The Wharton County Historical Commission is working on the following projects:

Marker applications submitted in the fall 2017 round:

  • Egypt Slave Cemetery (submitted by Lya and Ken Coulter)
  • Lane City Reservoir (submitted by LCRA)
  • Louise State Bank Building (submitted by Joe Cardenas, Jr.)
  • Old Bethlehem Baptist Church (submitted by Donna Johnson)

The status of other projects is as follows:

  • Campo Santo Cemetery, Don-Tol – historic cemetery designation application submitted 3/24/2016.  We are awaiting some additional documentation, requested by the THC.
  • Dr. Gregg Dimmick, with translation assistance from our member Joey Cardenas, is documenting the experience of John Wharton, who was captured (along with 40 or more others) by Mexican “pirates” while on board a Texas ship near the Texas coast in around 1837.   There is much more to this story – stay tuned for updates.
  • Glen Flora marker dedication – The marker has been received and is in storage.  Hurricane Harvey forced many area residents from their homes, and recovery is ongoing.  We hope to dedicate the marker early this spring.
  • Payne Prison Farm, Wharton – Research is ongoing.  If you have knowledge, please contact Pat Blair.
  • restoration of Old Jerusalem Cemetery, Spanish Camp.  The Old Jerusalem Cemetery is located on four-and-a-half-acres on Peach Creek, one mile east of FM 640 in Spanish Camp.  The Cemetery was established in 1870 when The Jerusalem Baptist Church was built here.  Historic designation is done.  Restoration is next.
  • Wharton Cemetery, Wharton – This project will continue into the future.
  • St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church – The marker has been received and is in storage, pending plans for the dedication ceremony, tentatively May 6, 2018.

New Book:

  • War Between States Changed Texas Forever – Merle Reue Hudgins’ latest book arrived in April 2017.  The price is $75, plus $10 to ship.  To order contact Wharton County Historical Commission at