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 6-acre (2.4 ha) 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 1,100 acres (450 ha) 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.
On September 1, 2019, Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site was transferred from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to the Texas Historical Commission.

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  • 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....  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • it's a nice historic place in has people there to give you the history of how the house started and how it ended up in the story behind the owners and the builders pretty interesting
  • OMGosh, this was an excellent choice to visit. The young man who gave the tour was an excellent presenter, knowledgeable, and genuinely entertaining. I felt as if I could've been simply a fly on the wall watching and listening to the hustle and bustle so long ago in our history!

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