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PLANTERSVILLE, TEXAS

Grimes County, Central Texas South
Highway 105, and FM 1774
12 Miles E of Navasota
32 Miles W of Conroe

Population: 212 (2000)

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Plantersville Texas railroad tracks
Plantersville scene
TE photo, June 2004
History in a Pecan Shell

Settled first by Arkansas and Alabamans in the 1830s, The town didn’t jell until the early 1840s. A two-story Masonic building was built in the early 1850s, using the familiar school below – lodge above design.

In addition to the school, two churches used the lodge building until they could construct their own buildings. The community’s first store opened before 1860 and a post office was granted in 1856.

The name (said acknowledge the antebellum planters) is credited to Mrs. J. L. Greene. The community got a shot-in-the-arm in 1879, when the Montgomery Central Railway connected Montgomery and Navasota with a stop at Plantersville. That railroad was bought by the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe a few years later and the line expanded to Conroe and Beaumont to the east – and Somerville to the west.

Russian, Pole and German Catholic immigrants created a need for a Catholic church and in 1894, St. Mary’s was organized. The 1890 population was 400 but for some reason, it had fallen to a mere 150 by 1915. It rebounded somewhat to 200 by the mid 1930s – and remained there for decades. It was still 200 in the late 50s and 212 for 1990 and 2000.

Plantersville, Texas Historic Destinations:
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Plantersville Cemetery

St. Mary's Catholic Church

The painted church in Plantersville
Plantersville St. Mary's Catholic Church
The Painted Church in Plantersville
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2005
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Plantersville Cemetery
Road ot Plantersville Cemetery, Texas
The spooky road to the Plantersville Cemetery
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, October 2007
Plantersville Cemetery, Texas
Plantersville Cemetery
TE photo, June 2004
James Huffman, Civil War tombstone in Plantersville Cemetery, Texas
Civil War Tombstone
TE photo, June 2004
Sherwood Wise, Civil War tombstone in Plantersville Cemetery, Texas
Civil War Tombstone
TE photo, June 2004
Mary H Easley tombstone in Plantersville Cemetery, Texas
H. Aug.Maywald Prussian tombstone in Plantersville Cemetery, Texas
Prussian Tombstone
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Plantersville cemetery historical marker, Texas
Plantersville Cemetery Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, October 2007
Plantersville Cemetery, Texas
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, October 2007
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