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Fanthorp Inn, Washington-on-the-Brazos, & Bluebonnets
We'll take a break from intense hiking in the middle of the Texas wildflower season to experience the world famous Texas Bluebonnets. Along the way we'll find a little Texas history at Fanthorp Inn and Washington on the Brazos, Texas Wine at Pleasant Hill Winery and of course Texas BBQ. (Notice a theme here?) The link below is the planned driving route with stops along the way. The route is subject to change depending on flower reports. Print or save to your phone on Friday to be sure to have the latest route. Plan on a flexible routing as we may get seperated or change as we go. DRIVING PLAN Forecast : PLEASE TRY TO CARPOOL AND DRIVERS BE CAREFUL WITH DRIVING SINCE THERE MAY BE A LOT OF PEOPLE ON THE ROAD AND SUDDEN STOPS FOR BLUEBONNET SIGHTINGS. PASSENGERS PLEASE DON'T DISTRACT YOUR DRIVER. Join our community carpool, leaving at 7:30 AM: Everyone gets a ride or a rider. Judson Robinson, Jr. Community Center 2020 Hermann Dr, Houston, TX 77004 After Hike Event : Silver Saddle Smokehouse 312 E Main St, Bellville, TX 77418 (979) 865-8800 Google Map of location Previous time we did this hike in 2013: Fanthorp Inn Historic Site: Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site consists of six acres in Anderson, county seat of Grimes County acquired from a Fanthorp descendant. It was opened to the public Oct. 4, 1987, to demonstrate 19th century life at an early Texas stagecoach stop and family home. Ten years were spent researching and restoring the inn to its 1850 use as both a family home and travelers' stop. The double-pen, cedar log dogtrot house was built by an English immigrant, Henry Fanthorp, when Texas was part of Mexico. Fanthorp petitioned Stephen F. Austin in 1832 for permission to settle in this original Austin Colony. He bought 1,100 acres and built his house in 1834 on the road that crossed his land, thus bringing travelers to his door immediately. Henry Fanthorp was appointed postmaster by the provisional Texas government in 1835, and saw the advantage of offering other services and goods to his frequent visitors. Within time, Fanthorp's Inn became a well-known stopping place for both travelers and the community. Washington-on-the-Brazos: The General Convention, which would decide the fate of Texas, met at Washington in March 1836. People revere Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site as the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. Thereafter, despite great personal risk, the delegates continued meeting until they had drafted a constitution and established the new nation’s first lasting government. Washington remained a town of some prominence in early Texas until the eve of the Civil War. The park encompasses the site of the historic town. Washington was the first county seat of Washington County in 1836, the capital of Texas from 1842 to 1845, and the home of the last president of the Republic of Texas, Anson Jones. Pleasant Hill Winery Website:

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Park

Co Rd 245 and Stone Lane · Anderson, TX


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This group is for people who enjoy hiking and want to explore the trails of the Houston area and beyond. We hike every weekend. Our hikes are normally 10-12 miles so a reasonable fitness level is needed. We plan camping trips once a month, mostly around Texas with occasional trips to various National Parks and other special hiking location.

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