Fernland Historical Park and Museum and Memory Garden, Montgomery

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Evolution of Fernland Historical Park:

Many of the buildings that are present in Fernland Historical Park were acquired by Carroll and Mae Tharp. Mr. & Mrs. Tharp spent 20 years painstakingly relocating, and restoring these buildings. Mr. Tharp, a trained preservation architect and a former board member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, took great care to ensure the authenticity of their restoration.

These buildings include:

The Hulon

The Crane

The Jardine

In 1991, the Tharps donated the buildings listed above, and their original location to Sam Houston State University. Due to the remote location of the buildings, it was decided that these buildings should be moved to a more visitor-friendly site. A site which would allow easier access for the public to enjoy and view. Hence, through a joint effort between Fernland Inc., The City of Montgomery, and Sam Houston State University, a new location was established within the downtown area of the City of Montgomery.

In addition to the above buildings, the Arnold-Simonton home, the oldest home built in Montgomery,Texas was moved to Fernland in 2011. This home is on The National Historic Registry of homes in America.

In 2013 The City of Montgomery took over the management of Fernland and it became one of four city parks within Montgomery, Texas. The city opened the park 6 days a week and hired docents who work for the City of Montgomery, Tx.

Fernland Inc, which is the volunteer park board for Fernland and a 501(c)(3) organization, along with Sam Houston State University continue to work in collaboration with the city to help preserve and maintain our beautiful park.

For general park questions or if interested in tours, please message us here on Facebook, email us, or call us at 936-597-7764 or call the City of Montgomery at 936-597-6434.

To make a donation or volunteer, please contact Fernland, Inc. The link to their website is Fernland.org.
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  • So glad we found this place. It was nice spending a couple of hours walking through the park and looking at the old homes. Only the first one was open. The rest were locked up but we could see inside....  more
    So glad we found this place. It was nice spending a couple of hours walking through the park and looking at the old homes. Only the first one was open. The rest were locked up but we could see inside....  more »
  • We had a great time exploring the park and seeing the historic buildings. I wish we would have found this during a cooler time of the year! It was really too hot to spend as much time as we would... 
    We had a great time exploring the park and seeing the historic buildings. I wish we would have found this during a cooler time of the year! It was really too hot to spend as much time as we would...  more »
  • I enjoyed it.It was very nice to see old home that were dated in the 1800's and seeing how they lived. 
    I enjoyed it.It was very nice to see old home that were dated in the 1800's and seeing how they lived.  more »
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  • We came across this park after going to the nearby mini-golf and we are so glad we did! The history behind the historical houses is so interesting and the docent who gave us a tour was so knowledgeable, engaging and funny. Highly recommended if you are in the area and want to know more about local history.
  • In the midst of new suburb developments is a quaint reminder of how and why Texas became the lonestar state.. Beautifully preserved historic homes dating from the 1800 and 1900s, with amazing examples of how Texas's forefathers dealt with their struggles (as well as the tools they used to help them) make this an amazing exhibit worthy of your free time! Lastly, if you have the time, get the support staff to give you a "full" tour of all the houses.. It's definitely worth it!
  • My fiance and I visited last week and had a great time. Bob was a great host and shared tons of info with us about the history of Montgomery and gave us a tour of the oldest cabin on-site. After that I walked around the beautiful pond and nature trail there and fed the countless turtles 🐢 🐢 with food bought for 50 cents from the adjoining library. Many of the things around there are named after Stewart, who is credited with designing the Lone Star Flag of Texas. ⭐
  • This is a very well designed and maintained small park. The exhibits are interesting and informative. Highly recommend.
  • Very nice park, there is some historical homes that you can visit. There's also volunteers explaining the history of each one and you can enter almost all of them. It is a very nice walk since it connects with Memory Park and is a very beautiful park as well.

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