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Fairview Preservation Project

 

The Bastrop County Historical Society is the sponsor of an ongoing project to enhance the beauty and acknowledge the history of the historic Fairview Cemetery. With wide spread community support, the Society constructed a native stone gazebo which is used for personal reflection and public ceremonies. Other improvements in the cemetery include the enhancement of the grave sites of the War Babies (World War II) and the family plot of Robert A. Kerr who was the first African-American legislator from this district. The Society successfully applied for a State of Texas Historical marker for the cemetery.

 

Kerr Community Center 

 

The Bastrop County Historical Society was the lead agency for the fund raising efforts to restore Bastrop's Kerr Community Center. Members of the Society participated with personal cash and in-kind contributions and the organization served as the treasurer for the project. Built in 1914, the Kerr Community Center, known earlier as Kerr Hall, is arguably the most important remaining structure that reflects the early Twentieth Century history of Bastrop's African-American community. The Hall was the center for social, civic and educational gatherings as well as recreational, music and other events and, with its restoration, remains so today. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a Bastrop Historic Landmark. The two-story, frame structure once again is capable of hosting a variety of functions and serves the entire Bastrop Community.

 

Holiday Homes Tour

 

The first tour of Bastrop's old homes was conducted by the Bastrop County Historical Society on April 30, 1961. The "Pilgrimage of Homes" was conducted during the spring and summer months, skipping 1964 and 1966. The annual affair became the Holiday Homes Tour during the 1990s when the tour date was switched to the second weekend in December. Thousands of residents and visitors have enjoyed Bastrop's grand old homes and other structures. Much recognition, credit and appreciation is due the homeowners who graciously open their homes to the public, and to docents and volunteers who extend a warm welcome to each site and to Bastrop.