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GRANT'S COLONY, TX

GRANT'S COLONY, TEXAS. Grant's Colony was two miles east of Huntsville in central Walker County. It was named for its benefactor, George Washington Grantqv, of Walker County, who planned a model farming community at the site. He accumulated over 8,000 acres in the district between 1856 and 1874. The community has sometimes been called Harmony Settlement. Grant provided land for a school and two churches, a Methodist Episcopal and a Baptist. Grant's Colony was predominantly a freedmen's village. Two public schools in the area enrolled twenty-four black students in 1898. Cotton and corn were the principal crops raised by the local farmers, who were largely tenants or sharecroppers, and Grant provided a mill and gin nearby. In the 1930s the property was purchased by the National Forest Service.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Walker County Genealogical Society and Walker County Historical Commission, Walker County (Dallas, 1986).

James L. Hailey

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

James L. Hailey, "GRANT'S COLONY, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ueg01), accessed April 19, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.