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Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site
This was a parlor type room. It had a small amount of furnishings but was historically representative. 7.33 Texas ratingStar
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The Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site includes a house/inn that has been restored to its mid-nineteenth century appearance. In addition to the inn, there is a small barn with a replica stagecoach and a few interpretive signs. Access to the site is limited to weekends, and the inn is only shown by tour, which ranges from 20-40 minutes depending on the guide and group.

This 1.4 acre site is located in a quiet residential area. The inn was originally built as a farmhouse in 1834. It expanded over time to accommodate overnight guests and eventually a store was added and a post office as well. When Texas was an independent republic and in the early years of statehood, travelers on their way to Austin and points west often would stop here to get a meal and rent a bed for the night. The house was purchased by the state in 1977 from a descendant of the original family. Over a period of 10 years it was painstakingly restored to its appearance in 1850 and then opened to the public.

Park employees were doing maintenance work at the time and when a tour of the house was requested, one of the staff took off his work gloves and put on his tour gloves. There were no other visitors on the tour, so it was a very personalized experience. The tour included several rooms on both the first and second floors. The guide provided information about various pieces of furniture and how they would have been used in the 1800s. He also described the manner in which the inn was operated, and the nature of the services a guest would have received. It was simple living but practical and dignified. The tour was both informative and enjoyable. The inn can be seen in an hour and it’s usually not busy; those interested in history and historical buildings should enjoy a visit here. On the second Saturday of each month special events are held such as music and stagecoach rides. More information is available on the park’s website.
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