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String Prairie Texas

String Prairie Texas is located on Highway 304 south of Bastrop, north of Harwood, and west of Lockhart.  String Prairie was a settlement even prior to the Civil War.  The rolling land and natural tree cover offered opportunities for farms and ranches, timber, and hunting.

A little history on String Prairie, it wasn’t until the late 1890’s that there was postal service.  String Prairie did get a store about that time and from what I have learned is was located on what is now being referred to as the ” Wilhelm Home Place”.  The hub of social life in String Prairie was the St. Mary’s catholic church and when added the local  Community Center.

Now days Sting Prairie is a great location  “in between” Austin, San Antonio, and Houston.  Many Houstonites have bought larger ranches in the area as recreational/getaway properties that they flock to in the heat of the summer.  There are rural residential properties on a few acres that are nestled here and there but generally you will find farms and ranches that are 10 to 400 acres or greater.  Residents  and local farms and ranches raise cattle, grow hay, raise exotics, have horses, grow organics in the surrounding area.

For shopping the nearest towns are Bastrop and Lockhart. Both of these Texas towns have been growing.  Bastrop has Box stores that offer big city convenience shopping, Lockhart is a bit smaller but has it’s own charm.

Yesterday I was out at the old historic Ott house that sits on the Wilhelm Home Place with one of the many remaining family members who still live in the area with great, great, great aunts, uncles, grand children of the families that first called this area their home.  While I was out there learning more about String Prairie and the local history I took a few pictures featured below of the area.

If you would like to learn more about real estate that is for sale in String Prairie or if you are considering selling your real estate in String Prairie please give me a call , I would love to help you!  Deb 512-743-0516.

Old pictures of the Bastrop area | In the Bastrop Courthouse

I was called for jury duty last week and while there I toured the hallways downstairs to look at all the historical pictures displayed. Some of the photos were truly amazing. Pictures of old homes, old businesses, streets in the county, historic floods helped me to understand what this County has been through and gave me an appreciation of the settlers who first called Bastrop home.

Jury duty at the old Bastrop Courthouse | Saw a bit of history!

I was called in for jury duty last week and got to see a part of the old Bastrop Courthouse I did not know even existed! The jury room is in up in the old portion of the courthouse in the old jail on second floor. We had our big jury table right next to four of the old historic cells!

Jury duty at the old Bastrop Courthouse

Jury duty at the old Bastrop Courthouse

And the back exit out of the jury room took us right in to the old hanging room and out the steps to the area in the parking lot where crowds used to gather to watch the hangings through the second story window.

Jury duty at the old Bastrop Courthouse

Jury duty at the old Bastrop Courthouse

I sure found it interesting!