Join the festivities on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from Noon to 5 pm for the Historical Society’s annual Holiday Homes Tour! This year boasts an amazing five classic historical homes and The First United Methodist Church. One of the homes has never been on the tour before and two others are rare to it!
The exciting line up includes:
1. The Allen-Fowler House
1404 Wilson Street
The Allen-Fowler House, built around 1852 as a residence and boarding house across the street from what became the Bastrop Military Institute. Governor Sam Houston often dined here when visiting his sons while they were cadets at the Institute. State Senator John Preston Fowler and his wife, Maude, renovated the façade, adding bay windows, porches, and "gingerbread."
2. The Margaret Chambers House
502 Elm Street
The Margaret Chambers House, a classic, two-story Texas Greek Revival home built before 1857, this house was the first residential structure to acquire a Historical Medallion in Bastrop County.
3. The Alf Jung House
508 Pecan Street
The Alf Jung House, owned by members of two families, Jung and Smith, for 115 of its 124 years and first time on the tour! This Folk Victorian was built of red brick by Alf Jung, a brick mason, who along with his father and two brothers built many of the buildings in downtown Bastrop
4. The Howell Home
1407 Wilson Street
The Howell Home, the central element of this house is a three room, one-story dog trot built before 1860 and once designated "The Miley House." It was moved to this lot and a second story and other rooms added in 2004.
5. The Kleinert-Grisenbeck Home
802 Jefferson Street
The Kleinert-Grisenbeck Home, a German Victorian cottage built before 1887. Charles and Mary Kleinert built this charming house and gave it to their daughter three years later. Mary's husband, Otto, served as mayor of Bastrop from 1893 to 1901.
6. The First United Methodist Church
1201 Main Street
The First United Methodist Church, built in 1925, its congregation celebrates its 185th anniversary in 2020. The first services were held in an unfinished store on Main Street with a Bible and a hymnal placed on a barrel which served as a pulpit.
Be sure to stop by the Museum & Visitor Center of the Bastrop County Historical Society from Noon to 5 p.m., December 14, 2019, to enjoy refreshments!
Advanced ticket sales begin October 1, 2019. Purchase your online Early Bird tickets before they go on sale to the general public, starting before November 15, 2019 for $15 per person. Online tickets may be purchased through November 30th HERE, by US mail, or by telephoning the Bastrop Museum & Visitor Center (904 Main Street) at 512-303-0057 or 512-303-0904. Regular price admission is $20 per person. Accompanied children under 12 years of age are admitted free.
On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased at the Museum & Visitor Center or any of the tour sites. Proceeds from the tour fund the operation of the Museum and Visitor Center.
Homes Tour Docents Needed
If you would like to serve as a docent, please contact Betty Dunkerley at 512-750-9215 or Barbara Vana at 512-303-0057. Docents help guests enjoy each site by facilitating the flow of guests from room to room and by answering questions about the home. Home owners will meet with docents several days before the tour, to provide information and discuss specific assignments. The five-hour Homes Tour consists of two shifts, one from noon to 2:30 pm and the other from 2:30 pm to 5 pm.
Docents will receive free tickets to the tour and will also be able to purchase tickets at a reduced rate to the Friday night Rendezvous festivities acknowledging our sponsors and gracious tour hosts. For more information about this year’s homes tour, click here or contact Barbara Vana at 512-303-0057 or via email: