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Coach rides and historic trades at Fanthorp Inn

May 11, 2022 - 00:00
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ANDERSON - Come out May 14 and 15 for 19th Century carriage rides and historic trade demonstrations at Fanthorp Inn, 579 S. Main Street in Anderson.

“The Fanthorp Inn and surrounding area hosted a variety of trades people who sold their wares to the community. During this program you will get to see first-hand how blacksmiths, tailors, cobblers and more would hand craft many of the items we take for granted today,” said Chandler Wahrmund, Educator at Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site.

The program is open 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days and will consist of a guided tour of the inn focusing on the trades and services provided by Henry Fanthorp and the guests of his inn. In addition to the tour, the inn will host several historic tradesmen and women who will demonstrate how some of the wares sold around the inn were made. On Saturday only, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., you can hop aboard the replica stagecoach for a ride through Anderson. Historic interpreters will be dressed in authentic 1850s attire to help immerse guests into the experience of frontier travel. Admission is free and open to the public. Cash donations are appreciated.

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission site, is a stagecoach stop and inn located on Main Street in Anderson, Texas. Henry Fanthorp had the inn constructed in 1834 as a home for his wife Rachel Kennard. Notable guests include Henderson K Yoakum, Kenneth Anderson, Dr. Anson Jones, and Sam Houston. Step into the inn’s past and gain a true sense of travelers’ experiences in Texas in the 1850s. For more information visit