The History - Washington County, The Birthplace of Texas

As a land scout for Austin’s colony, Amos became the first American settler to cross the Brazos River. With this position in history, he had an infinite number of rural properties and acreage on which to establish his homestead. He selected a rolling ridge of land, high above the river, looking out for miles across the Brazos River Valley.

Amos Gates lived until 1884. At the time of his passing, he was the oldest resident of Washington County. He is buried today in the Graball Cemetery on his ranch.

Now, Amos Gates’ Texas estate is being restored to its natural beauty. The pastures have been nourished and replanted with fertile grasses; the ponds are once again clear and full; more than 1,000 new trees have been planted; the simple, yet elegant, 130-year-old rural property and ranch headquarters house is being lovingly brought back to life. Amos’ 1,500 acres is becoming a select community of family farms and ranches, to be enjoyed by and passed down through many generations.

We believe Amos would approve.

Many farms at Gates Ranch include spring-fed ponds; some have frontage on Doe Run Creek; all have beautiful views of the countryside with many looking out for miles over the Brazos River Valley.