Austin's Home LbNA # 52946
|Placed Date||Apr 9 2010|
|Location||Jones Creek, TX|
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 50 yards RT)
Status: retired (03/03/15)
Peach Point Plantation, settled in December 1832, was the home of James Franklin Perry and his wife, Emily Austin Bryan Perry and was considered by Emily's brother, Stephen F. Austin, to be his only home in Texas. It was named by Austin for the wild peach trees growing there and Of all the property in his colony, Peach Point was Austin's first choice as a home site. After Austin's death in West Columbia on December 27, 1836, his body was brought down the Brazos River aboard the steamboat Yellow Stone for burial in the family cemetery at Peach Point, Gulf Prairie Cemetery. In 1910 Austin's remains were moved to the State Cemetery in Austin, but you can visit his original burial site while looking for this box.
From Houston, go south on Hwy 288 to Lake Jackson and turn right on FM 2004. Go about 7 miles and turn left on Hwy 36. Go 2.7 miles and turn right on Gulf Prairie Rd (CR 304). Go .2 mile and turn left into Gulf Prairie Church & Cemetery parking lot.
Walk north between the church and cemetery fence about 25 yards, then turn left and go to 2 historical markers for James & Emily Perry. Continue a few steps to their graves and the empty grave of Stephen F. Austin. Behind you a few steps to the north is a large, cement tomb for the Gautier family with bushes along the east side. The Letterbox is between the tomb and the first bush under sticks and leaves. Please replace as described.