Many travelers pass through the city of Bastrop, especially along Highway 71, seeing only the new business strip and not knowing about some of the other treasures of Bastrop. The old historic Bastrop lies only blocks away from the highway.Many historical homes and buildings unfold scenes of times gone by, along with many other scenic areas of beauty.  Some of these include the River Walk along the … [Read more...]


In 1883, there were six saloons on the square in Bellville. Local legend tells the story that Irish immigrants were brought in to construct the railroad and bridge over Mill Creek.   On Saturday nights a flatcar was used to bring them into town and later they were loaded back on the railcar (in a horizontal position) to take them back to the work camp. Bellville is a city rich in local … [Read more...]


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Downtown Brenham boasts an eclectic mix of retail shopping and tantalizing restaurants. Whether you’re interested in one-of-a-kind antiques, beautiful items for your home, the latest in fashion and custom jewelry, or an array of dining choices, you’ll find it in Downtown Brenham.   There’s also a touch of nostalgia and history. Pick up … [Read more...]


Carmine is on U.S. Highway 290 at the Fayette-Washington county line. Dr. B. J. Thigpen and his family moved to the townsite on Christmas Day, 1885. Thigpen had been promised the position of station agent on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad if he would promote the town. When the post office was established in 1892 the original name, Sylvan, was changed to Carmine in honor of Newton Carmean, the … [Read more...]

Chappell Hill

The town of Chappell Hill was founded in 1847 by Mary Hargrove Haller, granddaughter of Robert Wooding Chappell, for whom she named the town. Mary Haller’s husband, Jacob, was the town’s first postmaster. Mary Haller purchased the town site and it was divided into blocks, with streets and alleys laid off in a regular pattern. The sale of lots began in the fall of 1849.   By the … [Read more...]


Artist Ken Turner is known throughout the world for his unique representations of historical events. Rendered with incredible detail and touching accuracy, his paintings often feature an overlay of the past with the present.   “Cattle baron Robert Stafford built the Stafford Bank and Opera House in Columbus, Texas in the late 1800′s. The well-known architect Nicolas Clayton designed it. … [Read more...]


The Red & White Store—corner of W. Main St. (Hwy 159) and S. Live Oak St.—is a two-story building believed to be the oldest commercial building in the area, built about 1835 by S. S. Munger. It was used as a grocery store, then an opera house, a mortuary, a Masonic Hall, a hat shop and eventually a grocery store again.   In the 1880s it contained the H. Kurtz Furniture Store. In the … [Read more...]


It’s hard to think of Flatonia and not think of the railroad.  The town’s history is steeped in Railroad lore.  In fact the railroad was viewed as such an important factor in the future growth and development of community, city leaders in 1874 moved the town approximately 1 mile from its original site and rebuild along Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio railroad lines.   Click here … [Read more...]


Industry was the first permanent German settlement in Texas and is situated in the heart of nature’s most charming rural landscapes, on rolling hills in western Austin County.  Fredrick Ernest, Industry’s founder settled here in 1831 and gained the title Cradle of German Settlement in Texas.   Click here for Industry Local Area Information   Click here for … [Read more...]

La Grange

The earliest residents (evidence dates them back to 1527) were Tonkawa and Comanche Indians who pursued the great herds of buffalo.  White settlers began moving into the area began as early as the 1820s, fueled by cheap land grants given by Stephen F. Austin.  Indian raids continued until the 1840s.   In 1826, a twin blockhouse called Moore’s Fort was built within what is now the city … [Read more...]

New Ulm

New Ulm had its beginning as Duff’s Settlement in honor of James C. Duff to whom the land was granted in 1841. The old community of New Ulm was about one mile north of the present town of New Ulm.   About the year 1840, the people petitioned the government for a post office. It was then decided to name the community to New Ulm in honor of Ulm, Germany since many of the settlers came … [Read more...]

Round Top

Located beside Cummins Creek near the eastern boundary of Fayette County, Round Top was first known as “Townsend Settlement” after a family of early settlers in the area. It was also referred to as ” Jones Post Office” after Myers F. Jones, the first postmaster. Round Top is entirely situated on one square mile of land taken from a league of land granted to James Winn on March 31, 1831. It is … [Read more...]


Whereas, in the mid-19th century, Czech and German settlers arrived in Central Texas looking for new lives of economic opportunity and religious freedom; these hardworking immigrants developed small communities in Fayette County and constructed churches to comfort their spirits and sustain their faith; and   Whereas, Today four of these churches dot the landscape of Ammannsville, … [Read more...]


Unlike any other small community, Weimar is where ideas begin that set trends for other small cities.Weimar’s picturesque downtown bustles with businesses, shops, great eateries, drug stores with old-fashioned soda fountains, antique shops and a tavern where locals play dominoes and German card games. Click here for Weimer Local Area Information Click here for the Weimer Chamber of … [Read more...]