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.
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Johann Traugott Wandke
Workshop and House
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1863 Wandke House
Corner of Bauer- Rummel Street and White Street
Johann Traugott Wandke (1808-1870) immigrated from Prussia to nearby La Grange with his wife Christiane and two daughters, Karoline and Christiane, in 1855. About 1860 Johann and Christiane came to Round Top to live in the home of their daughter Karoline and her husband Zoellistin Pochmann. The Wandkes built their own native stone home/workshop at this site in 1863.
Johann was a skilled mechanic and cabinetmaker but is best known for the high-quality organs he crafted from native cedar for several churches in the area including Round Top's Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
To hear Wandke Organ click on video above.
For more information on the Wandke family click below.
Traugott Wandke, Texas' first known pipe organ builder, built seven organs before he died in 1870. His largest organ was donated to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top, Texas. Built of native cedar, this remarkable instrument, yet today, serves the congregation with its melodious strains.
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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