Projects

  • The historical markers for Louise State Bank (2018) and Wharton County Library (2018) are en route from the foundry in Indiana and will be installed and dedicated this fall.  The marker for Wharton Training School will be dedicated on November 6, 2021.  
  • Marker Applications approved – spring 2020 – (1) First Presbyterian Church, El Campo, (2) Newgulf Campo Santo Cemetery, (3) Old Jerusalem Cemetery, Spanish Camp, (4) Wharton Chamber of Commerce, and (5) Wharton Hispanic Cemetery.  The foundry is working on these markers, and delivery is anticipated in the fall.
  • Undertold Story Markers – The window for this marker opportunity opens on October 1 and closes November 15.  The intent of the program is to provide for diversity among marker subjects and address topics not previously addressed.  Examples could be archaeological, cultural, local wildlife, civic organizations, botany of the area, etc.  If you have an idea for a good topic, contact Pat Blair.   
  • Documenting historic cemeteries – We are striving to document as many of our cemeteries as possible so that we can assist the Texas Historical Commission in updating their records, which also appear on this website.  Our website only shows 31 cemeteries, but we are aware of more than 70.  If you have knowledge about a specific cemetery and would like to help document it, contact Pat Blair.  
  • Other projects: (1) courthouse tours: 1st Saturday of every month, by WCHC members; (2) Haunted Tour of Historic Downtown Wharton, October 29, 2021, (3) preservation of Stephen F. Austin/Minnie Mae Hopper Elementary School, 500 Abell Street, Wharton – a work in progress.

These publications are available for purchase at the historical museum, 979-532-2600. 

(1) Glen Flora, An Historical Remembrance, published by Wharton County Historical Commission on the occasion of the dedication of the historical marker for Glen Flora (2018).  $15.

(2) War Between States Changed Texas Forever, by Merle Reue Hudgins, published April 2017, $75, plus $10 to ship. 

(3)“A Tale of Two Courthouses.”  This publication, which is chapter four of Julie Freeman Reed’s Master’s Thesis entitled Up She Rises: The Birth and Legacy of the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, tells the story of the restoration of Wharton County Courthouse from beginning to end.  It’s very well done, and we appreciate her allowing us to publish this one chapter.  $10.  (Call 979-532-8023.)