Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site

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Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site
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CJTravelerTexas
Texas8,381 contributions
Dec 2021
While off the beaten path, the Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site in Anderson, Grimes County, Texas, is a place well worth visiting for people who are interested in Texas history. The Fanthorp Inn, owned by Henry and Rachel Fanthorp, served as a stagecoach stop, inn, and post office between 1834 and 1868. When my friend and I arrived, we were the only visitors to this historic site, and Chandler Wahrmund, a Texas history educator and interpreter, gave us a private tour of the inn and surrounding area. He possessed a wealth of knowledge and did an exceptional job of bringing the Fanthorp Inn to life. Also present at this historic site is a replica stagecoach which is used frequently to give visitors rides and the cemetery.
Written 4 December 2021
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Stacy R
Fulshear, TX180 contributions
Apr 2021
This hidden gem, located at the end of a dead-end road, is a fascinating step back in time to the 1850s. The inn is free to visit, though donations are welcome. Our guide, Chandler, brought history to life with stories of the Fanthorp family and how their Inn grew and evolved.

Learn about the early days of the mail and stagecoach travel, and what a stay in a stagecoach inn was like. Sam Houston was a frequent guest at the inn, so you will be walking in the footsteps of Texas' Independence.

This was our favorite stop of the day, and one of our top historical site visits to date.
Written 26 April 2021
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houstonnative47
Missouri City, TX1,109 contributions
Jan 2021
We were the only two people visiting this site on a recent Sunday during Covid so we scored a personal tour by Adam. Another reviewer (Joan W) gave a great recap of the Inn so read that for great details. We learned so much about 1830's travel and customs. We especially enjoyed the dining room setup with the "shoo fly".
The stagecoach replica in the old barn was interesting since that one held 12 riders inside such a tiny space. During the current pandemic there are no rides being offered.
We were told that during wildflower season that the crowds are large there for one thing because of all of the flowers.
We really enjoyed the history of the place and you will too!
Written 2 February 2021
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dianel103
Lake Placid, FL232 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Once a month Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site gives interested people the opportunity to ride an authentic, renovated stagecoach. The ride alone was worth the visit, but there was so much more. Four ladies played dulcimers on the front porch of the inn. Outstanding! They, along with a host of rangers and other volunteers, were dressed in period dress interacting as if living in the 1850s. Tour the inn and picture stopping for the night sharing a room with a group of strangers. Check out the barn and the cemetery. We were able to catch some early bloom Blue Bonnets--a real treat. Children, seniors, and all ages in between joined the festivities. Everyone involved went out of their way to make a day at Fanthorp a memorable experience. Check their web site.
Written 10 March 2018
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Joan W
Green Valley, AZ552 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
The Fanthorp Inn which operated from 1850-1867 is located in a residential area on the south side of tiny Anderson, TX in a lovely setting with a huge tree with Spanish moss and a white picket fence out front. It is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM to 3:30 PM and there is no admittance fee. On the second Saturday of each month from February through October stage coach rides are available. The day I was there the tour guide was great and you could sense his appreciation for the history of the site. He painted such wonderful word pictures that you actually felt you were back in the 1850s. The table in the dining room is set as it would have been back in the heyday of the Inn which could sleep 60 guests. The guide pointed out the simple but effective system of hanging fans used to keep the guests more comfortable and the unique way flies were kept under control. The tour takes visitors up the narrow and steep stairs to the second floor (inaccessible for wheechairs users), but even if you choose not to go upstairs, the first floor gives you a feel for the life at the Inn and there is a furnished bedroom on the first floor. The site also has picnic tables and restrooms for visitors' use, a cemetery from 1844, a barn with a replica of an 1850 stage coach, and grounds to explore.

This was one of my favorite stops on my recent month long visit to small towns in TX. I would recommend a stop here for guests of any age. The stage coach, which you could examine as part of the tour, looked like something kids would enjoy. I would suggest allowing at least an hour for your visit.
Written 21 May 2017
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TheOtherTexas
7 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
Republic of Texas - era stagecoach inn, now an educational establishment. Open weekends only. Displays and docents teaching history and travel on the #Texas #frontier ca. #1840s. Much more fun to learn about and imagine than it really was.

Replica of period #stagecoach; check in advance as short rides from town (1/2 mile?) are sometimes available. (Another "more fun to imagine" thing... It's smaller than you think.)

Good for #history nerds or #Western fans, but highly weather-dependent. Buildings not air-conditioned, so summer can be hot

Written 26 March 2017
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Leslie D
China Spring, TX1,613 contributions
Jun 2015 • Solo
Not many historical stagecoach inns exist anymore and they get scarcer every day. So THANK YOU to the Texas Parks Department for keeping this so well preserved and perfect! My advice- go out of your way to off-the-beaten-path Anderson Texas to visit this historic gem. I literally stumbled on it because I took the back roads from Houston back to Waco. The history is fascinating. The Guide was over the top excellent. I spent 2 hours of unplanned time here it was so fascinating! (Make sure to get the Guide to take a pic of you in the Old Stagecoach!)
Written 22 April 2016
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AD Young
Bedias, TX603 contributions
Nov 2014 • Family
In November, I took my kids to the Twilight Firelight event. It was really cool. We had to wait a bit to ride the stage coach to the Inn, but it was worth it. We listened to people talk, music, danced an old fashion dance, and road the buckboard wagon back. An experience everyone should try at least once.
Written 20 April 2015
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Jm S
Cedar Creek70 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
Such a wonderful, little known attraction. Stagecoach ride is only on second Saturday of the month -- will be closed June - August 2015. House was once a stage coach stop, built in 1832. Guides are in period dress and on the day we went they had musicians playing mountain dulcimers. All free, although they do ask for a donation. Little town of Anderson is quite historic as well.
Written 12 April 2015
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starcriers
longview, tx128 contributions
Mar 2015 • Family
We were visiting Huntsville Prison Museum and decided to check out Fanthorp. We arrived just as the guides were packing to leave -about 3:30 on Saturday. They had been playing musical instruments, giving stagecoach rides, and reenacting life from the 1840s. A couple of nice gentlemen greeted us and gave us a tour anyway! The guides really make this site worth the visit. They are animated, full of information, and personable. The tour took about an hour well worth the time. Donations are accepted but the tour is free.
Written 16 March 2015
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