Vine Grove LbNA # 53441
|Placed Date||May 9 2010|
|Last Update||Oct 24 2014|
Distance to Letterbox: 25 yards
**** Part of the Immigrants of Texas Series ******
Vine Grove was a growing settlement in western Washington county, with James H. Holt being granted 1,280 acres of land by the Republic of Texas in this area. Holt was one of the Old Three Hundred, and in 1851 he became the first postmaster of Vine Grove. The community was located south of the La Bahia road, near Mill Creek. By 1860 there were 280 citizens in the town, which included a blacksmith, carpenter, teacher, 2 merchants and a horticulurist. Most of the settlers were German immigrants. The railroad bypassed Vine Grove, and the town declined, closing the post office in 1872. All that remains is a marker at the Holt family cemetery and Holt's stone fireplace. ***** I COULD NOT FIND THIS, so box placed in nearest place I could find which is the Bethlehem Cemetery. It will be moved if I find, or someone finds and tells me where the Holt Cemetery is.
Directions to Box:
From Burton and Hwy 290, go south on FM 2502. At Greenvine, go left on Greenvine Road. At end of road, turn right on Boehemann Rd. About a mile or 2 on left is Cemetery. Pul up to Historic Marker in trees at front of Cemetery.
To the Letterbox:
From Marker, go left to ground level tombstone for Mary Smoots. Now go left to 4 trunk mid-sized tree. Box is in middle of this tree at ground level, with sticks hiding it.