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COZY CORNER, TEXAS

Fayette County, Central Texas S
FM Roads 155 and 3233
5 Miles S of La Grange
About 6 Miles SE of Hostyn
Population: Unknown


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TX - Cozy Corner Road Sign

The sign for Cozy Corner Road with
the Little Bethel Cemetery in the background

Photo Courtesy Carolyn Heinsohn, September 2013
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History in a Pecan Shell
By Carolyn Heinsohn, Fayette County Historical Commission:

Cozy Corner, located at the intersection of FM Roads 155 and 3233 five miles south of La Grange, is one of two Freedmen Colonies in Fayette County, the other being Armstrong Colony.

Established in the early 1870s by descendants of emancipated slaves and sharecroppers from Mullins Prairie, Holman and Ammannsville.

The community first had two designated areas with different names because of the local topography. The lower area south of “Cozy Corner” was called “The Prayer”, a dialectal form of “The Prairie”. The wooded area to the west was called “Post Oak”. The name “Cozy Corner” was derived from the name of a local café built by Floyd Homer in 1947 and eventually replaced the previous names.

Methodist Episcopal Church South and adjacent cemetery were established here on 15 acres of land by Anglos for area owners of rural property in 1855.

Big Bethlehem AME Church founded in 1874 on 14 acres of this land minus one acre for the old white cemetery. AME cemetery on three sides of church.

Little Bethel Church was established on Loehr Rd; its cemetery is at the “Y” of FM 3233 and George Rd.
Cozy Corner TX - Lane Pool Schoolhouse
The old Lane Pool School. It is now a residence.
Photo Courtesy Carolyn Heinsohn, September 2013
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Lane Pool School established circa 1890; combined with Mullins Prairie Colored School (Brown School) and another black school on Munke Rd in the late 1940s. Building then moved next to Little Bethel Cemetery and renamed Hostyn Colored School; closed in the mid-1960s.

Businesses included the Cozy Corner Café/Beer Joint, that later became the Mahogany Club; Arthur Dobbins Place in two locations; Zachary’s Place and now Country Inn, owned by Earline Johnson.

- Carolyn Heinsohn, FCHC

Cozy Corner TX Tombstone
Tombstone in the Big Bethlehem AME Cemetery.
Photo Courtesy Carolyn Heinsohn, September 2013
Cozy Corner TX Tombstone
Tombstone in the Big Bethlehem AME Cemetery.
Photo Courtesy Carolyn Heinsohn, September 2013
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