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Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site, Anderson

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Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site is a historic hotel in Anderson, Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department acquired the 1.4acre 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 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.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.
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  • 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 o...  more »
  • 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 lear...  more »
  • 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 w...  more »
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  • One of the best state historic sites I've been too. Tom, the state park employee and tour guide, was very friendly and knowledgeable. A lot of great history at this place.
  • History everywhere and well presented
  • My husband and I luckily joined a group tour and the knowledgeable docent gave us detailed and interesting instruction for the history! One of the best experiences for visiting Texas State Park!
  • Nicely maintained and staffed.
  • Lots of fun