Less than 30 minutes from Bryan-College Station is historic Independence Texas. Nestled at the intersection of FM 50 and FM 390 is one of the absolute hidden gems of Texas history.
Founded in 1835, this little town is associated with some big names. Settlers first arrived at the location in 1820 and in 1845 Baylor University selected a nearby site to be the home of its campus. Baylor remained in Independence until 1886 when the men’s college was moved to Waco and the women moved to Belton. Probably the most famous resident to live in Independence was Sam Houston. In 1853, the first president of the Republic of Texas bought a family home in Independence. He was elected Governor of Texas in 1859 and moved the family into the Governor’s Mansion in Austin. Widowed in 1863, Mrs. Houston moved back to Independendence. She passed away in 1867.
Visitors to Independence can visit the Old Baylor Park, where columns from the original building still stand, surrounded by a grove of majestic old oaks and abundant bluebonnets and wildflowers in the spring. There is also the Independence Baptist Church where Sam Houston and his family attended. History enthusiasts will be thrilled with a visit to the nearby Independence Cemetery, which includes the gravesite of an American Revolutionary War veteran and several from the American Civil War. There are also members of the Bryan family, the namesake of Bryan, Texas.
Maybe you’re looking at homes in Bryan or College Station and you just want to know more about the surrounding area. If so, a quick trip over to Independence is a worthwhile endeavor. Stop by the General Store, check out many of the historic homes and other sites, then come back to BCS and let me help you find a great home in College Station or Bryan. Call, text or shoot me a message and I’ll be happy to help!
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