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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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  • 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 »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  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.
  • 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!
  • I didn't get to go in and view the site. The architecture is typical early Texas settler "dog run".
  • My family & I were given the red carpet treatment. Personal tour & historical reenactment. A true piece of Texas History. Please visit if you want to know more how Texas was founded and how life was in the early 1800's. Beautiful country!