Last updated: 5/9/2011
West Columbia, Texas
Street Address
1702 N 13 Street
West Columbia, TX 77486
Mailing Address
PO Box 696
West Columbia, TX 77486
Sunday, Tuesday - Saturday8 AM - 5 PM
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
Entrance Fee (Grounds use only):
$1.00 per adult (13 and up)
Guided Tour (includes Entrance Fee):
. $6.00 per adult
. $2.00 per student
No charge for children age 6 and under with adult.
Jonathan Plant, Curator
phone: 979-345-4656
Kandy Taylor-Hille, Site Manager
Angela Pfeiffer, Program Coordinator
Gregg Post, Lead Ranger
Melissa Niebuhr, Office & Gift Shop Manager

Miss Ima Hogg, last private owner of the site, conceived turning the site into a museum in the early 1930s. In 1958, she donated the plantation house and grounds to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; 11 years later, she donated the artifacts collections as well. The site was christened Varner-Hogg Plantation after the first and last owners of the land. Miss Hogg remained involved with the site until her death in 1975. In 2003, the park undertook a more thorough interpretation of the site's actual antebellum history through a film presentation funded by the Houston endowment. This presentation further illuminates the plantation's history under its longest tenant, C. R. Patton, and provides insight into the multicultural past of the site. Interpretation at Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site continues to evolve through changing exhibits, special tours, and public programs.

Artifact Collections

Antebellum American decorative arts collected by Miss Ima Hogg, including china and pottery, furniture, and other items; agricultural implements; ruins of sugar mill and slave quarters.

Research Collections

Site has a small library with books on early Texas history, plantation culture, slavery and race relations, and the Hogg family. Library resources may only be used on site by appointment.

Educational Programs

Educational programs available for students ages K-12; fees vary based on program. Contact park for program descriptions and pricing.


Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site is administered by the State Parks Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.


Access: Students, Scholars

Appointment required: Yes

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