Texas Historic Home Tours

There are many Historic Homes Tours in Texas. I wish all the special Holiday Home Tours in the Central Texas and Austin Texas area were held at different dates and times so I could schedule to see them all! Austin, TX; Dripping Springs, TX; Georgetown TX; Lockhart, TX; Taylor, TX and San Marcos, TX are some of the Central Texas towns that regularly hold special Holiday Historic Home Tours. I recently went on the Georgetown and Taylor Holiday Tours. I also went on the Historic Home Tour that Preservation Austin held in April and the Mid-Century Modern.. I also have attended the Gingerbread Historic Home Tour in Waxahachie TX as well as toured many historic homes in Dallas TX with Preservation Dallas. Galveston Texas holds its Historic Homes Tour every May.

If you are interested in touring Texas Historic Homes, follow these links to locations and organizations that hold historic home tours throughout the year.

Texas Historic Home Tours

Perhaps the most famous historic home in Texas is the Governor’s Mansion. The Greek Revival style mansion was built in 1856 and designed by Abner Cook. Reservations are required at least one week in advance. Visit the Governor’s Mansion website for more tour information.

The Neill-Cochran House is another historic two-story Greek Revival home designed by Abner Cook in Austin, Texas. They’re open for tours in the afternoons. Check out their website for more information.

The 2018 Historic Hyde Park Homes Tour will be held on Sunday, November 11 from 11 am to 5 pm. This annual event draws visitors from all over Central Texas to learn about the history of neighborhood through touring the homes that make Hyde Park unique.
For more info please visit the HPNA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/austinhydepark/

The Reynolds – Seaquist House in Mason, Texas has tours on the first Saturday of every month. Originally built in 1887, this classic Victorian was expanded twice in 1891 and 1919. Check their website for tour schedules.

The Heritage Association of San Marcos Texas is holding its 2018 Heritage Home Tour and associated events May 4th through the 8th 2018 in San Marcos Texas. The 2018 Historic Homes tour includes Greek Revival, Mid Century Modern and Classic Ranch architectural styles. Click the link above for information on other tours and events. My grandfather, Dr. Carl William Raetzsch practiced medicine on the San Marcos Square in the early 1900’s. My father, Carl William Raetzsch Jr. was born in San Marcos.

Galveston Texas has many historic home events each year including an annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour. Galveston Texas has so many historic homes, buildings, neighborhoods and even ships. For more information, go to the Galveston Historical Foundation web site . My grandfather, Dr. Carl William Raetzsch received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Department in Galveston Texas. He attended classes at Old Red, the beautiful 1890 Ashbel Smith Building, still there today. Old Red is now billed as the oldest medical school building west of the Mississippi.

In addition to Historic Home Tours, there are many other Historic Texas buildings one can go tour including churches, courthouses, jails and more. I highly recommend the Painted Churches Tour out of Schulenburg Texas and seeing other Painted Churches of Texas as well. Texas Historic Courthouses are also fun to tour and I know the Waxahachie Texas Courthouse is open for tours. I have also toured Texas Historic Jails such as the one in Lockhart Texas and the Gonzales Texas jail.

 

Texas Holiday Historic Home Tours and Holiday Spirit

The  Preservation Georgetown Holiday Home Tour is typically held in mid-December in Georgetown Texas. For more information contact the Preservation Georgetown.

Take a Christmas Stroll through Historic Downtown Georgetown. This 38th annual, two-day event features a hometown holiday parade, Bethlehem Village, live entertainment, food court, ice skating, and over 100 arts and crafts booths, along a route of the Victorian-era buildings and brick sidewalks that make up Historic Georgetown Square. The fun begins Friday, November 30th from 5 – 9 pm, and continues Saturday, December 1st from 10 am – 8 pm (parade kicks off at 10 am on Saturday).  Free admission.

Bastrop, Texas’s Holiday Homes Tour  takes place on December 8th, from Noon to 5 pm. This year there are six homes on the historic home tour– circa 1850 to a “new old house” fashioned in 1985 to resemble a classic log cabin. Early Bird tickets are available until November 15, 2018 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.

Lockhart Texas Holiday Tour of Homes is being held December 1st, 1 pm – 5 pm, in conjunction with the Dickens Christmas celebration. The Alpha Psi Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority is sponsoring the historic home tour and tickets can be bought from the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce, First Lockhart National Bank, or through any Beta member.

The 61st annual Fredericksburg Texas Holiday Home Tour and Market will be held December 1, 2018. Take a self-guided tour of historic and contemporary homes decorate for the holidays, and then visit the Market for unique gifts and food. Tickets are $30 per person until 11/26; after 11/27,  $35 per person. Market only tickets– $5 at door. Home Tour tickets are available online at the Fredericksburg Texas Pioneer Museum website or at the Pioneer Museum (325 W. Main Street).

Also in Fredericksburg, the Zweite Weihnachten, or Second Christmas, is held at the Gillespie County Historical Society Social Hall (312 W. San Antonio  Fredericksburg, TX). Sponsored by the Fredericksburg German Club, this event features food, drink, and music. The 2018 Zweite Weihnachten will be held December 26, 2018 from 2-5 pm. Free admission. Call (830) 997-6289 for more information.

The LBJ Boyhood Home will be open for lamplight tours Saturdays from November 24 through December 15, with a special evening (December 8th) showcasing Christmas traditions from the 1860s through the 1960s in the Johnson City community from the time of LBJ’s grandparents through his presidency. National park rangers will be providing tours of this historic house from 6 pm to 9 pm. Free admission. Additionally, across the street from the LBJ Boyhood Home, Pedernales Electric Cooperative will light up the live oaks with thousands of tiny white lights and the Blanco County Courthouse, two blocks north on Avenue G, will be the site of Johnson City’s “Lights Spectacular ~ Hill Country Style” (Nov. 23, 2018 through Jan. 6, 2019).

Llano Texas has a Holiday Home Tour. The 2018 date is December 1st, 12 pm – 5 pm. Tickets are $14 each or two for $25. Be sure to get your tickets from any Llano Woman’s Culture Club member (210 E Sandstone St, Llano, TX 78643).

Taylor Texas has Historic Homes Tours December 1st and 2nd. Contact the Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society for more information. You will enjoy the many historic commercial buildings and churches as well like Judy Blundell’s McCrory Timmerman Restoration Project at 201 N. Main Street.

Dickens on the Strand in Galveston, highlights downtown Galveston’s Victorian-era architecture and celebrates Charles Dickens. Put on by Galveston Historical Foundation, events span November 29 – December 3, and include appearances from some descendants of Charles Dickens at a Dickens Champagne Reception at the 1838 Menard House and a Salute to Sunset aboard the tall ship ELISSA. Ticket prices vary by event. Purchase your tickets and RSVP at the Dickens on the Strand website.

Celebrate Christmas Early Texas German-style at the La Grange Texas Trail of Lights and Tour. Take a tour of the the historic 1850’s built Kreische House, December 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20. The Kreische House is located at the Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Site, a state park run by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. at 414 State Loop 92 La Grange Texas 78945. There is an entrance fee to the park. This is one of my favorite state parks because of the nature trails, the old Kreische Brewery ruins, the German pioneer Kreische House, and beautiful Monument Hill where the tomb of many Texas heroes is located. The Kreische House is available to see on Guided Tour from January to November on Sundays. German immigrant Heinrich Kriesche bought 172 acres in 1849. He built the home and also a fantastic spring fed beer brewery made from stone.

Round Top Texas Christmas Tour of Homes is being held December 1, 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tickets are available at the Round Top Area Chamber Office in Henkel Square. Round Top’s first resident, the Stephen Townsend family, settled in the Round Top Texas area in 1826. Later Stephen Townsend bought land on the Cummins Creek where my earliest family started in Texas in the 1830’s.

The Winterfest Historic Homes Tour is held in Gonzales Texas, often on the first weekend of December. I plan to go and stay in a historic Bed and Breakfast while there. Tickets are $20.00 and are available through the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce at 414 Saint Lawrence Street, Gonzales, Texas 78629 or phone for more information at 830-672-6532

 

Mid-Century Modern Homes in Austin Texas

Below is a collection of photos I took on the Mid-Century Modern Home Tour held by Preservation Austin in April of 2014 called Austin 1964. There were some amazing Mid-Century Modern Austin Texas homes on the tour. I really enjoyed it!

 

Call Betty Saenz Historic House Specialist at 512-785-5050 to buy or sell a historic home. Check back here to find out about the latest Texas Historic Home Tours or to come along with me! We’ll have fun and see some EXTRA homes! e-mail Betty Saenz

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