Calvert, Texas: Historic Buildings District and 1870 Cemetery
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Sampling of some of the grand houses to be found in Calvert, TexasClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
Exterior Images From Main Street in Calvert, TexasClick thumbnail to view full-size
Location of Calvert in Texas
Located between many major cities, people visit from Austin, San Antonio, Waco, Dallas, Houston and more to see and visit this unique town.
Would you enjoy spending some time in Calvert, Texas?
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© 2010 Peggy Woods