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 Fincastle | 1,369± acres | Athens, Tx 1.5 hrs from Dallas  $11,950,000 | SOLD

Acquired in 1968, the approximately 1,369 +/- acres idyllic hideaway ranch/retreat has never before been offered for sale. The property has a rich and storied history dating back to 1848. It draws its name from Lord Fincastle, former governor of Virginia, its notoriety from Dallas gangster, Ivy Miller and Las Vegas icon, Benny Binion.

Importantly today, Fincastle represents a unique, one-time opportunity for a new family, multi-family compound or development of a private fishing/ hunting club. In my opinion, Fincastle is an interesting and engaging hideaway property that is a blank canvas. Anchored by three spring-fed lakes of 60 acres, 30 acres, and 20 acres each fully stocked with fish. The property includes a range of habitat, wildlife and adventure throughout a great mix of rolling topography woods and open space. An idyllic hideaway that feels far bigger than its map.

The property is ideally located and easily accessed via paved roads and within 1.5 hours of Dallas, and minutes from Athens, and sits adjacent to Rainbo Fish and Game Club, Greenbrier Farms and other established improved properties and fishing and hunting clubs. 

Fincastle is truly a One of One and an absolute find and one of the best investments in East Texas.


In Henderson County East Texas sits a 1,369± acre tract that goes back to our nation’s founding Indian times, gangster dealings and the occasional violence.

Now for sale for the first time in 50 years, this heavily forested tract contains 3 large fishing lakes, multiple boat docks, 3 modern homes capable of sleeping 30 or more persons and large herds of whitetail deer.

In other words, you can own a piece of history that is slightly over an hour’s drive from Dallas.

This property’s name comes from Lord Fincastle, one of the last British governors of Virginia. Some of his settlers moved to Texas in 1851 and called their nearby community Fincastle. One of its original homes is at the arboretum in Athens.

The previous owner of this tract was Ivy Miller, the right-hand business partner of Benny Binyon of Dallas and Las Vegas notoriety. Ivy built the big house as a place for gambling.

The present owners have concentrated on creating a private retreat and wildlife sanctuary.

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