Buried Treasures of the Past

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances Photos courtesy of the Fort Bend Archaeological Society – Discovering history is like a mystery waiting to be solved. Finding artifacts of the past in old buildings, abandoned homes and buried deep in the soil is an exciting adventure for historians. When...

Decker Park: A Gateway to Preserving the History of Richmond

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – Historical landmarks are a reminder of the layers of imbedded stories of people and events that shaped the future. Triumphs and tragedies, each incident chronicles the steps residents took to thrive and survive in difficult times. The City of Richmond has...

The Civil War and Confederate Soldiers of Fort Bend County

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances Photos from The Civil War: A Visual History – During the winter of 1861 when the American Civil War began, Fort Bend County residents took a stand to fight for the Confederacy. The city of Houston became the headquarters for the Confederate district of...

Richmond State Supported Living Center: A History of Dignity and Respect

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – In the early 1800s, when the leaders of Fort Bend County sat down to structure the most essential needs of the community, schooling was a top priority. Public schools were implemented to teach students the basic necessities of reading, writing and...

The Cattle Industry and Branding in Fort Bend County

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – When the early settlers of Fort Bend County began prospering in the area, growing cotton and raising cattle was a top priority. Unlike premium priced cotton acreage, grazing land was relatively inexpensive. As cities grew and ranches emerged, the...

Christmas Traditions in Fort Bend County

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances Photos by the Fort Bend County Museum Association. Christmas is the most anticipated and celebrated holiday of the year for many people. Both religiously and secularly, people around the world observe this special day with traditions and customs. Most Americans...

Early Settlers and Thanksgiving in Fort Bend County

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – The gathering of family and friends during Thanksgiving is one of the most memorable times of the year. Thanksgiving is a secular holiday that is celebrated nationally by almost every culture and religion. People prepare food in advance and recite...

The Mystery of the Graves at Old Orchard Drive

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances –  Abandoned graveyards have always been a fascination for historians. They dig deep to unearth the stories of the past in an attempt to uncover the fortitude of the working man and the roots of the community. Many of these tales are handed down from...

The Railroad Museum: Preserving Rosenberg’s History

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances – There are events in the history of Fort Bend County that are considered pivotal to its growth and expansion. Stephen F. Austin and the Old Three Hundred settlers were the first to see the value in the area’s terrain and climate, and they initiated farming...

Alligators in Fort Bend

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY | By Joan Frances Images from American Alligator the Southern United States – The year 2016 is proving to be historical for the Fort Bend County community. For the first time since 1957, the Brazos River crested and overflowed to a record level, flooding areas of Richmond...

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