Nicholstone on the Bayou is a private residence that overlooks Dickinson Bayou.  It was once the country estate of Fred McCraven Nichols, land developer, entrepreneur and Galveston County Tax Assessor/Collector for 21 consecutive terms until his death in 1935.  The 1896 Queen Ann Victorian sat on the east border of the Nicholstone Picnic Grounds & Park, roughly located at the corner of Nichols and Park Avenues.  In the Park there was an exposition hall, a ladies pavilion and an artesian well, & a private railroad spur for excursion cars from Galveston and Houston. Fred Nichols was a dreamer with grand plans for populating Dickinson with people tired of the hubhub of Galveston and Houston. He was responsible for the layout of blocks, streets and avenues east of the G.H.&H. railroad and personally paid for road clearing and grading.


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Revised 2018Apr18