San Jancinto Museum of History

I-10 Rest Area Exhibit

Through Summer 2017



T. J. Chambers in Chambers County


Named for Thomas Jefferson Chambers, Chambers County sits less than twenty miles east of Houston and was formed in 1858 from land from the adjacent Liberty and Jefferson counties.  It was formally organized the same year with Wallisville named as its county seat.  Chambers himself was a lawyer and land speculator who came to Texas in the early 1830s and was later tasked with raising troops to fight in the Texas Revolution, though his forces arrived after the Battle of San Jacinto had been won.

Chambers settled on land that is now the town of Anahuac with his wife and two daughters in the home that he named Chambersea, a modified portion of which remains near where was originally located.  As the Chambers County Safety Rest areas along I-10 where these exhibits are located are only ten miles from the land where T. J. Chambers lived and died, it is appropriate that the museum display photos of artifacts and documents related to Chambers and his family that are in the museum’s collections.


The Chambers County Safety Rest Stops are on both the east and westbound sides of I10, near mile 813.  Stop in on your travels to see some local history.