Barnard’s 1860 Mill Still Stands In Glen Rose, Texas


Today, our search for interesting Texas history takes us to the beautiful little town of Glen Rose, Texas where for over 150 years has stood a beautiful old mill, still called by its original name…Barnard’s Mill.

In 1860, Charles E. Barnard settled on the banks of the Paluxy River in what today is the heart of Glen Rose, Texas, but to understand just how and why this came to be it is necessary to backtrack just a bit and briefly track the very interesting life of Barnard pre-1860.

Charles E. Barnard was born in Connecticut in 1823; he came to Texas at the age of twenty-one and joined his brother in the Trading Post business. Just two years later, Barnard was able to purchase a young woman who had been captured by the Comanche, a woman he would wed  just two years later.

The Barnards understood the need for protection.

For the next decade, the Barnard brothers operated various trading posts across Central Texas, and Charles and his wife birthed fourteen children. However, in 1860 the brothers’ Indian customers were placed on reservations, and they found themselves out of business…thus the move to build the gristmill on the Paluxy that immediately became known as Barnard’s mill.

Today, the mill is owned by the Somerville County Historical Society who offers informative guided tours of the property as well as the art gallery. There is no charge to visit Barnard’s Mill, which is built of native stone from nearby Chalk Mountain; however, the historical society certainly accepts donations.

Regular hours are Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 until 5:00.  You might want to call ahead if you plan to visit at a time other than regular hours or email

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307 S.W. Barnard Street
Glen Rose, Texas 76043

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for and marketing small-town Texas.
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