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#3 Pecan Shadows - c 1850s

by grandmaR

This house at 504 Caroline was built in the 1850s for Dr. Bell, brother of Judge Bell, owner of Bells Grove. The walls are hand-hewn and joined with square nails and rest on long cypress logs. It has been owned by the mayor of the city, and used as a boarding house (at different times) and also served as the telephone office at one time. The brochure says it is now owned by James and Mary Moody. If I have the right house, it appeared to be vacant and abandoned when we saw it.

#9 Chilton Home

by grandmaR

We drove down College Street taking photos of those houses from the car as the last street of the day. This home at 709 College Street was the home of the first full time pastor of the Montgomery Baptist Church. Prior to getting a full time pastor, the church was ministered by circuit riders. The pastor, Rev. Thomas Chilton lived here until his death in 1854. The picket fence was constructed in the 1890s by David Dean from heart pine cut in his mill.

In 1984, the house was bought by Gregory Hudson who restored it and lived here while he was mayor of Montgomery. Then in 1996 it became a bed and breakfast for four years until is was purchased by Fred and Betty Harvey for their home.

#16 Gay-Miller-Reasner Home c 1900

by grandmaR

On Caroline at number 816, this was built circa 1900 for William B. and Anna Griffith Gay. A two story sleeping porch (now enclosed) was added in the 1920s. The house remained in the Gay family (some of whom are buried in the Old Montgomery Cemetery) until 1977, when it was purchased by the Stanley Miller family. It is now the home of the Reasner family.

#22 Hardesty-Shockley House - late 1880s

by grandmaR

This is a private home which had the notation beside it that it was not visible from the road. So we didn't go to 623 Old Plantersville Rd to look for it as it seemed like it would be an intrusion..

It was built for the Richard Hardestry family, and was used as a boarding house for employees that worked in the Hardesty saw mill. The Frank Powell family bought it in 1905 and the house was owned by them until 1970. It is now owned by Joe Shockley.

Founded in 1837

by grandmaR

Prior to 1837, Montgomery was a trading post located about a mile north of the current site. In July 1837, and ad in the Telegraph and Texas Register advertised the sale of lots in the newly organized town. Montgomery was the county seat of the new county of Montgomery. It was a trade center. The first school was built in 1839, the first Protestant parsonage in Texas in 1842, and the town was incorporated in 1848.

The Civil War stopped all progress in Montgomery, but by 1900, the community had regained the merchantile business as well as three cotton gins, five hotels and boarding houses, doctors, dentists and lawyers. But when the railroad bypassed the town and the county seat moved to Conroe, it soon became a quiet, but historic, country town.

The Montgomery Historical Society has been instrumental in preserving the fabric of the town's history, and we spent one afternoon driving and walking through the town and taking pictures of the various historical structures while following the City Tour Guide brochure. I do not know the significance of the lion who seemed to be standing out in a vacant lot between College and Caroline Street.

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