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Town of Egypt, Montgomery County Texas
From Heritage Museum of Montgomery



EGYPT. Egypt was located near the junction of Farm roads 1488 and 2978 about nine miles southwest of Conroe in southwestern Montgomery County.  From the 1840’s it was a farming area.  The community was settled by  George Bell Madeley who had come to the area from England.  He owned a grist mill, vineyard, orchard, wine press, cotton gin, and herds of cattle.  The services for his grist mill were paid for with corn instead of money.  During a considerable time period of drought, the people in the community had no corn due to crop failures. 

The community farmers went to purchased  corn from Madeley.  They   named the area “Egypt”.  The name referred to the Bible story in which Jacob’s family went to Egypt to buy corn from their brother in a time of famine.   (Genesis 41: 56-57).  Madeley gave his community  cornmeal during the time of drought. The area declined through the rest of the twentieth century, and though Egypt was still shown on highway maps by   1990 there was virtually no sign of the community. In 2006,  a byway called Honea-Egypt Road reminded travelers of the former area.

Taken from Dan H. Madeley’s Writings (1981).



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