The Texas Historical Association has so much to say about the history of Fayette County, Texas and we claim bragging rights to a few historical places to discover. While you’re taking it all in, there are wine bars, steak places, cozy coffee nooks and friendly owners welcoming you along the way.
Picture the perfect day: history, shopping, music and dining
Throughout downtown Flatonia, there are loads of commercial block buildings constructed of locally sourced stone or brick, mostly erected during the late 19th century and early 20th century. They illustrate Flatonia’s primary periods of development and reflect the commercial architecture trends of the area. A lot of these have been converted into stores offering unique shopping finds.
The historical collection, the barn and the Texas Natives Garden in the E. A. Arnim Archives and Museum on E. North Main in town are incomparable to anything else in this county if you’re seeking out a fascinating, realistic view of another time. Judy Pate, the machine behind the museum, helped kick off this blog with her historical expertise. Less than a mile away are the Wine Haus, Robert’s Steakhouse and a wonderful old bar called HenryK’s . Picture this day: View the historical architecture of the period, shop, take in all the museum has to offer and grab a glass of wine, dinner and live music. Yep.
Oldest settlement, must-see’s, a jail and a farmers market
The Nathaniel W Faison House on S. Jefferson in La Grange is one of the oldest in Fayette County, with the original furnishings of the wealthy Faison family, whose members occupied the home for nearly 90 years. Relatively unaltered since its construction in the mid-19th century, it was the home of one of the earliest settlers of the area, Nathaniel W. Faison (1817-1870), a military hero, land baron, and benefactor of the African American community after emancipation.
It’s one of the first few residences in Texas to be solely owned by an African-American freedwoman, Louisiana Brown (1819-?), to whom Faison deeded the home in 1870.
Two lucky newlyweds, William, Jr. and Augusta Hermes, moved into the Hermes House in La Grange in 1892, after receiving it as a wedding gift from William’s father, Dr. William A. Hermes. It’s a must-see Folk Victorian-style residence and the site also includes a gazebo, an outhouse, buggy house, garage, servant quarters, smokehouse, barns and a chicken house.
The Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives has performed intense research into the Historic buildings in downtown La Grange, including the wonderful Fayette County Courthouse right in the middle of the square, the Fayette County Jail and many more. We took the tour at the courthouse and it was the bomb. And on Saturday mornings, a very “country” kind of farmers market (small, but fresh-from-the-ground produce) is open right outside the courthouse. Buy your fresh tomatoes and squash and grab a cuppa and goodies at Big State Coffee Roastery, just around the corner on W Colorado. It’s across the street from the Texas Quilt Museum.
And right now, on the second floor of the La Grange library, there’s an in-depth display on the Yellow Fever epidemic in 1867. The staff is a wealth of information on many of the historical buildings in this county.
Preserving the past, events worth checking out and special thanks goes to…..
The goal of The Schulenburg Historical Museum is to “Preserve the Past for the Future.” They do a great job. The museum is free and open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Private tours can be arranged with prior notification . About eight minutes from Schulenburg is the Simon Pylovany House on Farm Road 1383. The Simon Pytlovany House in Dubina is on Farm Road 1383, about eight minutes from Schulenburg. It’s a unique example of foreign stylistic expressionism and closely follows the pattern of the Ukrainian “izba.” It’s another unique site to explore.
You’ll notice lots of careful restoration of old buildings in Henkel Square in Round Top. And you can shop and eat and go all day without leaving the square. Just down from Round Top on FM 2714 is the fabulous Winedale Historical Center that hosts a number of events throughout the year really worth seeking out. Winedale is the legacy of Houston philanthropist Miss Ima Hogg. It’s a complex of nineteenth-century structures and modern facilities situated on 225 acres.
During holiday season, the majority of the small local towns around here offer holiday home tours. Check out the Chambers of Commerce for La Grange, Fayetteville, Round Top, Schulenburgand Carmine to discover more and you can always keep checking on our website. We talked about the Country Christmas Home Tour in our December blog and there will new updates next month.
Fayette County History TXGenWeb project is devoted exclusively to history and Genealogy. Ann would love to help you. The Fayette County Historic Commission is one of the very best resources for historical information throughout the county. You can email the officers directly from the website, which is rare in these parts. And we have to say, that without Bobbie Nash, Chair of this wonderful organization, and Gesine Koether, this blog wouldn’t have ever launched.
As long as we’re admiring the historical wonders of Fayette County, you must come to the 19th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes and Historical places in Round Top on December 2nd at 11:00 a.m. Christmas in the Country at Zapp Hall takes place in Uptown Warrenton, December 1st – 3rd. The Round Top Christmas parade on Saturday, December 2nd features street dancing and chicken n’ dumplings! Check out our Events calendar for so much more and we’ll be on top of all of it in our December blog so look for it.
In addition to our website, we have all kinds of historical happenings on our Facebook page. Follow us for local goings-on, places to feast and resources for a very special weekend away from the crazy city life.
Fayette County. Once you get here, you’ll get it.