Calvert, Tx - History and Pleasure including Pictures of Historic Cemetery

Virginia Field Park in Calvert, Texas

Virginia Field Park
Virginia Field Park | Source

Beyond Main Street

If you have already read Part 1 of Calvert, Texas - Captivating Place of History and Pleasure, you know that it primarily focused on some of the terrific stores and eateries on Main Street.

Lisa (my fellow traveling companion) and I wanted to see more of what makes Calvert such a special place when wishing to see Texas sites of interest..

Using a little brochure sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce which had a map on one side, we were able to follow the self-guided driving tour which showcases many sites of interest.

Within a small and limited area one is introduced to many locations which have plaques identifying these sites as deserving of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


Calvert, Texas / Virginia Field Park

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Virginia Field Park


This gorgeous green space within the Historic District of Calvert originated in 1868 as a donation for park space from the Houston and Texas Central Railroad.

The proximity of the railroad is one of the reasons that Calvert thrived in its heyday.

One can just imagine the many concerts that have been performed through the years since the large red roofed pavilion and the 2 smaller gazebos were built in 1895.

In 1937 the large pavilion was named in honor of an admired landscaper, Mrs. Virginia Field, and carries her name to this day. It has been the site of many different gatherings in the past and is probably well utilized today and should be enjoyed long into the future.

Calvert, Texas Cemetery

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Calvert Cemetery


There are many different cemeteries in and around Calvert, but the large spectacular one in the Historic District is simply named after the town.

Dating from 1870, it is filled with gorgeous monuments, one prettier than the next.

Lisa and I both like visiting cemeteries so this was "right up our alley!" Unfortunately due to recent torrential rains that had been in that area, mosquitoes that had hatched were hungry and we provided some live bait for them. So pictures were hastily taken and we retreated before we had provided too much of a feast for the flying insects.

Some of the Angel monuments are shown below...

Angel monuments in Calvert Cemetery

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Close-up of one of the two shown above
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Close-up of one of the two shown above
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More monuments...



Here is a sampling of some others in the Calvert Cemetery...

Note the beautiful gate enclosing one plot within the cemetery in this first photo. It has 2 sheep resting in the shade beneath the weeping branches of a tree.

Beautiful Calvert Cemetery

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Beautiful iron gate with tree and sheep These children's lives were brief One of several Woodmen Monuments in Calvert Cemetery
Beautiful iron gate with tree and sheep
Beautiful iron gate with tree and sheep | Source
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These children's lives were brief
These children's lives were brief | Source
One of several Woodmen Monuments in Calvert Cemetery
One of several Woodmen Monuments in Calvert Cemetery | Source
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Calvert Courthouse Historic marker

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The Hammond House


The Hammond House is now a Bed and Breakfast in the historic district of Calvert. This imposing building of all of them in the historic district probably has the most interesting history.

Originally it was going to be built as the County Seat Courthouse and jail. Because the county seat was moved to another location, it became a private residence. For a while it became a museum and it once again reverted into private ownership...now a B & B.

A day-trip to Calvert from Houston, allowing for the approximate 4 hour round trip, does not allow much more than an overview.

Having spent most of our time on Main Street, exploring such places as Cocoamoda, Common Scents, The Eloia, Big Cedar Furniture and Zamykal kolaches (details and photos in the first hub), and except for walking through the Calvert Cemetery offering our obviously tasty blood to the mosquitoes...we simply drove around taking photos of the other historic places.

Will share some more of the photos here...


The Hammond House in Calvert, Texas

The Hammond House
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Sarah Palin and Larry King discuss The Hammond House in Calvert

The Parish House B & B in Calvert, Texas

Look at that interesting chimney on The Parish House B & B
Look at that interesting chimney on The Parish House B & B | Source

The Parish House

This unique home was actually ordered from a mail order catalog and constructed in 1897.

It is a Queen Anne style and has since been converted into one of the Bed and Breakfast establishments within the Historic District of Calvert, Texas.


For some reason this decorated exterior reminds me of the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. The original architect of this style home certainly must have had fun in designing this!


If you wish to make reservations, here is the number to call: 979-364-3748.


Another view of the Parish House Bed and Breakfast...

The Parish House Bed & Breakfast in Calvert, Texas

The Parish House Bed and Breakfast
The Parish House Bed and Breakfast | Source

Pin Oak B & B in Calvert, Texas

Steps leading up to the Pin Oak B & B
Steps leading up to the Pin Oak B & B | Source

Pin Oak Bed and Breakfast


Located just across the street from the Virginia Field Park this Pin Oak home...now a Bed and Breakfast...is situated on a large tree shaded lot and has an interesting history.


Click on the link to read more about it and see some photos of the inside rooms. The photo of the library is stunning!



It is easy to see why people would be tempted to want to stay in places this beautiful for a short (or even longer) vacation get-away destination.

The Pin Oak Bed and Breakfast in Calvert, Texas

The Pin Oak Bed and Breakfast in Calvert
The Pin Oak Bed and Breakfast in Calvert | Source

The Calvert Inn


This impressive home turned Bed and Breakfast used to be inhabited by people who reputedly owned the "largest cotton gin" in the world. The link to the right describes more of the history and shows many photos of the elegant rooms inside of this grand establishment.

Prepare yourself to be royally pampered!

Calvert sports one of the largest historic districts in the State of Texas. One imposing structure after another greets one's vision when walking or driving through these streets to the right of the downtown area.

The Calvert Inn in Calvert, Texas

The Calvert Inn
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The Church of the Epiphany in Calvert, Texas

The Church of the Epiphany
The Church of the Epiphany | Source

The Church of the Epiphany


This is an Episcopal Church and this is what is written on the official historic medallion affixed to the building:

"Originated June 6, 1870 by Bishop Gregg. Oldest church edifice erected in Calvert. Has been used continuously since parish was founded. Fine wood scroll work and lancet windows compliment the Victorian architecture. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967"

The Barton Home in Calvert, TX

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Hitch your horses to this post
Hitch your horses to this post | Source






The Barton Home




This historic sign was posted outside of the fencing surrounding the Barton Home.

It certainly appears to be a solidly built as well as a beautiful home as viewed from the street.

The concrete posts were also outside of the decorative iron fencing.

Through the years these were probably often used as hitching posts where people tied up their horses while visiting the family inside of this homestead.

These same concrete posts are seen elsewhere in Calvert's Historic District.

The Barton Home in Calvert, Texas

The Barton Home
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Below is a sampling of other sites Lisa and I saw that day while driving through the residential section of Calvert's Historic District. Obviously there is much more to see, but this will give readers an impression of just how pretty this town is if one gets off of the Main Street ( Highway 6 ) that is a primary passageway in this part of Texas.

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Sampling of some of the grand houses to be found in Calvert, Texas

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Obviously this grand ediface needs a little TLC
Obviously this grand ediface needs a little TLC | Source
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Note the hitching posts!
Note the hitching posts! | Source
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A surprise!  There were several of these birds in one of the yards.
A surprise! There were several of these birds in one of the yards. | Source

Some old bricks found in the streets of Calvert, TX

Some of the old bricks used in the sidewalks and streets
Some of the old bricks used in the sidewalks and streets | Source

Back to Main Street...


I'll leave you with some final photos taken on Main Street in Calvert, Texas. Lisa and I truly enjoyed our day trip to that locale and hope to return someday and see more of what Calvert has to offer.

Hopefully you enjoyed this second article about Calvert, Texas and learned something about the history and all the many things that can be done for pleasure while viewing these pictures and reading a bit more about this unique historic town.

Some final images from Main Street in Calvert, Texas...

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Remnants of an old building now supporting ivy Lisa looking at more of that building covered with vegetation Many old buildings dating back to the 1800's Lovely decorated sidewalks on Main Street in Calvert                                                                                                                                                                               Just love these old exterior walls!
Remnants of an old building now supporting ivy
Remnants of an old building now supporting ivy | Source
Lisa looking at more of that building covered with vegetation
Lisa looking at more of that building covered with vegetation | Source
Many old buildings dating back to the 1800's
Many old buildings dating back to the 1800's | Source
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Lovely decorated sidewalks on Main Street in Calvert
Lovely decorated sidewalks on Main Street in Calvert | Source
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Just love these old exterior walls!
Just love these old exterior walls! | Source
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Location of Calvert in Texas

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Located between many major cities, people visit from Austin, San Antonio, Waco, Dallas, Houston and more to see and visit this unique town.

Back to Main Street...


I'll leave you with some final photos taken on Main Street in Calvert, Texas. Lisa and I truly enjoyed our day trip to that locale and hope to return someday and see more of what Calvert has to offer.

Hopefully you enjoyed this second article about Calvert, Texas and learned something about the history and all the many things that can be done for pleasure while viewing these pictures and reading a bit more about this unique historic town.

Calvert, Texas

Bottom of an old door and threshold seen in Calvert, Texas.
Bottom of an old door and threshold seen in Calvert, Texas. | Source

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Kathie,

Thanks for adding that bit of information about the family ties to both places...Calvert, Texas and Chappell Hill, Texas. Both places have outstanding cemeteries as well as other points of interest. So glad that you liked these hubs. Appreciate your comment. Hope that you get to visit Calvert in the near future. Am sure that you will enjoy visiting there.


Kathie 4 years ago

Peggy,

What wonderful photography! I found the photos of the Masonic Cemetery in Chappell Hill, Texas and then came across your link to photos you have taken in Calvert, Texas. I have been to Chappell Hill but not Calvert, but need to put that in my plans. I think it is neat that two beautiful, historic Texas towns have a common family link. William Keesee, Sr., married to the daughter of Robert Wooding Chappell, namesake of Chappell Hill, had a sister, Mary Keesee, that was the wife of Robert Calvert, namesake of Calvert, Texas.

Thanks for sharing your work.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Bethany,

Here is the Calvert Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.calverttx.com/

Hopefully they can point you in the right direction to help your friend who wishes to get married there. Thanks for your inquiry and comment.


Bethany 4 years ago

Can you tell me who my friend can call to reserve the Virginia Fields Gazebo for a wedding ceremony?


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello Jean Norton,

Very happy to hear that as a resident of Calvert, Texas, you found this hub to be of interest. The Hammond House certainly has an interesting history! Maybe next time we will have enough time to stop in for a look inside of your B & B. Thanks for the complimentary comment.


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