TE Photo, December 2009
in a Pecan ShellSettled
in the 1860s, the first German Baptist Church in Texas was organized here in 1861.
A nearby community named Vinegrove was declining as Greenvine’s star was
ascending and since Greenvine was forsighted enough to apply for a post office,
residents of Vinegrove moved to Greenvine.
In 1879 William Seidel, a farmer,
discovered natural gas on his property and was the first person in Texas to use
it as fuel. A historic marker in Greenvine attests to that event. Greenvine’s
economy was based on cotton. The population
reached 300 by the early 1880s. By the mid 1880s Greenvine had a school and a
justice of the peace.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church was organized in 1884 but
by 1890 the population had declined by half. It did recover somewhat, however
with the arrival of the Great Depression, it was lowered to 100.
merged with Burton’s in 1943 and
by the end of that decade only a gin and store were in operation. In 2010, the
community is marked by two cemeteries, two churches and one defunct restaurant/
Washington County map showing Greenvine|
(Below "A" in "W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N"
Texas General Land Office