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Calvert, Texas: Historic Buildings District and 1870 Cemetery

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Virginia Field Park

Virginia Field Park

Beyond Main Street

Main Street in Calvert, Texas, has many fascinating shops, restaurants, and more that make it a destination site for many people to visit who come from miles away.

Lisa (my fellow traveling companion) and I wanted to see more of what makes Calvert such a special place. Using a little brochure sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, which had a map on one side, we were able to follow the self-guided driving tour, which showcases many sites of interest.

Within a small and limited area, one gets to see many locations with plaques identifying these sites deserving of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Photo by Peggy W

Virginia Field Park

This gorgeous green space within the Historic District of Calvert originated in 1868 as a donation for park space from the Houston and Texas Central Railroad. The proximity of the railroad is one of the reasons that Calvert thrived in its heyday.

One can imagine the many concerts performed through the years since the erection in 1895 of the sizeable red-roofed pavilion and the two smaller gazebos.

In 1937 the large pavilion was named in honor of an admired landscaper, Mrs. Virginia Field. As of the year 2000, it now bears the name Karen Reneé Wiese Memorial Pavilion. She was a seventh-generation Calvert native. It has been the site of many different gatherings in the past and is probably well utilized today and should be enjoyed long into the future.

Historic Cemetery

There are many different cemeteries in and around Calvert. The large spectacular one in the Historic District bears the name of the town. It has gorgeous monuments, one prettier than the next.

Lisa and I both like visiting cemeteries, so this was right up our alley! Unfortunately, due to recent torrential rains in that area, mosquitoes that had hatched were hungry, and we provided some live bait. We quickly took our photos, and we retreated before we had provided too much of a feast for the flying insects.

Hammond House

The Hammond House is now a Bed and Breakfast in the historic district of Calvert. This imposing building has a fascinating history.

Originally it was going to be built as the county seat courthouse and jail. Because the county seat was moved to another location, it became a private residence. For a while, it became a museum, and it once again reverted into private ownership. It is now a B & B.

A day trip to Calvert from Houston, allowing for the approximate 4-hour round trip, does not allow much more than an overview.

We spent most of our time on Main Street, exploring such places as Cocoamoda, Common Scents, The Eloia, Big Cedar Furniture, and Zamykal Kolaches. Except for walking through the Calvert Cemetery offering our tasty blood to the mosquitoes, we drove around taking photos of the other historical places. I will share some more of the images here.

The Parish House

This unique home was ordered from a mail-order catalog and constructed in 1897. It is a Queen Anne style and has since become one of the bed and breakfast establishments within the Historic District of Calvert, Texas.

For some reason, this decorated exterior reminds me of the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. The original architect of this style home certainly must have had fun in designing this! If you wish to make reservations, here is the number to call: 979-364-3748.

Pin Oak Bed and Breakfast

Located across the street from the Virginia Field Park, this Pin Oak home, now a bed and breakfast establishment, is situated on a large tree-shaded lot and has an interesting history.

Go to their website to read more about it and see some photos of the inside rooms. The library there is stunning! It is easy to see why people would want to want to stay in places this beautiful for a short (or even longer) get-away vacation destination.

The Calvert Inn

This impressive home turned Bed and Breakfast used to be inhabited by people who reputedly owned the "largest cotton gin" in the world. There are elegant rooms inside this grand establishment. Prepare yourself to be royally pampered!

Calvert has one of the largest historic districts in the State of Texas. One imposing structure after another greets one's vision when walking or driving through these streets to the right of the downtown area.

The Calvert Inn

The Calvert Inn

The Church of the Epiphany

Read below what is on the official historic medallion affixed to the building on the Episcopal Church.

"Originated June 6, 1870 by Bishop Gregg. Oldest church edifice erected in Calvert. Has been used continuously since parish was founded. Fine wood scroll work and lancet windows compliment the Victorian architecture. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967"

The Church of the Epiphany

The Church of the Epiphany

The Barton Home

A historical sign (see below) was outside of the fencing surrounding the Barton Home.
It certainly appears to be a solidly built as well as a beautiful home as viewed from the street.

The concrete posts were also outside of the decorative iron fencing. Through the years, people tied up their horses while visiting the family inside of this homestead. Similar concrete posts are seen elsewhere in Calvert's Historic District.

Additional Photos

Below is a sampling of other sites my friend and I saw that day while driving through the residential section of Calvert's Historic District. There is much more to see, but this will give readers an impression of how pretty this town is if one gets off Main Street (Highway 6), which is a primary passageway in this part of Texas.

Back to Main Street

I'll leave you with some final photos taken on Main Street in Calvert, Texas.

Lisa and I truly enjoyed our day trip to that locale and hope to return someday and see more of what this unique historic town has to offer.

Location of Calvert in Texas

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Calvert, Texas

The Hammond House

The Pin Oak Bed & Breakfast

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 01, 2012:

Hi Kathie,

Thanks for adding that bit of information about the family ties to both places...Calvert, Texas and Chappell Hill, Texas. Both places have outstanding cemeteries as well as other points of interest. So glad that you liked these hubs. Appreciate your comment. Hope that you get to visit Calvert in the near future. Am sure that you will enjoy visiting there.

Kathie on January 01, 2012:

Peggy,

What wonderful photography! I found the photos of the Masonic Cemetery in Chappell Hill, Texas and then came across your link to photos you have taken in Calvert, Texas. I have been to Chappell Hill but not Calvert, but need to put that in my plans. I think it is neat that two beautiful, historic Texas towns have a common family link. William Keesee, Sr., married to the daughter of Robert Wooding Chappell, namesake of Chappell Hill, had a sister, Mary Keesee, that was the wife of Robert Calvert, namesake of Calvert, Texas.

Thanks for sharing your work.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 11, 2011:

Hi Bethany,

Here is the Calvert Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.calverttx.com/

Hopefully they can point you in the right direction to help your friend who wishes to get married there. Thanks for your inquiry and comment.

Bethany on December 11, 2011:

Can you tell me who my friend can call to reserve the Virginia Fields Gazebo for a wedding ceremony?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 21, 2010:

Hello Jean Norton,

Very happy to hear that as a resident of Calvert, Texas, you found this hub to be of interest. The Hammond House certainly has an interesting history! Maybe next time we will have enough time to stop in for a look inside of your B & B. Thanks for the complimentary comment.

Jean Norton on August 21, 2010:

Wonderful display of the town of Calvert! I LOVE Cocoamoda and pleased to be married to the owner of the Hammond House. Beautiful photos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2010:

Hello surf traveler,

Like you, I was unfamiliar with Calvert, Texas also until my friend Lisa wanted to go there and check out the restaurant and chocolate factory, Cocoamoda, which I wrote about in part 1. It is a unique and historic town filled with all kinds of notable and historic sites and a pleasure to visit. Thanks for the comment.

surf traveler on July 17, 2010:

Great photo's. The monuments were works of art, as was the Parish House B & B. I hadn't heard of Calvert Texas until I found your hub. The architecture in the town is incredible. Thanks.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 15, 2010:

Hi Micky Dee,

So happy to hear that you enjoyed this look at Calvert, Texas including the cemetery. It is a spectacular one with a great number of beautiful memorial grave markers. Thanks for the visit.

Micky Dee on July 15, 2010:

Very, very nice! I loved the cemetery too. There are so many interesting grave! I love your photos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 30, 2010:

Hello exlunlimit,

Since you love historic bed and breakfast places, Calvert, Texas is one place to think about visiting in the future. Happy to be able to introduce them to you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 30, 2010:

Hello Regis,

I'll admit, summers can be sizzling hot down here but then when the northern climates are covered in snow and ice, our weather is quite nice. I've lived in both places...and with the air conditioning, I'll take the south for full time living. (Smile) Thanks for commenting on the Calvert, Texas hub. Did you have time to get out of Austin and visit Calvert?

exlunlimit on June 30, 2010:

I love historic bed and breakfasts. Great photos!!!

Regis on June 29, 2010:

Several years ago, I flew to Austin, Texas to the place where THE OCULI INCIDENT and THE ISLAND OFF STONY POINT would be published.

I had worked hard writing these books and the folks in Austin who were publishing both were most helpful.

However, I do remember renting a BLACK suv at the airport, and wondering how long it would take for the AC to win the battle between Austin's heat and the interior of that vehicle.

Austin, I love your city but I'm glad I live in Pittsburgh where our summers are not so hellish!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 29, 2010:

Hi billyaustindillon,

Thanks for viewing and commenting on this part 2 of Calvert, Texas. The pictures really do tell a story of great wealth in the past...the homes...the monuments in the cemetery, etc. Now Calvert is a charming town with Bed and Breakfast places, stores that are being updated with renovations and new ownership to draw people from all parts of the State of Texas. Yet it still keeps its charm from the past.

I agree with you that the chimney on the Parish House is certainly unique! The Hammond House looked fort-like to me. Thanks again for the compliment on this hub.

billyaustindillon on June 28, 2010:

The beautiful old mansions are superb, you do a magnificent job capturing everything on offer Peggy. The photography and the way you represent the tour. For mine I really liked the Parish house chimney was indeed unique and very cool. The HAmmond house looked very Tudorish (is that a word?). Cemeteries really do tell a history don't they - when you are younger they scared the living daylight out of you when you get older you realize the stories and family lives and history the represent. Thanks for a wonderful hub Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 28, 2010:

Hello Nera Woods,

Ah...so you appreciate cemeteries also! I love visiting them and so does my friend Lisa. The one in Calvert is spectacular! So happy to hear that you enjoyed this view of Calvert, Texas. Be sure and visit the first hub to get more a complete picture if you did not do that already. Thanks for the compliment on my picture taking ability and also thanks for your comment.

Nora Tamba on June 27, 2010:

So beautiful photos, especially those of the cemeteries. There's something in old cemeteries that gets to the soul. They evoke deep emotions. Similarly with historic homes. You take beautiful pictures, Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2010:

Hi Ethel,

I know. Most cemetery monuments are rather plain and simple as compared to what was created in the past by people wealthy enough to have them made. This Calvert cemetery is FILLED with gorgeous ones! Believe me...there is only a sampling of them in this hub. My friend Lisa likes the angel ones...so I concentrated on showing more of those in this hub.

The houses well show that people in that area used to make a lot of money primarily from the cotton trade. There is also only a sampling of them here. Some smaller Victorian homes are also gorgeous.

Both part 1 and part 2 of the Calvert, Texas hubs were getting long. But at least people can have an idea of what they would see if visiting in person. This...and much more! Thanks for the comment.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on June 27, 2010:

What fabulous houses. They evoke such a feeling of time gone by. Cemetary monuments are rare these days but there are some lovely old ones in the UK still

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 26, 2010:

Hello jill of alltrades,

Thanks for your compliments on the artistically presented views of Calvert, Texas. There is much beauty there as well as history. Hope you get to see it in person someday.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 26, 2010:

Hi Hello, hello,

So happy to hear that you enjoyed seeing more of Calvert in this part 2 hub. My friend Lisa and I talked just yesterday and we would both like to go back and see more. She might see about possibly spending some time in one of those B & B's with her husband. Thanks for your visit and comment.

jill of alltrades from Philippines on June 26, 2010:

Oh Peggy, you make me want to visit the place! It's so full of interesting places to see. You really did a great job here. Your photos are so beautiful and inviting! Very artistically presented too!

Thanks for sharing Peggy!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on June 26, 2010:

Thank you, Peggy, for giving me such a treat. I love, love these style of houses. You have certainly excelled yourself this time.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

So nice to hear from you suny51, and thank you for the compliments on this Calvert, Texas hub. I always enjoy taking photos to accompany my hubs and so nice to hear that you enjoy them.

suny51 on June 25, 2010:

Hello Peggy- I love your work for the shades of artistic touch that you provide to it and this is making me feel like rushing to my Picasa album to search for some thing.Thank you for sharing some great work as good as you always do.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

Hi Mike,

There is something really peaceful about cemeteries and the old monuments in particular are so interesting...at least to those of us who appreciate them. Some show such grandeur and others while they may be simple have such endearing inscriptions. Each person's life bears a story and some of those headstones shed some light upon that person's life...even if only the dates that they lived.

Glad to hear that you enjoyed these pictures taken in Calvert, Texas. It is quite an interesting place! Thanks for the visit.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

Hi Prasetio,

You are always so complimentary and I appreciate it. If you ever come to Texas there is so much that will capture your attention and please you. Let me know. Perhaps I can make recommendations. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

Hello nifty@50,

Happy to hear that you enjoyed my pictures of the visit to historic Calvert, Texas. Have camera...will travel! Ha!

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on June 25, 2010:

Hi, Peggy! This was another terrific look through the eyes of your camera lens. I also appreciate cemeteries, so I found the pictures you took before the mosquitoes got you to be amazing. (There was a cemetery behind my parents' back yard when I was growing up, so I learned to enjoy them, I guess.)

The homes now serving as a bed and breakfast were beautiful as well. Thanks for sharing so many great photos of your travels.

Mike

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

Hey Candie,

What can I say? My friend and I love visiting cemeteries! If the mosquitoes had not been so furious and blood-letting...I could have done an entire hub about that beautiful cemetery. Not sure what kind of birds those were...but don't think that they were the typical Thanksgiving fare. Glad you found humor and still liked this hub about Calvert, Texas. Hey Dept. of Tourism.....Candie says that I am ready... I really like exploring these places! :-)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on June 25, 2010:

Wow....I can't say anything, Peggy. This hub was beautiful. I found great combination about history of beautiful places and amazing pictures. You have it all, my friend. I really enjoy this hub. Thumbs up for you. I vote up this hub. Thank you very much. If I have a chance, I'll go to Texas someday. I hope you always healthy. Take care!

Prasetio

nifty@50 on June 25, 2010:

You really have a gift for photography! Great hub!

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on June 25, 2010:

Hahahaha! Cemetery, Cemetery, House, House, Turkey!

You should be getting paid by the Texas Dept of Tourism! Another beautiful hub on Calvert, Texas! Thanks Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

Hi dahoglund,

Actually you would probably do well in Calvert, Texas regarding "stamina" as it is such a small town. Gorgeous big homes (mansions) but in a small area. And the downtown (Main Street) is only several blocks long.

I too remember a bandshell in a park in Wisconsin when I was a child and have seen similar things in a few places when traveling. This main pavilion in the Virginia Field Park in Calvert is very large. The people who live there must love it!

Thanks for the first comment.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on June 25, 2010:

Peggy W

My own photography hasa gotten pretty rusty and I need to relearn. I think you do good on your pictures of building which are hard to keep in perspective.I like the gazebo or bandstand. It may be just the subject matteer, but I remebeer when small towns had them. I can't recall if there were still concerts or not.

I love the whole idea of concerets and plays in the parks. In the early 1960's that was in vogue in Minneapolis (and I presume) other places. They seem to disappear, some I think to vandalism.

Calvert looks like an interesting place to see, but also would be a challenge to my stamina.