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.

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

The annual Fredericksburg Texas Holiday Home Tour and Christmas Store is held in the beginning of December (Often the first weekend). For more information see the Fredericksburg Texas Pioneer Museum website

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

Taylor Texas usually has a Historic Homes Tour around Christmas as well. 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.

La Grange Texas has a Trail of Lights and Tour of the historic 1850’s built Kreische House in December. 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 5th, 2015 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Proceeds from this historic home tour benefit the Round Top Area Historical Society. 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.

Lockhart Texas Holiday Tour of Homes is being held in December in conjunction with the Dickens Christmas celebration. The Beta Sigma Phi is sponsoring the historic home tour and tickets can be bought from the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce. This event is held the first Saturday of December every year.

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.

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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