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La Grange County Courthouse

I love Fayette County for all the wonderful things it has to offer residents and visitors like the beautiful countryside, it’s historic cities and towns.  One historic city – La Grange – has a crowning jewel in it’s Square – The County Courthouse.

The Courthouse was built and completed towards the end of 1891 for an approximate cost of 99k.  The style is Romanesque Revival with a clock tower with a Seth Thomas clock and old bell,  and a  central courtyard that was later enclosed.

The stonework is amazing and utilizes blue sandstone from Muldoon, white limestone from Belton, and red limestone from Pecos.  The roof is Spanish tile with copper valleys.

Built in a flood plain ( no one is sure why…) the Courthous has survived a major flood back in 1913 and in the corridor you can see a mark identifying the height the flood waters reached.

If you are traveling to or through Fayette County or La Grange, the Courthouse should be on your list of things to do!  If you are looking for a Realtor to help you with Fayette County Real Estate please give me a call, I would love to help you Buy or Sell!

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.

Bastrop has a nice dog park

If you are a dog owner, live in Bastrop, and you want an opportunity to socialize your dog and give him or her an opportunity to get out and run and play in a safe environment – visit the Bastrop Dog Park. Located on Grady Tuck Drive it opened this last year.

Although I have a large fenced yard for my dog my husband and I like to take him to local dog parks. We love taking him in to the Austin dog park on Riverside but with time being an issue yesterday I took our deaf puppy Edsel to the Bastrop park.

It is conveniently located and has a large dog and small dog section. Built around some mature trees there is plenty of shade for dogs and owners with a couple of park benches. The area is all grass with crushed gravel walkways and there are water fountains for humans and canines both. There are “waste” receptacle too.

When we were there we had the park to ourselves for about fifteen minutes and then two cute small dogs and their owners showed up and the dogs could race and play along the divided fence line.

Smithville has a recyle center

Smithville has a recycling center on Hwy 95 just past the bridge over the Colorado River, across from Brookshire’s. Run by the City the center handles news paper and magazines, cardboard and paper feed bags, plastics # 1 and #2, auto batteries, aluminum and steel cans, waste oil.

Clearing wooded land – burn clearing example in Bastrop

A common way to clear land in this area is to burn clear. Basically it involves dozing over all of the brush that is unwanted and putting it in to piles and then burning it. It is important to work closely with the local authorities such as police/fire to confirm if there is a burn ban in place or not, and to let them know that you will be burning. Also nice to let your neighbors know so they don’t think your place is on fire! Here are pictures of some clearing that was done recently in the Alum Creek area of Bastrop at one of the local exotic deer ranches.