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ROUND TOP AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, INC. / P.O. Box 151 Round Top, TX 78954 /A 501 (C) (3) Organization / firstname.lastname@example.org / 979.249.5058
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information courtesy of Facts & Artifacts newsletter Vol. 1 No. 1 Spring 1994
Round Top must have been born from the simple idea of someone's thinking that "this beautiful spot on earth" would be a wonderful place to live and share with others. It was first called Townsend Settlement after the family that lived here, then Jones Post Office Settlement. No one declared . . . "this will be the town of Round Top." The idea just grew.
The Round Top Area Historical Society Inc., began exactly that same way. A group of ladies was cleaning the city hall one day in 1989 when the conversation got around to how great it would be if some of the memorabilia reflecting the history of Round Top could be displayed in the city hall.
That conversation sparked an idea, why not have an historical center for Round Top?
Cynthia A Thornton gave a presentation on her book The Times of Round Top
The settlement of Round Top was Incorporated to be a town in 1870.
When you become a member of the historical society certainly an optimistic thought must have been playing on your mind about helping develop an interesting historical center for Round Top. The directors will never know your thoughts unless you bring them forward. It’s your thoughts and concerns that the directors are interested in because it is your historical center. Let your thoughts be known. If you have an idea…such as:
>Certain kinds of displays to exhibit:
Periods of time; people and families; you may want information on.
>Ways to improve the historical center:
Efficient use of talent, time, money and other resources.
>Fund raising ideas.
>Programs you would like us to present.
Please contact one of the society directors with your idea or write to the society.
1821 With Mexico’s Independence from Spain the area of Texas is given to Mexico by Spain.
1823 Stephen F. Austin received a land grant from the Mexican government and began colonization in the region of the Brazos River. (Round Top is located within this Austin grant)
1826 Stephen Townsend and his family move to the Round Top area. The family established a Presbyterian Church, Florida Chapel, and founded a Masonic lodge. The Townsend family had the distinction of sending more men to the battle of San Jacinto than any other family.
1824-1828 Ten members of the Old 300 Received titles to land grants-a total of 92 land grants were eventually granted by Mexican Government.
1828-1835 The Leagues of Land in Fayette County were granted by year as follows: 1824-7 Leagues, 1827-2 Leagues, 1828-1 League, 1831-58 Leagues, 1832-2 Leagues, 1835-15 Leagues.
1830s The Ledbetter family land was the site of the first Round Top Academy. At this time Round Top was known as the Townsend Settlement.
1833 Santa Anna was installed as President of Mexico.
1834 Stephen F. Austin was incarcerated in a Mexican jail for an act of sedition.
1835 Austin escapes Mexican jail.
1835 John Rice Jones, Jr. settled in the Round Top area in 1831 and in 1835 was made the first postmaster general of Texas by the provisional government.
1830s By the mid-1830s Round Top was identified as the Jones Post Office Settlement.
1836 Texas becomes an independent republic from Mexico.
1837 Fayette County established.
1840s A house was built in the Round Top area, with an octagonal tower, which by 1847 was listed as a United States post office. The odd-shaped tower gave rise to the name Round Top.
1840s to 1860s German settlers and their traditions start to characterize the Round Top area.
1843 Nassau Farm/Plantation established by German Royals. The plantation site is located east of Round Top along FM 1457 at Wolff Road, with Historical Marker.
1845 U.S. President James Polk makes Texas the 28th state of the United States.
1866 Rev. Adam Neuthard organized a Lutheran congregation; the massive old stone church completed in 1867 and is still in use today. (Traugott Wantke carved the pipe organ out of native cedar in 1867)
1870 Round Top was incorporated and was one of the smallest incorporated communities in Texas. It is on the old La Bahía Road between La Grange and Brenham in Fayette County.
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Throughout the times of the land we call Round Top, one thought has constantly prevailed. This is a land of opportunity. The land was formed over the centuries into that land and hills by rivers beyond and by creeks and springs, while waiting for animals and mankind to arrive. Cynthia A. Thornton
"The Times of Round Top" book can be purchased at the Round Top Town Office.
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