Nestled amid the rolling hills of Grimes County in Anderson, Texas, about 20 miles northeast of Washington on the Brazos, Fanthorp Inn stands as a wonderfully preserved example of a 19th century stagecoach inn.


About_FanthorpThe 18-room inn had humble beginnings in 1834 as the simple dogtrot log cabin home of English immigrant Henry Fanthorp and his bride Rachel Kennard.

By 1835 Fanthorp had become postmaster for the area. Over time, the Fanthorp home evolved into a well-known country inn with a clapboard exterior and an expansive addition in 1850.

Notable guests include Sam Houston, Zachary Taylor, Kenneth Anderson and Generals Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis.

Fanthorp Inn functioned as a country hotel and tavern until shortly after Henry and Rachel died of yellow fever in 1867, at which time it was converted back into a family home for their daughter Mary and her family.

Purchased by Texas Parks and Wildlife in 1977, the Inn underwent extensive archeological, architectural and historical investigations. Restored to its 1850s glory, Fanthorp Inn once again reigns supreme, opening its doors to the public for guided tours, school programs, adult group tours, and special events.

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Public Hours

clock Saturdays and Sundays Only: 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

The Inn is open to the general public from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays only. School tours with reservations may begin as early as 9:30 a.m. Wednesday through Friday.

It is closed Christmas Day, and for more information about holiday closings, visit Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Admission Fees

No tour fees. Donations appreciated for tours.

Tour Information

Tours available Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Adult Group and School Program Tours available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays by Appointment

For adult group or school tours please contact Shirleen at 936.878.2214 ext. 221.

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