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GREENVINE, TEXAS

Washington County, Central Texas South

FM 2502
5 Miles S of Burton
10 Miles SW of Brenham the county seat
Population: Estimated at 35 (2000)

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Greenvine TX Cemetery
Cemetery
TE Photo, December 2009

History in a Pecan Shell

Settled 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.

The school 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/ store.
Greenvine TX old store
Closed. TE Photo, December 2009
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Greenvine TX Church Steeple
Church steeple.
TE Photo 2009
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Greenvine TX Cemetery Portrait
Cemetery Portrait.
TE Photo, December 2009
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Washington County Texas 1920s map
1920s Washington County map showing Greenvine
near Fayette and Austin Coounty lines

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Take a road trip

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park
FM 390 - La Bahia Scenic Highway

Greenvine, Texas Nearby Towns:
Brenham the county seat
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