nice little hike

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User: soltex41 - 12/22/2013

Location: Visitor's Overlook

Rating: 3stars
Difficulty: 2stars  Solitude: 2stars
Miles Hiked: 2.00 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A


a nice short hike.  Really sirprized that the trail head is not better marked.  Spend some time pokng around the cematery.  Here is some information about the town of Quarry and link abut the cemitary

QUARRY, TEXAS. Quarry is on Wolf Creek 1½ miles from Lake Somerville and fourteen miles from Brenham in extreme northern Washington County. It derived its name from its stone quarries, the economic base of its prosperity in the 1890s. By 1884 Quarry was a station on the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway. In 1891 its post office opened with Ananias M. Conover as postmaster. By 1896 Quarry had grown into a small distribution center with a justice of the peace, a sheriff, a lawyer, two doctors, a hotel, and a Baptist church. Quarry commerce flourished briefly with cotton processing, the development of quarries, and an influx of railroad employees. Commercial competition from larger Gay Hill, in Washington County, and the decline of stone quarrying in the area resulted in the rapid elimination of the commercial and processing sectors in Quarry. The community's post office was closed in 1905. Later in the twentieth century Quarry had several railroad tie manufacturing factories. In the 1980s ranching was the economic base of this community, in which the population was by then predominantly black. The name was still listed as a community in 1990.

 Williams- Quarry is a cemetery that is no longer used. I have been told it was an African American cemetery that was abandoned in the mid-fifties when it was decided that the Somerville Cemetery would allow burials based on where you lived instead of race. Many of the graves are unmarked. Volunteers of the Army Corp of Engineers are doing some maintenance of it. They have tried to drum up some enthusiasm of the local family members for it's maintenance in years past but with no luck. There may not be many local family members left. Marked graves show burials between 1911 to 1955. Family names include the following: Bouldin, Franklin (WWII vet), Harris, Hunt, Robinson, Ratliff, Sayles, Spencer, Williams and Young.

Area around Visitor's Overlook