Amid the old oak and pecan trees, winding country roads and acres of rolling farmland you’ll find World War II relics, houses with rich histories and depictions of daily life from another era in and around the towns of Fayette County, TX.
You’re invited to take a step back in time as we continue where we left off in our May blog on museums. Here’s the lowdown on what La Grange, Round Top, Burton, Carmine, Fayetteville and Serbin, TX (yes, Serbin!) have to offer.
Charming Carmine, basketballs and antiques.
The Carmine Chamber of Commerce Museum at 248 Sylvan St. in the tiny town of Carmine, TXdraws on all the history of the town, dating back to 1883. A unique display portrays items from each era. It’s open on the 2nd and 4th Friday and Saturday of the month from 10:00 – 2:00. When you’re planning on visiting The Texas Basketball Museum in Carmine, give Robert the heads up. It’s by appointment only. The museum features thousands of items, from Texas high schools to national team memorabilia. Call 713.898.7667. Then check out the wonderful JW’s Steakhouseacross the street. We’ve mentioned their great wine list.
And while in Carmine, you might stop and shop at the Carmine Trading Post, one of our newest members of the Fayette County Tourism Association! Choose from a huge selection of antiques, but they are only open Thursday through Sunday, starting at 11:00. There’s more to see and do around town so you could make a weekend of it. You’re always welcome!
Thank you Ima Hogg, cotton, a museum campus and fabulous Fayetteville.
The Texas Cotton Gin Museum in Burton, TX is home to the oldest operating cotton gin in America. They are open several days a week but it’s always a good idea to call before going. The historical Burton Railroad Depot at 507 N. Railroad St. is only open by appointment. Message them from their FB page for more information.
Just down the road from Burton and downtown Round Top is the wonderful Winedale Historical Complex located at 3738 F.M. 2714. Ima Hogg donated the 225-acre campus to the University of Texas and her philanthropy gave birth to numerous programs supporting education and the arts.
The Round Top Area Historical Society houses a “museum campus” that’s open every second Saturday of the month from 12:00 – 3:00. Take your time to enjoy this very special place in one of the most visited towns in Fayette County.
The Fayetteville Area Heritage Museum is located in the historic town square in Fayetteville, about 20 minutes from Round Top. Call or email several days before you go to make sure they’re open. Louis “Buddy” Polansky dedicated his life to salvaging, collecting, and preserving precious items from Fayetteville and the surrounding area. Call 979-877-5290.
Everything Czech, saddles, noodles and quilts.
La Grange is only about 25 minutes from Round Top. The complex at the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center at 250 W. Fairgrounds includes several museums, a historic Czech library, an amphitheater, historically preserved buildings and a look at Czech history dating back to the early 1800’s – open Monday through Friday from 10:00 – 4:00 and on Saturdays from 10:00 – 3:00. On Sundays, simply arrange for a tour! The Polka Lovers Club of Texas Museum, one of our new members and highlighted in our April blog, is also located at 250 W. Fairgrounds. Did you know that the Polka dates back to the early 1800’s?
The Fayette Public Library and Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives in La Grange is presenting a new exhibit of an early 20th-century saddlery shop. Email the director here for more information. You’ll find the La Grange Railroad Museum (The M-K-T Railroad Depot) at the intersection of North Washington and Lafayette. Historic photographs, the original potbelly stove and hands-on exhibits are just a few of the delights. It’s only open on Saturdays.
The Texas Quilt Museum showcases quilts that are true works of art. Two historic, late 19th century buildings house the antique and contemporary quilts that cultivate admirers and collectors from all over the world. The museum is part of the Square in La Grange where a lot goes on, so you’re welcome to eat, drink, shop and stay.
The Wends are an ethnic group descended from a small, Slavic tribe. Their rich culture is honored in a museum complex housing three buildings, two log cabins built around 1860 and a library. The Texas Wendish Heritage Museum on 1011 County Road 212 in Serbin, TX is a pretty, scenic drive from La Grange. And just try to resist the bags of handmade Wendish noodles!
There’s some pretty exceptional history to check out just down the road from you in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. Bring the family and escape the big city crowds and the newness of everything.
Fayette County, TX has lots to show off—whether it’s from long ago or new in town, block out a weekend now to come by soon.
Texas. Have you discovered Fayette County yet?