| Peter Dance
Platform, Circa 1900
Fayette Co Hist Commission; submitted by Carolyn
Heinsohn, FCHC member
in a Pecan Shell
Dubina dates from
1856 when a group of recently arrived Czech immigrants found shelter
under a group of large oak trees (Dubina is Czech for Oak Grove).
Its first name, however, was Navidad and then Bohemian Navidad
(after the nearby Navidad River).
The settlers planted cotton and harvested only one bale from their
first crop. Just when they were adjusting to life in Fayette County
along came the Civil War and many of the men were drafted.
After the war, Dubina became a toehold for recently arrived Czech
immigrants, much like the nearby town of Hackberry
was for German settlers.
The railroad ran
straight from Weimar to
in 1873 and Dubina was ignored. Population was drawn off, yet by 1900,
the church still served 600 families who lived within the sound of
the Saints Cyril and Methodius' Church bell.
Dubina's first church was built in 1876, but was destroyed by a 1909
hurricane. Rebuilt in 1912, it survived a fire that all but
destroyed the town.
Today, Dubina and the Saints
Cyril and Methodius Church is included on the well-known
"Painted Churches" tour.
courtesy Garry Taylor. March, 2005
Historic Properties of Texas" -
The Old Peter's Family Store in Dubina
TE photo March 2001
by Gordon Hesketh
Following the road ( County Road 480 ) past the church in Dubina,
you will pass the Old Dubina Store and continuing west you will cross
the "Piano Bridge"
It's one of the few remaining iron bridges in Fayette County. more
Although 480 is a dirt road, it will connect with FM 615, which is
paved and will take you to Highway 77.
| Simon Pytlovany
House, S of Dubina
Courtesy John Janacek; submitted by Carolyn
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