Texas Electric Co-Op Article: The Terrill Antique Museum is staffed by volunteers, and no admission is charged. If you live nearby, it would make an excellent day trip. Perhaps you could plan to come in August and make a weekend of it while attending the De Leon Peach and Melon Festival.
Calvert just celebrated its 150th Anniversary. We were unable to attend the celebration but came back to tour the town anyway. We found a great number of Victorian homes which we greatly enjoyed.
Excerpt from Texas State Historical Assn:
Calvert is on State Highway 6 nine miles north of Hearne in west central Robertson County. In 1850 Robert Calvert, for whom the town was named, established a plantation west of the town site. Calvert and other area farmers urged the Houston and Texas Central Railway to build through the area; the railroad arrived in 1868. A group of investors purchased land at the town site and platted the community in January of that year, and by February merchants from nearby communities such as Sterling and Owensville were moving to the new town.
A post office also opened at the community in 1868. The first trains arrived there in 1869. As a rail center and as county seat, Calvert prospered. In 1873 a severe yellow fever epidemic killed many in the community.
Early in the 1870s, Calvert was notified that it was to become the county seat of Robertson County. June 1, 1875, A. Groesbeck and F.A. Rice, trustees of a parcel of Houston and Texas Central Railroad land transferred the land to Robertson County for use as a courthouse site. The same day, plans and specifications for the courthouse were accepted by the county. The architect was W.T. Ingraham of St. Louis, Missouri.
Shortly before the courthouse was completed. Franklin was named the county seat, and Calvert was left with a useless building. In 1885, however, Robert A. Brown, merchant, investor, and banker, saw other possibilities for the courthouse: December 1, he purchased the building from A. Faulkner and converted it into a handsome house.
Across the street from the old theater are three buildings worth noting.
The Sherwood Forest Faire is a medieval-themed extravaganza located near McDade. It is located 35 miles east of Austin. It will be open on weekends from March-April. There is a medieval village with shops, stages, and food booths. Fun begins before you even get in the gates.
Once inside the gates we saw this strange bird.
The Presidio de San Saba is located one mile west of Menard, Texas on Hwy 190. Founded in 1757, it was operated by the Colonial Spanish Army until it was abandoned in 1772 by order of the Viceroy of New Spain.
There is no admission charge and visitors are welcome to a self guided tour 365 days a year. Phase one of the current restoration was started in 2011 with a grant from the Texas Historical Commission. There are more phases to come as soon as there are funds available. Menard County is the owner of the Presidio de San Saba and maintains the grounds.
Lampasas is the county seat of Lampasas County. It is at the junction of Hwy 183 & Hwy 281. It is 69 miles NW of Austin on Hwy 183. We visited to check out there many murals, sculpture garden and historic buildings.
The following sculptures are in the Hanna Springs Sculpture garden.
Across the street from the sculpture garden is Cooper Springs Nature Park with walking trails.
Apache Lipan dance demonstration. First they explained what was going to be performed.
The first demonstration was for the social dance. They invited people from the audience to join them.
The second demonstration was a warriors dance.
About that time they gave a demonstration of the cannons.