one of those towns that you never seem to have time to explore because
you're rushing to a more distant destination. We wish you'd stop
doing that. The problem with distant locations is that they're so
far away. Why not visit something a little closer to home? If Navasota
is too close, then include it with a trip to Huntsville,
Brenham, or College
Don't miss the Grimes
County Seat in Anderson,
which is a mere 10 miles away. Their picturesque courthouse
and main street is one of those timeless Texas views that haven't
yet been ruined by prison expansion or modern high school architecture.
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many storefronts and streets that testify to its dominant place
in the county's economic history.
homes are frequently open for tours and architecturally, it
ranks high on our list of best preserved in the Houston-Austin-Dallas
triangle. Contact the chamber for an excellent driving tour
History Center: Contact Chamber of Commerce for hours and
also has a statue dedicated to "Bobby"
LaSalle, our favorite would-be colonizer and the man most
responsible for Texas' claim to being under Six Flags.
Interest in Mr. LaSalle has been rekindled lately with excavations
of both his stockade (Fort St. Louis) and ship (LaBelle) down
Grimes County Courthouse
Inn State Historical Park
10 miles East in Anderson
on Hwy 90. This 1893 Italianate "Temple of Justice" once dispensed
justice to a member of the Barrow-Parker gang in 1933.
The street view with flanking stores makes a great photo opportunity,
which makes up for there not being a "courthouse square." Anderson
was named Fanthorp before Kenneth Lewis Anderson, Vice President
of the Republic of Texas died there.
Republic of Texas era stagecoach stop with replica coach on display.
In Anderson, the former town of Fanthorp. Hours: Wednesday through
Sunday 9 to 4. 936-873-2633
Six miles west of Navasota off hwy 105. Home of the recently
redone Star of the Republic Museum with its open all year (except
Christmas day) research library.
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|A scenic drive
FM 1375 as a day trip / scenic drive from Houston
For a tranquil drive that you'll long remember, we'd
suggest FM 1375 west from New
Waverly on Hwy 45. This takes you through the Sam Houston
National Forest with its lush fern undergrowth.
FM 1375 will join Hwy 149 that will lead you to Anderson
via the quaint, nearly forgotten village of Richards.
Then Hwy 90 South less than 10 miles to Navasota.
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Navasota City Hall,
Photo courtesy Navasota Examiner
Navasota Jail, razed, no date
Photo courtesy Navasota City Manager
by Clay Coppedge
Songster and guitarist Mance Lipscomb spent most of his 80 years as
a tenant farmer around Navasota, in Grimes County before becoming
an overnight sensation when he was 65... more
Joe Tex by Clay Coppedge
"A singer that critic John Morthland of Texas Monthly called
'by far Texas' greatest contributor to soul music.' ...
Joe Tex belongs, in the mind of most Texans, to either Baytown, where
his music career began, or Navasota, where it ended." more
County Chamber of Commerce
1215 East Washington
936-825-6600 or 800-252-6642
in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas,
asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic
photos, please contact