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Your report on Montgomery's Nathaniel H. Davis Pioneer Complex & Museum is excellent. I can send you a photo of the flag drawing, if you would like. I just sent to you an update of the museum's address and phone.
We have a new historical site that is most impressive! Fernland Historical Park, which contains three old cabins, one dating back to the 1820's, one of very few still standing in Texas. This historical site is creating quite a stir in Montgomery County. The site for more information is www.fernland.org.
Written Mar 12, 2012
Address: Clepper St. @ Bessie Price Owen Dr., Montgomery,TX
The Davis home was given to the historical society in 1984 by the Davis heirs. The historical society has made a museum of it which is open Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 3pm. Unfortunately we did the historical driving tour on Tuesday when the Museum was not open. It is the starting point for the historical building and site tour. The other houses and churches are listed under "Off the Beaten Path"
The original house was began north of town in 1831 by W.C. Clark. When Mr. Clark died, the family used this log home as payment for legal work by practicing attorney N. H. Davis
Nathaniel Hart Davis (who came to Montgomery in 1840) disassembled the Clark house in 1851 and moved the logs to its present location where he built his house. Additions to the log house included a side or "shed" room and attic bedroom, and an underground cistern was dug. Judge Davis and his family resided here until 1876. John Felix Davis, son of N.H. moved into the home and continued the renovations. The kitchen was added in 1880 and the south wing was added in 1895. It contains wood graining done by an itinerant painter known as Mr. Patch. I would have liked to see this wood graining.
The historical marker on the house says that Texanna Snow's school was here (and also in the law office next door) in 1881-1891, and that it was given to the Historical Society in memory of Margaret Elizabeth Davis Cameron (1893-1979) by daughters M. D. Cameron and E.C. Adams.
Updated Feb 6, 2006
Address: 308 Liberty Street
Phone: (936) 597-4155
The Montgomery Historical Society has produced a pamphlet which tells the histories of the older structures in the town. Each spring and fall (in April and December) they have special house tours to raise money for the society's efforts. The December Tour features the Christmas decorations. In between times they can arrange group tours, or you can go around to the various houses on your own following the numbers in the brochure.
Brochures are available at the Davis Museum (Weds through Sat 11-3) or by calling the Chamber of Commerce.
Updated Feb 6, 2006