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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 Henderson K Yoakum, Kenneth Anderson, Dr. Anson Jones, and Sam Houston.

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

The Inn is open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday. School tours with reservations may begin as early as 9:30 a.m. Wednesday through Friday.

The Inn is located at 579 S. Main St., Anderson, TX 77830

Admission Fees

No tour fees. Donations appreciated for tours.

Tour Information

Tours available Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

For adult group or school tours please contact Jordan Anderson at (936) 878-2214 x224.

Events at Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site

Memento Mori: Fanthorp Funeral Practices

Memento Mori: Fanthorp Funeral Practices – 10/02/2021 - 10/31/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Throughout the month of October we will be commemorating the 154th anniversary of Henry and Rachel Fanthorp’s passing. Come explore the unique and peculiar ways… Learn More>>

Stagecoach Saturday

Stagecoach Saturday – 10/30/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Take a trip back to 1850 as you explore what life was like travelling on the Texas frontier! Don’t miss this great opportunity to ride… Learn More>>

Twilight Firelight

Twilight Firelight – 11/27/2021
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Looking for something to do with the family after Thanksgiving? Why not travel back in time and discover the 1850s at Fanthorp Inn! Twilight Firelight… Learn More>>

Tying the knot: Weddings at the Fanthorp Inn

Tying the knot: Weddings at the Fanthorp Inn – 12/10/2021 - 12/11/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

 Stop by the inn this weekend as we commemorate the 160th wedding anniversary of John and Sallie Fanthorp which occurred on Christmas Eve 1861. For… Learn More>>

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