Fun Things to Do in Sarita

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Kenedy County Courthouse

Sarita is the county seat of Kenedy County.  It is the only settlement of note in the county. Sarita has been ranked the most politically liberal town in Texas.

Sarita was created in 1904 as the headquarters of the Kenedy Ranch, and was named by its founder, John G. Kenedy, after his daughter. The town grew to about 300 residents by 1916, when a major hurricane swept through the area and many settlers moved away (in 1999, the largest Texas hurricane in 20 years, Bret, came ashore near Sarita but did little damage). Although the town was made county seat when Kenedy County was created in 1921, it has not grown appreciably since then.

Today, Sarita is home to a Catholic church, a school, several homes, a post office, and the Lebh Shomea House of Prayer, all centered around the headquarters of the Kenedy Ranch, but no businesses are active other than the ranch.

Fun Things to Do in Sarita

Kenedy County Courthouse…The Kenedy County courthouse was actually built in 1917 and it served as the courthouse for Willacy County. When Kenedy County was created in 1921, Willacy County was reorganized and the county seat was moved to Raymondville. Sarita became the county seat of the newly formed Kenedy County and the county continued to use the 1917 courthouse. The courthouse is made of brick in the Texas Renaissance style.

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Kenedy Ranch Museum of Texas

Kenedy Ranch Museum of South Texas…Inside the beautifully restored building of the Kenedy Pasture Company, visitors learn about Mifflin Kenedy and his family, and how their lives were interwoven with the history of what was the untamed land known as the Wild Horse Desert. Mifflin Kenedy and his friend and business partner, Richard King, first found wealth as steamboat captains on the Rio Grande. After the Civil War, they invested in land, thousands of acres of South Texas land. For the next 100 years, the Kenedy name would be significantly involved in every aspect of the economic development of south Texas – ranching, railroads, land development and oil. Tour the South Texas Museum and hear the story of three generations of Kenedys that played such an important role in South Texas history and whose lasting legacy of philanthropy continues to benefit Texans today.

When enjoying some fun things to do  in Sarita nearby attractions include Kingsville and Raymondville.

 

 

 

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