Join the festivities on Saturday, December 10, 2022, from Noon to 5 pm for the Historical Society’s annual Holiday Homes Tour!
This year boasts an amazing six classic historical homes and the Bastrop Christian Church.
$20 tickets are on sale at the Museum & Visitor Center at 904 Main Street.
The exciting lineup includes:
1. The Wilbarger House
1403 Main Street
The Wilbarger House, built in 1851, a tour favorite, and once owned by prominent lumberman James Wilbarger who was the grandson of Josiah Wilbarger, the famous scalping victim who lived to tell the tale. This home was also once home to a Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court.
2. The Dimon-Erhard House
1402 Main Street
The Dimon-Erhard House, this 1851 folk house was built by merchant Moses O. Dimon whose store burned in the 1862 fire that destroyed all buildings in the 900 block of Main. The home sold in 1865 to Cayton Erhard, a survivor of the ill-fated Texan Santa Fe Expedition and owner of Erhard Drug, later known as the oldest drug store in Texas.
3. The Woehl Home
709 Hill Street
The Woehl Home, built in the 1890’s by a widow and her sons who were carpenters and builders of many structures in Bastrop, this Victorian Folk cottage just missed last year’s tour. The house is now home to a USA Today best-selling author and the co-author of the ‘Seasoned Southern Sleuths Mystery Series.
4. The William Kesselus House
1002 Walnut Street
The William Kesselus House, a Victorian cottage built in 1891 as an “add-on” to a few existing rooms that were constructed before 1860. This was the home of a German tailor immigrant who added “us” onto his surname for “United States.”
5. The Mays House
1008 Walnut Street
The Mays House, thought to have originally been built as a ‘dog-trot,’ this circa 1850 home was built by the town of Bastrop’s first surveyor and Battle of San Jacinto veteran, Thomas Mays. This is your chance to see its 2021 renovation details!
6. The Hall-Sayers-Perkins House
1307 Church Street
The Hall-Sayers-Perkins House, first constructed as a dogtrot in 1852 by an owner of a stagecoach line, the home was purchased in 1870 by the father of Governor Joseph L. Sayers. Its second story was added in 1910 by a prosperous local dentist. The garden is considered an historic landscape, with locals enjoying it for over fifty years.
7. Bastrop Christian Church
1104 Church Street
Bastrop Christian Church, an 1895 iconic “New England Victorian” architectural jewel, the sanctuary served as the setting for inspirational scenes in the Christmas movie, Angels Sing, starring Harry Connick, Jr. and Willie Nelson. Parishioners are seeking funding support for its $600,000 restoration project.
Be sure to stop by the Museum & Visitor Center of the Bastrop County Historical Society from Noon to 5 p.m., December 10, 2022, to enjoy refreshments!
Online ticket sales are now closed.
Tickets can be purchased at the Bastrop Museum & Visitor Center (904 Main Street) M-Sat. 10-5p or at any tour site on the day of the event.
Regular price admission is $20 per person. Accompanied children under 12 years of age are admitted free.
Proceeds from the tour fund the operation of the Museum throughout the year.