Manvel Texas History:
The first settlers in the area were the W.R. Booth family who settled on Chocolate Bayou in 1857. In 1877 the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway built a line through town on their route between Galveston and Arcola. In 1890 a townsite was established at the railroad stop. It was originally named Pamona, but another Texas town had the same name, so the town was renamed Manvel. The post office was established in 1892. By 1895 the town had a grocery store, a general store, a real estate agent, a physician, two telegraph agents and 350 residents. From 1895 to 1900, snow, a tornado, and the 1900 Galveston hurricane destroyed area orchards and crops. The town’s population remained stable until oil was discovered in 1931, causing the town to become a rich oil producing community. In 1936 rice was introduced as a crop. Manvel reached its highest population in 1988 with a population of 4,441; the 1990 population was 3,733. The 2010 census was 5,179.Manvel is located at the intersection of SH 6 (Morris Avenue) and FM 288, 8 miles northwest of Alvin, 11 miles southwest of Pearland, 42 miles southwest of La Port, 26 north of Angleton, 44 miles north of Freeport, 47.5 miles north of Surfside Beach, 37 miles northwest of Galveston, and 24.5 miles south of downtown Houston, Texas.
Historic Hicks Dairy Farm, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“After the 1915 storm almost destroyed the Texas City dairy business of John Tobias Hicks (1878-1946) and his wife Fannie (Perry) (1877-1955), they bought this home and surrounding 40 acres in the Manvel community. They established a productive milk business that shipped milk by wagon to a Houston creamery, later called the Borden Company. Like other dairy farmers during times of low milk prices, Hicks depended on outside work, leaving his milk business to be managed by his family. Today, dairies are no longer part of Manvel's economy.”
Alvin Community College, Main Campus, Alvin, Manvel & Pearland:
The Nolan Ryan Foundation donated the Nolan Ryan Center to the college in 1996. The center houses the college Continuing Education Department and the Nolan Ryan Exhibit Center. The Exhibit Center features a small theater, an interactive pitch-catch exhibit, photos, and videos of Nolan’s baseball career. (281) 756-3500. The main campus is at 3110 Mustang Road, Alvin, Texas 77511. Additional campuses are at Alvin High School, Glenda Dawson High School (2050 Cullen Boulevard, Pearland 77581, Manvel High School (19601 SH 6, 77578), and Pearland High School (3775 South Main Street, Pearland 77581).
Manvel Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon, Wed & Fri, 10am-6pm; Tue & Thu, 10am-8pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; closed Sundays(281) 489-7596. 20514-B SH 6. Email
Event Venue - American Legion Hall Post 129, Alvin:
(281) 585-6500. ((281) 585-6500. 206 South Durant, Alvin, Texas 77511. Email
Annual Houston Rodeo Texas Independence Association Trail Ride, Brazoria to Houston, Feb:
This108 mile trail ride was established in 1961. The 2015 trail began on Saturday, February 21 with 150 riders and 8 wagons. On Saturday they went on a 15-mile circle ride and took breaks at FM 523 at CR 233, and at Cemetery Road and SH 288. They spent the night at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds at 901 S. Downing Street, Angleton. On Sunday they left the fairgrounds on CR 428i and took a break on the exit road before CR 171. Lunch was at Skrabanek Park at 5th
and Main Streets in Danbury, Texas. They spent the night at the Alvin Rotary Park on CR 172 in Alvin Texas. On Monday they left for the 11.7-mile ride to the Alvin Youth Arena on CR 351, 0.25 miles north of FM 517, in Alvin. They took a break at Old Roadside Park on SH 35 North. Lunch was in the Kroger parking lot on SH 35 North. On Tuesday they traveled 14 miles to the Johnson Space Center, 1601 NASA Road 1 (Clear Lake City) where they spent the night. They took breaks at the corner of FM 528 and Lundy Lane, and in the HEB parking lot on FM 528, and had lunch in the Kroger parking lot on FM 528. On Wednesday they headed out on FM 528 for the 13-mile ride to their overnight camping site at the Moose Lodge, 3919 Pansy Street, Pasadena, Texas. They took a break at Bay Area Park (7500 Bay Area Boulevard, 77058), had lunch at the Pasadena Fire Department on Genoa Red Bluff, and took a break on the shoulder of Fairmont Parkway. On Thursday, they left for the 13-mile ride to their overnight camp at 4320 Old Spanish Trail, Houston. They took a morning break in the parking lot on the corner of Allen-Genoa and Spencer. Lunch was at the Foodarama on Hwy. 3 and Howard. They took a break at the closed Bennigan’s, past the YMCA and across from Enterprise Bank. On Friday they took morning breaks at Cullen and the IH-45 feeder road, and at Break Gray and Taft. Lunch was at the Depelchin Center, 4950 Memorial Drive. They spent the night at Memorial Park (6501 Memorial Drive, 77007). They road 11.3 miles on Friday. Texas Independence Trail Ride Association 2018 Daily Schedule
22 April 2018
Annual Tour de Braz, April or May, Alvin:
Five bike rides offer distances ranging from 10 to 100 miles. Rides begin and end at the Alvin Community College at 3110 Mustang Road. Site registration begins at 6am. Rest stops are located every 8 to 12 miles; SAGS will follow the riders. This event is hosted by the Tour de Braz Bike Club and the Alvin Parks and Recreation Department. Proceeds benefit the Animal League of Alvin, and Friends of Alvin Parks Foundation. (281) 388-4299. (713) 870-5468. Email
10 May 2018
Annual Alvin-Mandel Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, May:
Activities include registration and a breakfast, the Shotgun Start, and the 19th
Hole Lunch, awards and auction. This event is held from 7am-4pm at Golfcrest Country Club, 2509 Country Club Drive, Pearland, Texas 77581. AMCOC: (281) 331-3944.
11 May 2018
Annual Junior Achievement "Who's Who" Golf Classicin Lake Jackson, May:
This is the largest golf tournament in Brazoria County. Activities include the golf tournament, a long drive contest, the “Closest-to-the-Pin” contest, Hole-in one contest on 4 Par 3.s, a skill challenge, golf clinics, lunch, dinner, and raffle prizes and awards. This event is held at the Wilderness Golf Course, 501 SH 332, Lake Jackson, Texas. Contacts
June 2, 2018
Annual Relay for Life, Manvel, June:
This event is held from 11am-11pm at Manvel Junior High School, 7302 McCoy Road, Manvel, Texas. (713) 706-5686. Email
October 12-18, 2018
Annual Brazoria County Fair, Livestock Show & Rodeo in Angleton, October:
Activities include live entertainment, a carnival, a BBQ cook-off, a livestock show and rodeo, auctions, a parade, pageants, contests, a pet parade, tricycle races, a youth horseshow, commercial exhibits, live music, a science fair and more. (979) 849-6416. This event is held at the Brazoria County Fair Grounds. 901 S. Downing Street, Angleton, Texas.
Select Thursdays-Sundays in December
Annual Winter Festival at Froberg's Farm, Alvin, Dec:
Activities include a holiday gifts and gift baskets market, cookie decorating, kids’ crafts, Bee Coaster, Corn Cannon, a fire pit and marshmallow roasting and s’mores, free candy, face painting, glitter tattoos, and a hay ride. (281) 585-3531. From Alvin, take SH 6 towards Manvel. Go left on CR 149. Turn right at the stop sign for CR 190; they farm is on the right.
Dec 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 18-23, 2018
Annual Christmas Train, at Victory Camp in Alvin, TX, Dec:
A mini-train takes visitors through a lighted Christmas display. Trains depart every seven to ten minutes on weekend evenings. Concessions are available. (281) 388-2267. This event is sponsored by Living Stones Church and is held at Victory Camp at 1407 Victory Lane.
2 Dec 2017 with Snow
Annual Home for the Holidays Festival & Parade in Alvin, 1st Saturday in Dec:
Activities include pooch photos with Santa at noon at the Depot, live entertainment, food vendors, a Christmas Market, a cookie decorating contest and a Christmas story, photo frame decorating, Snow Hill, and the World’s Tallest Snowman, story time, ornament making, the Light Parade at 5:30pm, the Christmas tree lighting and photos with Santa, and much more. Events take place at National Oak Park near the Depot at 310 E. Sealy Street. (281) 388-4299. Snow
Varner Creek Winery, Angleton:
The produce elderberry, jalapeno, loquat and other wines, including meads made from honey. They are new and did not have a tasting room in spring 2018. They do wine tastings by appointment. (979) 236-0659. 1014 North Velasco, Angleton, Texas.
Haak Vineyards and Winery:
The tasting room is open Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Hours may vary so call before arriving. (407) 925-1401. The winery is located at 6310 Avenue T, Santa Fe, TX. Santa Fe is located on SH 6, 6 miles northwest of Hitchcock, and 9 miles southeast of Alvin. Santa Fe Area Map
Froberg's Vegetable Farm, 1936:
Kate and Fred Froberg raise strawberries, Satsuma oranges, persimmons, figs, and a large variety of vegetables; all are picked fresh daily. Some are “pick your own.” (281) 585-3531. From Alvin, take SH 6 towards Manvel. Go left on CR 149. Turn right at the stop sign for CR 190; they farm is on the right.
Holiday Acres Choose & Cut Christmas Tree Farm, Manvel, TX:
Field trips are available the first two weeks in December on Thursdays and Fridays. Field trip activities include hayrides, complimentary hot chocolate and mulled cider, farm games, a campfire, living tree decorating, a play area, farm animals, and an education presentation at the picnic pavilion. They open in November on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 9am-5pm; closed Sunday-Wednesday. 8919 Mustang Bayou Road, Manvel, Texas 77578. Email
Manvel Seafood & Grill:
Good seafood and nice staff. (281) 692-1556. 19015 SH 6, Manvel 77511. Reviews
Taco City Food Truck:
Perfect 5-star reviews when I checked April 2018. (832) 606-0142. 2500 SH 35 Loop. Reviews
(281) 824-4094. 106 South 3rd
(281) 968-7692. 617 South Gordon Street. Reviews
Main Street Steakhouse & Bar, Danbury, TX:
They serve delicious food including the steaks and seafood for which they receive great reviews. (979) 308-4308. 1802 Main Street, Danbury, Texas. Danbury is 16 miles southwest of Alvin, Texas. Reviews
Alvin Smoked Meat & Bar:
(281) 968-7395. 1109 West SH 6, Alvin. Reviews
Brisa’s Tex Mex:
Wonderful breakfast tacos. (281) 489-8600. 19303 SH 6. Reviews