Projects

  • Wharton County Historical Commission thanks DAR member Hazel Foltyn for the thoughtful and patriotic displays she has been creating inside the county courthouse each month this entire year. Each display has a theme, all related to patriotism and Texas history.  Hazel’s displays can be found on the deck below the staircase. If you know Hazel, be sure to thank her for the time and effort she puts into each project.May be an image of indoor
  • We are waiting for the following markers to arrive: (1) First Presbyterian Church, El Campo, (2) Newgulf Campo Santo Cemetery, (3) Old Jerusalem Cemetery, Spanish Camp, (4) Wharton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, and (5) Wharton Hispanic Cemetery.  The foundry is working on these.
  • Undertold Story Markers: Joey Cardenas’ application on the History of LULAC in Wharton County was approved last fall.  The Louise Council will be receiving a free marker soon.   
  • 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 its database, which also appears on this website.  There are more than 70 cemeteries in Wharton County.  If you have knowledge about a specific cemetery and would like to help document it, contact Pat Blair.
  • Texas Freedom Colonies Project: We are collaborating with the Texas Freedom Colonies Project to document historic Freedom Colonies in the county.  If you have information about a local African American community and/or cemetery, please get in touch with Pat Blair.     
  • Other projects: (1) courthouse tours: 1st Saturday of every month, by WCHC members; (2) Haunted Tour, October 28, 2022, and (3) book talks by our County Historian Merle Hudgins on her book or (see below).  

These publications are available at the county historical museum, 979-532-2600:  

  • Hola Ranger, published in 2022 by David R. Vela, former Director of the National Park Service, $15 each
  • 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), $5 each
  • “A Tale of Two Courthouses,” 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, $5 each 
  • Merle Reue Hudgins’ book War Between States Changed Texas Forever, published April 2017, is available as a 2-volume set for $75, plus $10 to ship.