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Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site

1702 N 13th St, West Columbia, TX 77486-2300
+1 979-345-4656
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Texas Historical Site

Built as a sugar plantation, the home reflects a typical Southern home. There is a main house, a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lisa B
No tour guide. We saw it on our own

We pretty much had free reign to go wherever we wanted. We were given a map. Watched a short video... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
Athens, Texas
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Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is situated on 66 acres along the Brazos River, 50 miles south of Houston in Brazoria County. The site was donated to the state in 1957 by Miss Ima Hogg, daughter of Texas Gov. James S. Hogg, and dedicated and opened on March 24, 1958. Today, the site tells the story of the plantation's 134-year history. Although the land was first settled by Austin colonist Martin Varner in 1824, the antebellum mansion was built by slaves of the property's second owner, Columbus Patton, using handmade bricks from the Brazos River mud. In 1901, James S. Hogg, the first native-born Texas Governor, purchased the land for oil speculation. The site includes the majestic plantation house, pecan orchards, numerous original outbuildings and outdoor features including the governor's bathtub, Patton's cemetery, and sugarcane mill ruins.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1702 N 13th St, West Columbia, TX 77486-2300
+1 979-345-4656
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Built as a sugar plantation, the home reflects a typical Southern home. There is a main house, a separate kitchen/dining building, slave quarters, a barn, guest house and a beautiful piece of property along the river. The visitor center (which is located in a renovated...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 20 August 2017

We pretty much had free reign to go wherever we wanted. We were given a map. Watched a short video in the visitors center and then we could drive and get out and walk in to the various buildings. A tour guide would have been...More

Thank AdventuresWithLiz
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

We are local, and were looking for a couple of hours out. Varner-Hogg was very informative, and walking around the grounds is nice. The actual plantation home was completely redone when it was acquired by the Higgs, and is decorated with period items, but very...More

1  Thank Sondra G
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

I have adorn this place for many many years. So much so, that I began driving an hour 1 way to volunteer on my days off. Unfortunately, when gas prices skyrocketed years ago, my volunteering came to a screeching hault. The site is so tranquil...More

Thank Christinashawaii
Reviewed 3 November 2016

I loved loved loved this place. Beautiful grounds, and the tour was very informative. Loved to hear about funeral customs. The kids had tons of fun playing around the pecan trees, the cemetery and the hay ride tour through the woods. One thing I would...More

Thank Blondie_713
Reviewed 1 June 2016

Beautiful antebellum home which Governor James Hogg lived in the early 1900's. His daughter, Ima, gave it to the State of Texas. As a child, I visited the Hogg place before it was open to the public

Thank Patricia1938
Reviewed 9 May 2016

The cost to get in is only $4,00 per person, which is pretty cheap. There is a short guided tour of the inside of the Plantation house, some docent's are more knowledgeable than others. There are lots of cute little outlying buildings to explore, and...More

Thank Connie L
Reviewed 25 April 2016

We had a fantastic visit to this fascinating historical plantation on a rainy Sunday afternoon. We were looking for something to do about an hours drive out of Houston area. I found this location after googling for ideas. I am a Native Texan and was...More

2  Thank mojomo
Reviewed 17 April 2016

We visited for two hours on damp day out from Houston. Wonderful oasis of extensive lawns and trees . There are symmetrical limes of pecans, magnolias and some gnarled and old oaks. The plantation is impressive. The history of the Varner ownership followed by the...More

2  Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 27 February 2016

Stopped by here on our day trip to the coast and glad we did. Was so very interesting,especially the history of it all. Beautifully kept house and grounds. Out buildings all very interesting too. Docents very knowledgable and informative. Would recommend to anyone that likes...More

Thank texjan46
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