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 1852 Schueddemagen House
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The Conrad Schueddemagen stone home was built in 1852 and is a replica of the Saxony home of Carl Siegismund Bauer who was a stonemason. Its architectural style is decidedly Teutonic. It was built by Carl Bauer, his son-in-law Conrad Schueddemagen and his brother-in-law Ergott Bauer. Carl paid for all the construction material and gave the house as a wedding present to his daughter and her husband Conrad. In the mid 1800s when Cummings Creek would flood and become impassable the home would be used as a stagecoach stop. The house has porches upstairs and downstairs on the front of the house. It also had outside stairs from the ground to the upstairs porch.
It received a Texas historical landmark plaque in 1964. It features brick floors, German wave glass windows, cedar log ceilings and 2- foot thick native limestone walls, plastered inside and out.
The house was built in the town of Round Top before the town was officially laid out. Owners of the house have been: 1852 Conrad Schuddemagen, 1898 J. J. Kuhn, 1913 Ferdinand Kneip, 1943 Otto Sacks, 1944 Gustav Peters, 1961 John S. Neilson, 1979 Jeannette Burger, who presently owns the home.
You may know it as the Round Top Farms Bed and Breakfast.
Lady Byrd Johnson Visited the Schueddemagen House in 1967
Click on the picture of a letter above to read what Lady Byrd thought of the Schueddemagen House.
Examples of phone cranks to call someone: 3 seconds of cranking is a long turn. 1 second of cranking is a short turn.
Willie Krause (2 long turns, 2 short turns) Fred Albers ( 2 short turns, 2 long turns) G. Noak (2 long turns, 1 short turn) Otto Socks (1 short turn, 3 long turns, 1 short turn)
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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