Vine Grove (Vinegrove) was in western Washington County. This populous settlement was a supply and market center for a prosperous agricultural area. In this vicinity James H. Holt who had been granted 1,280 acres of land by the Republic of Texas in 1838, first settled on a hill just south of the La Bahía Road and adjacent to Mill Creek during the republic. The Vine Grove community grew up nearby. In June 1851 Holt became Vine Grove's first postmaster. By 1860 the community's 280 residents included two merchants, one blacksmith, a carpenter, and a teacher, as well as an English horticulturist, Thomas Darby.
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