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Address: 1702 N 13th St, West Columbia, TX 77486-2300
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+1 979-345-4656
08:00 - 17:00
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission...

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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Inexpensive fun

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... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2016
Connie L
Houston, Texas
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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 and beautiful. You can purchase tours of the houses and main kitchen, or you can... More 

Thank Christinashawaii
Houston, Texas
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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 have liked to hear more about was life as a slave in the plantation. Anyhow,... More 

Thank Blondie_713
West Columbia, Texas
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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
Houston, Texas
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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 large open areas of grass with mature trees around them. Perfect for picnics!

Thank Connie L
sugar land, texas
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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 unaware or have forgotten that West Columbia, the town where the plantation is located, was... More 

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Duncan B.C.
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Reviewed 18 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 Patton and later the Hogg family's purchase is of great interest.Associations with slavery, sugar plantations... More 

Thank Andrew H
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Reviewed 28 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 Texas Historical places.

Thank texjan46
Mansfield, Texas
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Reviewed 21 December 2015 via mobile

Just left there today and was super impressed with our tour guide. He was very informative and enjoyed answering all the questions my kids threw at him. The land was beautiful with a few interactive museum stations. My family loved the entire experience and it taught them how to listen, learn and feel the past/history. Thank you.

Thank Melissa C
Brazoria, Texas
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Reviewed 28 October 2015

A unique part of Texas history. Old plantation house and buildings that are open to tour. They have days with reenactments of by-gone days. A very neat place to visit.

Thank Ed B
Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed 29 August 2015

I came to this place on a whim seeing a road sign. It was out of my way but as a teacher I like historical sites. GIve this one a miss. The clerk in the front office is deaf and can't understand either numbers or spoken English. The movie was all right, but the exhibit cases were dark, and thus... More 

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