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    OLD WAVERLY, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    On the Walker / San Jacinto County Line, East Texas
    Just N of Hwy 150
    8 Miles E of New Waverly
    14 Miles W of Coldspring
    21 Miles SE of Huntsville
    25 Miles NE of Conroe

    Population: Unkown

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    Waverly Cemetery TX tombstone with weeping family
    See Ghosts of Old Waverly and the Old Waverly Cemetery
    History in a Pecan Shell

    The town had originally been in Walker County. When San Jacinto County was formed in 1870, the community was split east and west by the new county line. James W. Winters, former Alabaman, settled in the area just a year before Texas Independence in 1835. Other families moved into the area and by 1852, the community had promising population of 300 people.

    Just before the Civil War Waverly was platted and incorporated. The town ( like Ivanhoe in North Texas) is said to be named after the writings of Sir Walter Scott. A male and female academy opened in 1856 and the town had a post office in operation from 1855 through 1872.

    Storekeeper Meyer Levy, a Polish Jew and Civil War Veteran, suggested to others in the community that bringing new settlers from Poland would benefit all concerned. The Waverly Emigration Society was formed, but while the plan was to recruit about 150 workers; the numbers fell dramatically short of the goal. As the Houston and Great Northern Railroad extended it's tracks north through the region, fearful townspeople refused to grant a right-of-way to the railroad. This misguided refusal spawned the town of "New" Waverly 10 miles west and spelled the end to Waverly - which was thereafter referred to as Old Waverly.

    In 1896 Old Waverly still maintained a population of nearly 400, by by 1925 it was down to 100. Today, all that's left of Waverly is the cemetery and Presbyterian church (both on the west side of the county line). The cemetery is at the west end of the street while the church is on the far right end. A "subdivision" on the south side of 150 has appropriated the name of Old Waverly, but the former town now consists only of the Presbyterian church, the handsome cemetery and two historical markers.

    Ghosts of Old Waverly and the Old Waverly Cemetery
    An East Texas Tale of Two Hills

    Old Waverly’s fade into oblivion may be short of tragic elements, but two separate stories were enough to have it included in the late Ed Sayer’s Ghosts of Texas. When one considers the cottage industry that spooks and spirits have become in recent years, it’s an accomplishment to be included as one of the fifty-odd stories in what is considered to be the first volume written on Texas Ghosts.

    The sites of the stories are several miles apart in what remains today of the dense forest that was laboriously pushed back by slave labor to plant cotton. Click here for the stories>
    Presbyterian church, Old Waverly, Texas
    Presbyterian church in Old Waverly.
    TE photo, 2006
    Waverly Cemetery historical marker, TX
    Waverly Cemetery historical marker
    TE photo
    See Ghosts of Old Waverly and the Old Waverly Cemetery
    Walker County TX 1907 Postal Map
    Walker County 1907 Postal Map showing Waverly & New Waverly
    (Below "KER" in "WALKER". S of Huntsville)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Old Waverly is included in T. Lindsay Baker's book More Ghost Towns of Texas, U of Oklahoma Press, 2003.

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    Huntsville
    Conroe
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