History Etched In Stone

Every town has a history, and at this time of year, I thought it fitting to explore a little history in the form of visiting a very old cemetery in Round Rock

The Round Rock Cemetery, also known as the Old Sam Bass Cemetery, was established in the early 1850’s and is the resting place for many old pioneers, bandits, heroes, and of course, children. In fact, the first resident of the Round Rock Cemetery is said to be a young girl around age 11.

 

A quick look around, especially on a cool, cloudy day, ensures you this is a peaceful place. The stillness almost invites to listen to the whispers of the dead as they tell their stories etched in stone. Some are quite readable, while some stones are deeply worn.

            

This is the resting place of  A.W. Grimes, a local lawman killed in a shootout in downtown Round Rock in 1878. It’s also the eternal home of Sam Bass, the outlaw responsible for the death of Grimes, and who also died as a result of that shoot out. You’ll probably recognize both of those names from the roads named after them.

        

Being a very old place, there are signs of disrepair, but there are also efforts to bring things back. And it isn’t unusual to see a new grave among the old. Out of respect, the new grave sites will be left out of this blog.

     

     

Walking through history like this is a humbling, yet peaceful experience. Although as peaceful as it in the light of day, I really would not want to be here at night.

Round Rock Cemetery is located on Sam Bass Road, just west of Chisholm Trail.

 

 

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

There is no better way to kick off the holiday season than at an old fashioned town square tree lighting ceremony.

Georgetown, Texas puts on a great show to usher in the Christmas spirit like nowhere else.

Just as you would expect, there is music, hot cocoa, fun things for the kids. Even the shops stay open late in case you want to start on your shopping early.

 

If you catch it early enough, you could score a great table at Gumbo’s to watch the event from the balcony! (Though those spaces go fast!)

People come from all over to experience this impressive show. And it really is quite breathtaking. You will want to put it on your calendar year after year.

 

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The 2018 Georgetown Lighting of the Square is November 23 starting at 5:30pm. Lights go on when it gets dark, but show up early and enjoy the fun!

 

And if you decide you want to enjoy this event every year, but need a house nearby, call me! I would love to help you find your perfect home for the holidays (and all the other days, too)