Remembering the Ingram Plantation - Rural Shade, Navarro County, Texas


Remembering the Ingram Plantation

"There have been many articles written about Rural Shade and 'The Old Ingram Plantation.'

In 1907 I lived in Rural Shade. I remember the school and church as my father and mother, Edd and Myra Williamson, taught there. At this time, the community could support a doctor, Dr. Hurff.

In 1911 we moved to the Ingram Plantation. The Ingram home was white, two story with a hall through the center, three bedrooms on either side of the hall and four bedrooms upstairs. The kitchen was a separate building attached to the rear of the house. However, the house was not in livable condition.

Many of the beautiful pink roses and flower shrubs and trees were still in the yard. The cemetery was well kept by relatives of the [former] slaves and people living in that area. All the tomb stones were intact; some small and some large, with beautiful carving. The slaves were buried in this cemetery and many were in the same plot as their master. An iron fence enclosed the cemetery.

Ingram Cemetery in 1933
Ingram Cemetery in 1933

Every weekend was the time for people to come digging for gold.

It took 20 mule teams and 20 black families to operate the cultivating of the plantation. It was a beautiful place.

I lived there from 1911 to 1913 or 1914"


Written by Edith Williamson Benner in a letter to the editor of the Kerens [TX] Tribune, March 3, 1988.

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