Pat

Preston, Wharton County, Texas USA

Who are you and what do you do?
'I'm Patricia Blair, current chair of Wharton County Historical Commission, Wharton, Texas. Genealogy and historical research are my hobbies.'

Why do you choose to live in Preston?
'Preston in Wharton County Texas is now a ghost town, but those who live there have family land they still occupy.'

What's your favourite place in Preston and why?
'Well the only place left of Preston is the cemetery, which has been fenced, but neglect has caused much damage to the tombstones sadly. The pretty surrounding farmland nearby is my favorite place.'

What is Preston proud of?
'Preston was Wharton County's first settlement and lasted for about twenty years. It served as a centre of trade for settlers along Caney Creek in the upper part of the Bay Prairie area. Located on the road from Matagorda to Bastrop (the major road inland from the coast), Preston was expected to become the county seat, though it never did. In Wharton County, we are proud of our history and the many different ethnicities that have contributed to it.'

Tell us something about Preston that people won't know?
'A union soldier from the American Civil War is buried in Preston Cemetery. His name is Captain Tilson Columbus Barden and was born in New York State in 1833 and died age 44 in Texas in 1877. He graduated from the University of Rochester in New York State and had a long and illustrious military career, surviving the civil war to subsequently serve in the US army until 03/18/1869.'