Many of the buildings that will be moved to the Fernland Historical park were donated to the Sam Houston University by Carroll and Mae Tharp.
What started out as an effort to find a storage building for his property on Montgomery County, Texas, quickly turned into a project to save examples of early architecture. Mr. & Mrs. Tharp spent the next 20 years painstakingly locating, moving and restoring these buildings. Mr. Tharp, a trained preservation architect and a former board member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, took great care to ensure authenticity in the restoration of all of the structures.
The buildings include:
In 1991, the Tharps donated the buildings and original site to Sam Houston State University. Due to the remote location of the buildings, it was decided that the buildings should be moved to a more appropriate site so that they can be enjoyed by the public. Hence, through a joint effort between Fernland Inc., The City of Montgomery and Sam Houston State university, a new park has been established within the downtown area of the City of Montgomery.
In addition to the above buildings, other homes will be re-located to the site. For example, the Arnold-Simonton House, the oldest home in Montgomery, will be moved into the park during 2011.