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HICKORY POINT, TEXAS. Hickory Point, one of the earliest settlements in the area of present Washington County, was west of Cole's Settlement (now Independence). Before the Texas revolution residents of Hickory Point included Dr. James B. Miller and the Clays. On the site of this settlement Horatio Chriesman (later Stephen F. Austin's chief surveyor) and Martin Varner grew the first corn crop sown by Anglo settlers in Texas. With the rise of other population centers in the vicinity, Hickory Point disappeared, and nothing of it remains.


Lois Wood Burkhalter, Gideon Lincecum, 1793–1874: A Biography (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1965). William Carey Crane, Centennial Address, Embracing the History of Washington County, Texas, July 4, 1876 (Galveston News Steam Job Printing, 1876; rpt., Brenham, Texas: Banner-Press, 1939). Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970). Charles F. Schmidt, History of Washington County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1949).

Carole E. Christian


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

Carole E. Christian, "HICKORY POINT, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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