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Wharton County

  • 3 April 1846 Wharton County was created  from parts of Jackson and Matagorda Counties (could also be from parts of Fort Bend and Colorado counties as well)   The county covers approximately 1090 square miles.
  • Named for brothers James Austin and William Harris Wharton who were active in the Texas Revelation.
  • The Wharton Brothers were both born in Virginia and grew up in Tennessee. Both brothers were lawyers as well.
  • 1827 Brother William arrived in Texas and married. He owned a plantation in Brazoira County and was a member of the 1832 convention asking Mexico for statehood. We was later appointed as a commissioner to seek help from the U.S. He died in 1839 at age 37 from and accidental gunshot wound.
  • 1835 John Austin Wharton Arrives in Texas in that same year he was named as an agent for Texas to New Orleans to get supplies for the forming Texas Army. He fought at San Jacinto and as a representative from Brazoria County to the First Congress of the republic. He died in 1838 at age 32 
  • Court business was conducted at the home of Daniel Kincheloe who was the county treasurer until the first courthouse was built in 1848
  • 35 Miles from the Gulf of Mexico

Morris Ranch Carriage House Museum
2110 Chudalla Rd
CR 117
7 am - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Last Driveway Just before the bridge.
Okay to take pictures.
The Landau carriage Vivian Leigh (Scarlotte O'Haira) used in Gone With The Wind as well as approximately 20 other carriages are here on display at the Morris Ranch Carriage House Museum. Also the carriage known as "The Traveling Government of Mexico" used by Benito Juarez is here.

Carriages were collected over the years by Stewart Morris Sr. and Stewart Morris Jr.  Managers are David Allison and Kari Kight

Dickson Monument

Wharton County Historical Museum
3614 N Richmond RD
Wharton TX 77488
Monday- Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.
Admission Free
1979 Museum is founded
1990 Moves into present location
1992 Dan Rather's Boyhood home is moved to the museum grounds and restored.


  • 1894 approximately 100 Danish immigrant families purchase various size plats of land and move to Wharton County. Establishing the community of Danevang
  • Immigrants originally settled in the Midwest.
  • Originally tried to raise same crops they raised in Denmark (Wheat, oats, and barley). Texas climate unsuitable for these crops.
  • First years were lean years some settlers sold out and moved on. 
  • Community converted to raising cotton.
  • Began to rotate crops with Corn and Grain Sorghum and later with soy beans and wheat. 
  • 1920 Farmers organized Danevang Farmer's Co-op, cooperatives, are a Danish tradition, to process and market farm products and purchase needed supplies and other products. Cooperative handles cotton, grain sorghum, corn, soybeans and wheat produced by members.
  • The Co-op now has a modern cotton gin that can produce forty 500-pound bales of cotton per hour. Can gin in excess of 50.000 bales. The elevator can store over 900,000 bushels of grain. It often handles over two million bushels during the summer harvest.
  • Four schools were formed in the area so that children would not have far to walk.
  • In early 1950's the schools were closed and children bused to nearby

Danish Heritage Museum-Danevang

Hours Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
979-578-0808 during museum hours or
Admission fee donation is charged.

  • Museum is built to resemble a Danish Barn. There is also a home that was built in the 1890's which has been moved to the museum grounds and was restored.
  • In the first year a Lutheran Church was organized in the community. The Lutheran Church is the state church of Denmark. 
  • The church met in homes and other various locations for first few years. Then farmers pledged a portion of their crops to build a church building.  The new building was dedicated in 1907. The building was destroyed by a hurricane in 1945 
  • 1947 a chapel was purchased from the soon to be closed Army Camp Hulen which was decommissioned after World War II. The building was disassembled and reassembled. 
  • 1995 Texas legislature proclaimed Danevang to be "The Danish Capital of Texas."

April-Saturday nearest April 17. Queen's Birthday party in celebration of the birthday of Queen Margarethe of Denmark
June-Saturday nearest to June 5th Danish Constitution Day (Grundslovs Dag) Celebrates the adoption of the Danish Constitution in 1848. 

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