is 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
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. Recently restored.
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many storefronts and streets that testify to its dominant place in the county's
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 of town.
History Center: Contact Chamber of Commerce for hours and group tours.
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 around Matagorda.
Grimes County Courthouse Fanthorp
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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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, razed 1958
Photo courtesy Navasota Examiner
Navasota Jail, razed, no date
Photo courtesy Navasota City Manager
Lipscomb 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
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
Tourist Information Grimes
County Chamber of Commerce
1215 East Washington
936-825-6600 or 800-252-6642
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