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Stillwater Farm

Stillwater Farm is the name given to our family land that is contiguous to the section of Fitzgerald farmland.  The farm features a pecan, peach and fig orchard. Approximately 10 acres of irrigated row crop vegetables are also grown—onions, watermelons, tomatoes, peas, squash, okra, peppers, etc.

 

Market Store

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Mission

Providing carefully grown, farm fresh goodness

Values Vision

A farm-to-market operation satisfying a growing customer base with healthy, wholesome, products for personal use and giving to family and friends

  • Wholesome, Friendly Relationships—with partners and customers
  • Carefully Grown Produce
  • Offering Delightful Gifts

 

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History

The earliest inhabitants of the area around Chandler were Delaware, Cherokee and Kickapoo Indians. These Native Americans led by Chief Bowles were defeated at Battle Creek in 1839. The battleground is located north of the Chandler city limits.

The first record of a white family in the Chandler area is that of Alphonso H. Chandler and his wife, the former Mary A. Brooks and their seven children.  They came to the area in 1859 and settled about one mile north of the present day downtown Chandler. They lived on the road leading from Athens to Tyler. He named the place Stillwater.  In 1872, he began the operation of a general store at his farm home in Stillwater

In the year 1880, the Cotton Belt Railroad was being built through the area. Mr. Chandler was very interested in having this railroad go through or near his property and so he made the Texas & St. Louis Railroad a gift of the land if they would establish a depot permanently on the property. The railroad station was born.  The railroad company named the new town Chandler. Land was also donated for schools, churches and a cemetery. The railroad brought new businesses, and the town quickly grew with commerce focused on the railroad tracks that paralleled Main Street.

Mr. Chandler built a two-story brick building across the road from the depot at the corner of Broad and Main Street.  He made his home on the second floor and the first floor was used as retail. The building burned in the 1920s.  Mr. Chandler owned all the lots on the north side of the railroad and he divided it up into town lots.  He named the streets and started selling and building a town.  Along the tracks on the south side of Main Street along the railroad tracks was two cotton gins and three tomato packing sheds.  This was a place of purchasing, packing and produce shipping to the wider world.  Today the Old Main Street Market features old lumber that was harvested from one of the tomato packing sheds that stood on the very property where now the boards again reside.

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