Round Top must have been born from the simple idea of someone's thinking that "this beautiful spot on earth" would be a wonderful place to live and share with others. It was first called Townsend Settlement after the family that lived here, then Jones Post Office Settlement. No one declared . . . "this will be the town of Round Top." The idea just grew.
The Round Top Area Historical Society Inc., began exactly that same way. A group of ladies were cleaning the city hall one day in 1989 when the conversation got around to how great it would be if some of the memorabilia reflecting the history of Round Top could be displayed in the City Hall.
That conversation sparked an idea . . . why not have an historical center for Round Top?
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Members Helping to Develop
When you become a member of the historical society certainly an optimistic thought must have been playing on your mind about helping develop an interesting historical center for Round Top. The directors will never know your thoughts unless you bring them forward. It’s your thoughts and concerns that the directors are interested in because it is your historical center. Let your thoughts be known. If you have an idea…such as:
>Certain kinds of displays to exhibit:
Periods of time; people and families; you may want information on.
>Ways to improve the historical center:
Efficient use of talent, time, money and other resources.
>Fund raising ideas.
>Programs you would like us to present.
Please contact one of the society directors with your idea or write to the society.
>>>> Did You Know <<<<
Pastor Neuthard's boarding school. (built 1858 - demolished 1938) Was located next to church.
Dr. Adam Neuthard (1828 - 1902)
Pastor Adam Neuthard in 1858 built a combination home and boarding school in Round Top. He was a master of Hebrew, Greek, Latin, French, and German.
In 1866 he organized a Lutheran congregation in Round Top where he ministered for 37 years. The Bethlehem Lutheran stone church completed in 1867 still remains in use to this day. During Pastor Neuthard's tenure he baptized 2,450 children and confirmed 1,450 young people and presided at 1,000 funerals. 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.