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The Grove, Texas: A Museum Ghost Town


What is a Museum Ghost Town?

Its an abandoned town that has been lovingly restored to what it was in its heydey. Welcome to the museum town of The Grove. Its been closed down for many years as it waited for a new owner to hopefully one day open it back up to the public. As of now, its a museum piece as much as it was once a museum.

The Grove Texas

Saloon and Blacksmith shop at The Grove, Texas

The Grove Texas

Main Street-The Grove Texas

The Grove was established sometime around 1859. Its name came from a  grove of Live Oak trees near the center of the town. By the 1870′s the town boasted a post office, 2 general stores, a saloon, blacksmith shop and a sheriff’s office.

The Grove Texas

Inside the blacksmith shop at The Grove

A General Store at The Grove

A General Store at The Grove

When a major highway came through, The Grove was bypassed and by the late 1940′s. Several farmers were also forced to leave the surrounding farms due to the building of an Army training center at Fort Hood.  This caused the population to further decline to the point where the post office was shut down. in 1946, The Grove owners, W. J. and Martha Dube (DOO-bee) sold the town to a man named John Graham who owned it until 1972, when Moody Anderson an antiques dealer, came to town one day and asked if it was for sale. Graham didn’t like the idea, but it was Graham’s daughter who talked him into selling it. For the next 38 years, Anderson packed the little town with antiques.

The Grove Museum

The Museum at The Grove in Texas.

Moody Anderson had so many antiques that he ended up leasing them to several film production companies and even to the movie Lonesome Dove.

The Blacksmith Shop at The Grove

The Blacksmith Shop at The Grove in Texas

As of 2010, the 82 year old Anderson placed the town up for sale at an auction. The town was sold to the granddaughter of W. J. and Martha Dube, Fran Moyer, of San Jose, California for $200,000.00 in 2010. Her plan so far is to not do anything with it other than preserve it. There is talk that the town will be open to concerts. The town has been closed for many years since it became a museum town back in the 1970′s and is designated as a historical town by the Smithsonian Institute. The town was highlighted by Forbes magazine in a 2008 cover story.

General Store at The Grove in Texas

General Store at The Grove in Texas

Branding Iron Symbols

Branding Iron Symbols

The Well at the Grove in Texas

The Well at the Grove in Texas. It still has water in it. This well was dug in the late 1800's.

Sheriff's Office at the Grove

Sheriff's Office at the Grove in Texas

Here is a gallery of the above images:

If you go, please be respectful of the town and the residents who live near it. Its a really quiet and beautiful place in the hill country of Texas.

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16 responses

  1. I like your choice of black and white. It makes it seem old!

    March 5, 2012 at 1:07 am

    • Gary

      Thank you. Its a really neat place.

      March 5, 2012 at 1:11 am

    • Gary

      Thank you!

      May 29, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  2. Very cool, we have a ghost town like this in California. I need to get up there.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:18 am

    • Gary

      Thank you. What is the name of the town you mentioned? I’m getting ready to publish about Bodie.

      March 5, 2012 at 1:27 am

      • Bodie is what I was referring to, I have not been there yet but have been wanting to go for so long. Congrats on the book.

        March 5, 2012 at 1:57 am

      • Gary

        Oh cool.I meant publish on the blog, not a book! I wish! Bodie is really cool. Worth a trip up there to see it.

        March 5, 2012 at 2:01 am

      • Sorry, I think along the book line because that’s my secret wish. ;) Well, I’m going to follow you so I can be sure to catch that when you post it.

        March 5, 2012 at 2:13 am

      • Gary

        Thats awesome!

        March 5, 2012 at 3:06 am

  3. Per Hoyer

    hello – thanks for this nice site. I am from denmark, and visiting Texas right now – eager to see som real “John Wayne” lands, and i found this site. One thing though… I would be nice i someone had left som driving directions. How on earth am I supposed to find it?
    At least som map coordinates would bee extreamely helpfull.
    But… I will find it – tnx again for the site…
    Kind Regards
    Per Hoyer
    Denmark

    September 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    • Gary

      Hi Per, thanks for your comment. As for directions, I try and respect the places I visit and not advertise the geo locations. Doing so would invite a lot of foot traffic. I figure if people really want to find these places, they can do the research just like I did. Safe travels!

      September 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm

  4. “The Grove, Texas: A Museum Ghost Town Ghost Towns
    And Abandoned Places” was indeed a fantastic post, cannot wait
    to go through more of ur postings. Time to waste a bit of time online lmao.
    Many thanks -Erika

    January 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

  5. What a fantastic place for a shoot! (They’d have to drag me and my camera away.) Fantastic processing and wonderful collection!

    December 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    • Gary

      Thank you!

      January 16, 2014 at 5:10 am

  6. Would be very interested into looking to do an investigation of the town. Is there any contact information on the owner? We were able to investigate Medicine Mounds, TX (another ghost town with only 3 buildings standing). BTW very nice info and pictures on this site.

    January 15, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    • Gary

      Not sure how to find out who the owner is. You can drive right up to it and check it out.

      January 16, 2014 at 5:09 am

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