Texas Brazos Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program


Grimes County Courthouse


Have you ever taken a ride in a 19th century stagecoach? The Texas Brazos Trail community of Anderson delivers your chance. The “Radiant Red”, or Red Concorde Stagecoach, an authentic replica horse-drawn coach, leaves the steps of Anderson’s Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site on the second Saturday of each month (and returns within a few hours, of course). The Fanthorp Inn, built in 1834, is just one of several unique heritage sites in Anderson. The community’s 1893 Grimes County Courthouse, an Italianate antique designed by F. S. Glover & Co., continues to house county business today. The three-story structure, constructed of hand-molded red brick, features a dramatically pitched roof and four chimneys. Its restoration, courtesy of the County and the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, has helped insure its survival for another century. Anderson’s liveliest days, in fact, occurred mid-19th century with a population of over three thousand, two steam sawmills, six cotton gins, five hotels, and a pistol factory that manufactured handguns for the Confederacy. But Anderson’s scaled-down footprint today may be considered one of its best attractions – quiet, historic, and set in the rural rolling hills of southeast Texas.