Special to The Flash Today from Stephenville Historical House Museum
STEPHENVILLE (April 18, 2017) – The Stephenville Historical House Museum was honored with the donation of a pecan tree seedling from the oldest living pecan tree in Texas by State Senator Craig Estes. The original LaBahia pecan tree is located at the LaBahia ferry crossing at Washington-on-the-Brazos and is believed to have been there when Sam Houston crossed the ferry to declare Texas Independence on March 2, 1836.
The donated seedling was specially harvested and prepared by the Horticultural Science Department at Texas A&M University. Senator Estes delivered the tree to Erath County Judge Tab Thompson, who in turn contacted the museum of its arrival.
Before the tree could be planted, an area had to be prepared. The museum’s landscape chair, Dana Adams, selected the best location not far from the Wolf Nursery sign toward the Bosque River to give the new tree the best chance of flourishing. John Hogan of Hogan Land Works donated equipment and his time to leveling and preparing the spot selected.
Judge Tab Thompson, John Hogan and his fiancé, Alyssa Stroud, Dana Adams, Russell Pfau, Margo Guisenhoff, Dianne Wilson and Sherri Knight were on hand at the planting ceremony. Senator Estes plans on visiting the museum soon. A metal plaque was supplied by the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association so museum visitors will know the story of the LaBahia Pecan Tree.