Visit Early Texas Structures at Fernland Historical Park

The Crane cabin at Fernland Historical Park.

The Crane cabin at Fernland Historical Park.

Located within the heart of downtown Montgomery, Fernland Historical Park is a unique hands-on educational park, bringing samples of early Texas architecture together with examples of early Texas life.

The log homes and cabins presented within the park are some of the oldest remaining structures within Texas.

Background

In 1991, Carroll and Mae Tharp donated the buildings and original site to Sam Houston State University. Due to the remote location of the buildings, it was decided that the buildings should be moved to a more appropriate site so that the public could enjoy the. Hence, through a joint effort the new park was established within the downtown area of Montgomery.

Fernland Historical Park is a project run and managed by Fernland Inc., the city of Montgomery and Sam Houston State University. Fernland Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose sole purpose is to assist the city of Montgomery in relocating historic homes and log cabins to Montgomery to establish a museum and educational center that will improve the lifestyle of the city’s residents, attract tourism and provide educational opportunities for the public.

This map shows the locations of structures in Fernland Historical Park

This map shows the locations of structures in Fernland Historical Park

Confederate Civil War veteran Nickolas Crane built the Crane cabin (shown above) in 1867 in Angelina County. He had  moved to Texas from Alabama in 1848. The walls are pine logs left rounded on the exterior and hand-adzed for a flat smooth finish on the interior walls. It was moved from Angelina to Montgomery County and restored by the Tharps in 1974.

Fernland is in the very early stages. Visit http://www.fernland.org to learn more about Fernland Historical Park.

Book Now

Lake Conroe KOA is located a short drive from Fernland Historical Park so plan to stay at our campground while enjoying this historic site.To book your next stay at Lake Conroe KOA, call (800) 562-9750 or call (936) 582-1200 for more information. Visit our website at http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-conroe/.

 

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