Built in1834, Fanthorp Inn
is a remarkably well-preserved stagecoach stop from the Republic of Texas days. The Texas Parks and Wildlife State Historic Site was formerly open throughout the week, but due to a recent cut in funding is open on Saturday and Sunday and staffed by a lone (but extremely knowledgeable) park ranger.One of the main highlights of the brief tour is the replica of an 1850 Concord stagecoach
. Throughout the late 19th century, travelers crammed into the stagecoach for a long, dusty, bumpy ride from town to town. Visitors can take a short ride in the stagecoach, pulled by a team of mules, on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
The inn itself is preserved as a snapshot of frontier life in the 1850s, with checkers on the table in the mens' parlor and barrels of dry goods in the pantry. An ingenious fly-shooing system operates in the dining room, and the (very small) beds upstairs are made as if waiting for guests to arrive on the stagecoach.
There is no charge to visit Fanthorp Inn, but we recommend making a donation to support keeping this wonderful historic site open for everyone to enjoy.