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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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Beautiful land, thought-provoking history

I visited Varner-Hogg Plantation with an old friend, and we were right away given helpful... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2018
Erin K
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Beautiful place to learn about History!

I didn't know this was so close to where I live. A great day trip to spend the afternoon learning... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2018
TXcwby76
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Lake Jackson, 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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1702 N 13th St, West Columbia, TX 77486-2300
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

I visited Varner-Hogg Plantation with an old friend, and we were right away given helpful information by the friendly staff at the main entrance shop. While the big house has some very interesting displays of how the rooms were used in different eras, the most...More

Thank Erin K
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

I didn't know this was so close to where I live. A great day trip to spend the afternoon learning about the area's History.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

If you can, arrive in time for one of the guided tours of the house. It is well worth it. We had a really interesting guide who had done a lot of his own research into the history of the place, and narrated the tour...More

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

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
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Reviewed 21 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

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Reviewed 4 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

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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
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Reviewed 4 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
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Reviewed 2 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
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Reviewed 10 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
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