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Bellville
BelllvilleWelcome to Bellville, a small town situated in the heart of Austin County. With a population of approximately 5,000 this town’s motto is “A Texas Experience.” To download brochures on the history of this unique little town please visit www.bellvillehistoricalsociety.com, they have wonderful old photos with details of each building, so very interesting.

With Houston less than an hour away, Bellville makes a great day trip. You’ll enjoy the drive, restaurants and exploring all the downtown square has to offer. Don’t forget to stop by the Bellville Meat Market for some downright scrumptious sausage. Actually, one of my most favorite home sales was about a mile from town. This 53 acre showplace features a stunning Colonial, “Gone with the Wind,” home complete with guesthouse, pool and gorgeous pond.

Brenham
BrenhamDo you love rolling hills, views for miles and beautiful ponds? How about strolling around a historic downtown filled with great restaurants, specialty shows and plenty of benches for the men folk to relax? Well then head on out, take a load off and enjoy the country life. Brenham is of course home to the very best ice cream, Blue Bell Creameries, where there are tours Monday through Friday, I’ve been on the tour five times, but who’s counting. Brenham offers something for everyone, our Unity Theater is a professional theater located in a restored warehouse and the performances are outstanding. The Brenham Heritage Museum is downtown and includes three restored fire engines, a Civil War and Texas exhibit and contemporary art too. The kids will love the Flying Horses Antique Carousel, it is one of only eight in Texas. Being an antique they have been lovingly maintained and truly gorgeous and are located in Fireman’s Park in a unique 16 sided building, very cool indeed. Come for the weekend and stay in a local bed & breakfast and soak in all that Brenham has to offer. Please visit www.visitbrenhamtexas.com to make your plans to explore this exciting, fun, historic little Texas town.

Chappell Hill
IMG_3173What can I say about this quaint tiny town…how about that I’ve lived here for thirty one years. Who knew I’d live anywhere for such a long time. Being on the Board of Directors for the Chappell Hill Historical Society, I enjoy making sure our history is preserved and well taken care of every day. Park downtown, talk a walk and enjoy our historical little town. The shops have unique local items and love out of town company! Our museum is truly one of the highlights, housing area archives, local art work, wonderful photos and just strolling through the rooms, reading about the history will indeed take you back in time. I believe the pictures of downtown Chappell Hill back in the 1800’s are some of my favorite items.

For many years I’ve been in charge of the Rock Store, one of the buildings owned by the CHHS. It contains something very near and dear to my heart, a large two piece quilt of Chappell Hill hand sewn by a group of special ladies in the 70’s. It is a truly a work of art.

Every 4th of July, Chappell Hill hosts one of the very best parades in Texas. This year was no expection with the biggest tractors I’ve ever seen to a group of longhorns being ridden down Main Street! The Museum hosts fun events after the parade, it’s the Cowboy Williams event with lots of fun for the whole family.

Our big happenings in Chappell Hill are every April when the bluebonnets arrive. We celebrate the second weekend of April with the Bluebonnet Festival. It is a truly fun filled event sure to please the entire family with plenty of arts & crafts, food vendors, entertainment and activities for the children. The second weekend in October is our Scarecrow Festival…come for the fun, food and friendship. Vendors will have their fall decorations ready to sell, everything from painted pumpkins to the cutest kids clothes ever!

Come see me during either one of these festivals and I will make you a chicken salad sandwich at the Rock Store, where we have air conditioning and treats to eat. This year we will also have a Christmas Home Tour featuring some of the local homes all dressed up for Christmas. I will have chili and tamales in the Rock Store. Please visit www.chappellmuseum.org for all the details about Chappell Hill. It is a quick day trip from Houston and/or Austin.

Washington
WashingtonJust down the road a piece from Chappell Hill, is Washington on the Brazos, which is the site where the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico was created and signed. The Star of the Republic is one fascinating museum, I just love it, so full of early Texas history. This 290 acre area includes hiking trails, picnic spots and a heck of good gift shop! The Barrington Living History Farm features the 1850’s home of the last president of the Republic. Be sure to check out their website www.birthplaceoftexas.com for more information.

 

 

Round Top
Round TopWhat can you say about Round Top, it’s one happening small town. Chartered in 1870, Round Top is located on Cummins Creek in northern Fayette County.

Local residents take pride in the care and preservation of their town. Those who have relocated here from places more metropolitan have learned to treasure this pocket of rural tranquility. Today, Round Top is growing, but keeps it’s unique features in tact.

The Antiques Weekend is one of those events everyone must experience once in their life. The first weekend of April and October, this quiet country town turns into a mecca for antique shoppers. Vendors come from all over the world to display and sell their wares. For all the dates and info, please visit www.antiqueweekend.com for all the details.

Round Top is very diverse for a small town featuring plenty of artists, and Festival Hill a performing arts center that is really something to see! For more information about Round Top, please check out www.roundtop.org