Texas was a independent sovereign country from 1836 to 1845. Fayette County was established in 1837. La Grange was incorporated in 1850. Round Top was incorporated in 1870.
“The Sacred Battleground”
Saturday, October 17, 2015
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Jaehne Pavilion (Behind the Round Top post office)
RTAHS Wood Museum Campus Reception from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lecture presentation commences at 11:30 a.m. 397 East Mill Street
A program will be
given by noted
A program titled “The Sacred Battleground” will be given by noted historian John Sarafis. It is the story of Peggy McCormick, a wife, a mother, a land owner and a woman, who stood toe-to-toe with Sam Houston and Santa Ana. She was an Irish immigrant, who settled on a league of land that would one day become the chosen, sacred place for the foundation of Texas Independence. It would be ground zero for the 1836 Battle of San Jacinto. However, Peggy McCormick’s woes did not cease with the conclusion of hostilities between the Mexican army and the Texian rebel forces. Her own battle would actually commence in the days and months to follow the Battle for Texas Independence and would find her at odds with the hero of Texas himself, Sam Houston. Her own words summed up her anger and animosity at this giant of a man: “To the devil with your glorious history!”
The Round Top Area Historical Society and the Fayette County Genealogical Society as co-sponsor will host a lecture and reception at the Jaehne Pavilion.
2015 RTAHS Events
November 8th: Veterans Coffee to honor our local heroes
November 19th: Winedale German Singers.
December 5th: Tour of homes and historical places.
1866 Bethlehem Lutheran Church
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The Bethlehem Lutheran Church was completed in 1867 and still remains in use to this day. Pastor Adam Neuthard (1828 - 1902) was its first pastor for 37 years. He was a master of Hebrew, Greek, Latin, French, and German. During Pastor Neuthard’s tenure he baptized 2,450 children and confirmed 1,450 young people and presided at 1,000 funerals.
The church itself is constructed of rock quarried from the side of a hill on which the building is located. The two-foot thick walls supported by the sloping hillside, were built of heavy flat rocks.
For the first 70 years all sermons in the church and school classes were conducted in German. The amazing Pastor Adam Neuthard is one of the cherished legends of Round Top, Texas.
How much did it cost to build the Round Top, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in 1866?
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For Round Top to maintain the dignity of being an incorporated city, Round Top must pay for a great many public services which could have been turned over to the county government.
The town incorporated in 1870. Round Top Rifle Association formed in 1873. Do-Your-Duty Club was founded in 1935.
These three organizations keep the town the pleasant, self-sufficient place it is.
information courtesy of Margie Wells
"The Times of Round Top" Throughout the times of the land we call Round Top, one thought has constantly prevailed. This is a land of opportunity. The land was formed over the centuries into that land and hills by rivers beyond and by creeks and springs, while waiting for animals and mankind to arrive. Cynthia A. Thornton firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Times of Round Top" book can be purchased at the Round Top Town Office.
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