of the Republic of Texas died from illness at the Inn while en route home from Washington-on-the-Brazos.[4]

On September 1, 2019, Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site was transferred from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to the Texas Historical Commission.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site," Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Retrieved Oct 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "Anderson Historic District," Texas Historic Sites Atlas. Retrieved Oct 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "Anderson, Kenneth Lewis," The Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved Oct. 31, 2008.

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