sidebar menu icon


REDLAND, TEXAS (Van Zandt County). Redland, just off State Highway 64 twenty-four miles southeast of Canton in southeast Van Zandt County, began when Burwell J. Hambrick built the first cotton gin in the county just west of the Neches River and established a plantation home. After the Civil War he divided his estate, later known as Roseland Plantation Home, among his ex-slaves, and this land became the foundation of the community. Red Land High School existed by 1890, reached an enrollment of thirty-five in 1905, and in 1966 was consolidated with the Van Independent School District. In 1936 state highway maps showed a church, a cemetery, a school, and several residences, and three local churches were functioning by 1965. By 1981, however, only scattered dwellings remained along the highway to mark the townsite.

Van Zandt County History Book Committee, History of Van Zandt County (Dallas, 1984).
Diana J. Kleiner

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, Diana J. Kleiner, "Redland, TX (Van Zandt County)," accessed January 19, 2018,

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Texas AlmanacFor more information about towns and counties including physical features, statistics, weather, maps and much more, visit the Town Database on!