Main Street – Calvert Historic District

I found out my paternal grandfather grew up in the small town of Calvert, Texas in the College Station area near Houston and had to take a road trip from Dallas to check it out. Not knowing much about him growing up, I was able to make contact while I was working on a family tree project. We had a great phone conversation and he told me about the Darwin family in Texas. When I moved to Dallas a few years ago for a job, I had no idea I had so many roots here. It makes me feel like a real Texan now.

I always had curiosity about the Darwin side of my family (and if I could somehow be related to THE Charles Darwin). Well, I learned a lot of interesting things. Between both my mother and father lines I found out I’m related to: Texas ranchers, Quakers, Dutch, British, German, French, Norwegian, both Union and Confederate soldiers, Elizabeth Taylor (actress) is my 2nd cousin 2x removed (maternal side), and yes, THE Charles Darwin is also a 2nd cousin 6x removed (paternal side).

But I digress, back to Calvert. It’s not a far drive from Dallas and a nice stop on the way to Houston. I had lunch at Zorro’s Hideaway Food Train on Main Street. Fried pork chops, green beans, fried okra and coconut cream pie for desert . It was delicious. The waitress was very friendly and gave me guide book on Calvert, which included a walking tour with information on all the historic buildings and houses. In the late 19th century, it was the fourth largest city in Texas thanks to booming cotton production and a Texas Central Railway stop. Calvert was a hopping place with stores, hotels, a theatre, several saloons and blocks filled with Victorian homes.

Unfortunately, an approaching storm prevented me from a walking tour but I was still able to get some great photos and buy some local art. I wish I had more time to explore, I plan to go back one day. Calvert is a great weekend getaway in Texas with several bed and breakfasts (not far from Waco and College Station). Have you ever been to Calvert? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

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