Texas Brazos Trail Region

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

Anderson: Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site


Imagine digging in to a homemade meal of meat and mashed potatoes, beans, cornbread, and apple pie then retiring for the night on a feather mattress bed – all for only $1.50. Fanthorp Inn, a hotel and stagecoach stop built in 1834, offered just that, a steal of a deal even for the times. An overnight at the inn was also probably the only pleasant moment for passengers traveling mail routes between Houston and Springfield and Nacogdoches and San Felipe de Austin, where lousy road conditions made for bumpy, dusty, and tediously long travel conditions. The inn once served as mercantile, first post office in the region, and home of Henry Fanthorp and his bride Rachel Kennard. Located in the Texas Brazos Trail community of Anderson, the double-pen, cedar log dogtrot house continued to provide a private residence for family members long after the end of horse-drawn mail carriers, and finally passing into the hands of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1977. At that time, the inn and the Fanthorp family cemetery underwent extensive restorations and an additional structure was added on the site to expand exhibition and interpretation options. Today, the Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site demonstrates life in early, pre-statehood Texas and is part of the Anderson Historic District. A stagecoach ride in an authentic replication compliments its heritage program the second Saturday of every month.


  • 579 South Main Street
  • Anderson, Texas
  • 77830


Hours & Fees

  • Public Tours: Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Free



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Read more about Fanthorp Inn in the Handbook of Texas Online.