A Guide to the Fanthorp Inn Records, 1832-1888
Henry Fanthorp built the Fanthorp Inn in 1834 near the intersection of stage roads from Houston to Springfield and Nacogdoches to San Felipe de Austin in what is now Anderson in Grimes County, Texas. The inn became the first post office in the area when Fanthorp was appointed postmaster of Grimes County in 1835. In 1837 he opened a general store at the inn with his brother-in-law, Mike Kennard and Abraham Womack. The inn served many important historical figures, including Sam Houston, Anson Jones, and Robert E. Lee.
The Fanthorp Inn Records consist of Henry Fanthorp's twenty-seven ledgers, dating from 1832 to 1888, which document the operation of the Fanthorp Inn and an associated mercantile business. The records include ledgers of credit accounts, daily records of transactions, guest registers, bound invoices from suppliers, and stage line records. Furthermore, they document the many important personages who visited the inn and their various travel plans.
The collection is open for research use.
Fanthorp Inn Records, 1832-1888, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers