January 2, 2015 |

Do you admire the beauty of historical architecture? Do glimpses of yesteryear fill you with wonder? Feed your fascination by experiencing the sights of Old Sugar Land!

The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation will be conducting a historic walking tour of Old Sugar Land on Saturday, January 10th at 10:00 AM. The tour will start at the Heritage Foundation Museum, located within the Imperial Sugar refinery site, and will cover 1.5 miles of Old Sugar Land.

Old Sugar Land makes up the northern portion of Sugar Land. Most of this area formed the original city limits of Sugar Land when it was incorporated in 1959. Located in this side of town is the former Imperial Sugar Company refinery and distribution center that was shut down in 2003. However, the Imperial Sugar headquarters is still located within Sugar Land.

Sugar Land's heritage traces its roots back to the original Mexican land grant to Stephen F. Austin. One of the first settlers of the land, Samuel M. Williams, called this land "Oakland Plantation" because there were many different varieties of oak on the land. Williams' brother, Nathaniel, purchased the land in 1838. They operated the plantation by growing cotton, corn, and sugarcane.

During these early years, the area that is now Sugar Land was the center of social life along the Brazos River. In 1853, Benjamin Terry and William J. Kyle purchased the Oakland Plantation from the S. M. Williams family. Terry is known for naming the town and organizing Terry's Texas Rangers during the Civil War.

Upon the deaths of Terry and Kyle, Colonel E. H. Cunningham bought the 12,500 acres plantation soon after the Civil War, and developed the town around his sugar-refining plant in 1879.

The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation inspires community pride by collecting, preserving, and communicating this rich and unique history so that it can continue to captivate many for years to come.

Get your tickets now and experience a remarkable adventure you won’t forget! Ticket fees are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12–18. Children under 12 are free. For more information, visit here.

 
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