Fincastle, on Farm Road 315 four miles north of Poyner in southeastern Henderson County, was settled in 1848. A post office was established there on March 6, 1855, with Daniel R. McRae as postmaster. Apparently McRae proposed the name Fincastle, after a town in Scotland. Seven years later a town plat was drawn up by John and Mary Tindel for a site that the Tindels purchased from Dr. P. P. Adams in 1851. Through the years the town saw a succession of general stores, a drugstore from which several doctors practiced medicine, a blacksmith shop, a cotton gin and gristmill, and a well and wagonyard where farmers could park their wagons. Some stores sold whiskey, although the Tindels stipulated in a deed to Thomas Hendon on March 22, 1862, that "if he sold any spirituous liquors to the injury of the schools and church" the title to the lots would be void.
Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.
Kathryn Brown | © Texas State Historical Association
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