Glenblythe Plantation, Home of Thomas Affleck

Glenblythe Plantation, Home of Thomas Affleck (HM1RE6)

Location: Brenham, TX 77833 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 16.25', W 96° 29.695'

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In the 19th century, one of the world's foremost researcher-writers on agriculture and horticulture lived 1858-1868 on his 3,500-acre plantation 2 mi. S of here, developing famous "central Texas nurseries" and experimental fields for new plant varieties. On this property gained recognition as one of earliest promoters and developers of conservation farming.
Born 1812 in Scotland; came to the United States in 1832, soon starting in Mississippi one of the South's finest nurseries; gained wide fame as scientist and writer on agriculture. Before moving here, landscaped State Capitol grounds for both Louisiana and Texas.

Surrounded Glenblythe mansion and guest houses (2 mi. S) with ornamental gardens and greenhouses, vegetable garden, orchard, a church, hospital, day nursery, store, homes, workshop, stock pens, flour and lumber mills.

During Civil War (1861-1865) built ambulances, wagons; fed Waul's Legion in training camp near here. After the war, was key figure in rehabilitation of farming in Texas; made a trip to Europe to recruit settlers.

Died 1868, and was buried near his home. Writings, especially "Affleck's Southern Rural Almanac," were influential for years. His "Report on Agricultural Grasses" was a Senate Executive Document of 1879.
HM NumberHM1RE6
Marker Number8341
Year Placed1967
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, April 1st, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 740988 N 3351453
Decimal Degrees30.27083333, -96.49491667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.25', W 96° 29.695'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 15" N, 96° 29' 41.7" W
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Area Code(s)979, 936, 512, 469
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1223-1269 Farm to Market Rd 390, Brenham TX 77833, US
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