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Property Name Stringfellow Orchards
Reference Number 13000043
State Texas
County Galveston
Town Hitchcock
Street Address 7902 Highway 6, Hitchcock, Texas
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 02/27/2013
Areas of Significance Agriculture, Architecture
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Henry Martyn Stringfellow, an influential early Texas horticulturalist, established his well-known orchard in Hitchcock in 1883. Though he began his career in nearby Galveston nearly twenty years earlier, it was here that he solidified his reputation as a pioneering authority on pears. His productivity in Hitchcock coincided with and influenced the emergence of a thriving agricultural economy in Hitchcock. He sold his thirty-acre orchard after just ten years, but in 1920 the Kipfer family once again used the property to sustain an agricultural enterprise. They successfully made a living on the property by operating a truck farm and flower shop until 1989. Stringfellow Orchards is nominated to the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria A for its association with agriculture and under Criterion C for architecture, both at the local level of significance.


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