VARNER-HOGG PLANTATION STATE HISTORIC SITE HIRES NEW MANAGER
WEST COLUMBIA, Texas-The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently named Chris Elliott to the position of site manager at Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site in West Columbia, near Angleton. The site is one of 20 around the state operated by the THC.
The 66-acre site near the Brazos River was donated to the state in 1957 by Miss Ima Hogg, daughter of Texas Gov. James S. Hogg, and opened in 1958.
The site tells the story of the plantation's 134-year history, first settled by Austin colonist Martin Varner in 1824. The site was purchased by Gov. James S. Hogg in 1901.
Elliott will serve as the on-site manager, and will work to ensure regional travelers have a meaningful experience when they visit. He will work with partners, residents, and businesses in the community, as well as oversee all operations at the site.
"I look forward to assuming the position of site manager at this unique antebellum mansion, rich in both history and beauty" said Elliott. "My years of site manager experience taught me the value of hard work and dedication, and I anticipate a great working relationship with the folks of this community."
Elliott most recently held the position of site manager at Fort Lancaster State Historic Site in Sheffield, and Fannin Battleground near Goliad. He will continue to oversee Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site near Port Arthur.
Previously, Elliot worked as maintenance supervisor at historic Indian Lodge in West Texas, and as a tour guide at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg. He holds a doctor of education degree from Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla.; a master's degree in military history from American Military University in West Virginia; and bachelor's degrees in both liberal arts and biology. Elliott served as a B-1 bomber crew chief in the United States Air Force.
"We are very pleased to welcome Chris Elliott to the Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site," said THC Historic Sites Division Director Donna Williams. "He brings a broad range of experience to the position, and the facility and staff will benefit from his knowledge in oversight of historic properties."
Varner-Hogg Plantation is approximately 50 miles south of Houston in Brazoria County. The site includes the majestic plantation house, pecan orchards, numerous outbuildings, and sugarcane mill ruins. For more information visit www.visitvhp.com, or call 979.345.4656.