- 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
- 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.