weekday in Fayetteville is like a Sunday anywhere else.|
"There's no wrong side of the tracks in Fayetteville"©
Slogan: "Great Weekend Get-Away"
A short five miles from busy Highway 71 on FM 955, you'll pass green fields, contended
sheep, and few cars. Take a deep breath and cross the tracks; you're entering
The Fayette Zone (population 261).
Fayetteville's square is complete
on four sides with no gaps - which is something of a rarity in Texas. Several
buildings, although now serving different purposes, still retain the original
storefronts, in some cases even the previous signage.
At least four
of the current buildings were previously saloons. The JP's office is conveniently
next to the Beer Hall (and Confectionery).
Included on the square are
durable benches with plenty of vacant seats and a bandstand that is kept freshly
painted and in good repair. The former Humble Gas Station (c. 1926) has recently
been reopened, selling antique automobile parts.
There used to be a
windmill on the Fayetteville square as well as a well. A fire in 1893 took out
four downtown buildings and until recently, the firehouse occupied a prominent
place on the corner of the square.
Second Floor once held two cells for prisoners.
Fayetteville, like Round Top has
a white wooden precinct courthouse on its square. Precinct courthouses weren't
required by law, but the citizenry felt they would be nice to have in case of
rainy elections. This one dates from 1860, the same date as the LaGrange
Masonic Building. The Fayette County community of Winchester
also once had a precinct courthouse. ... more
is said to be "the smallest municipality in America that has a chiming clock."
Photo ©Hester + Hardaway
recently restored Red and White. Attached to it is the ghost of the Dawn Theater.|
TE photo, 2001
Red & White and The Dawn Theater|
My uncle, Joe Mynar, owned and operated
The Dawn Theater for many years and I went to many movies there throughout the
Fifties and I into the early Sixties. Another uncle, Rudy Mynar, owned and operated
The Red and White Store (attached to the Dawn) for many years - my cousins and
I spent a lot of time there also. My cousin, Tom Rohde, operated the popcorn machine
for years at the theater. My dad, John Mynar, ran the Mynar Cafe in town.
- Jo Ann Mynar, December 01, 2003
drug store sign|
TE photo, 2001
Photo © Hester + Hardaway
West Side Market and Lake Fayette |
Visiting fishermen can
get ice, gas and supplies (beer) at the West Side Market including the hard to
find imported-from-Nebraska "Water Dogs." These are a mysterious sort of salamander
that attract fish like a magnet attracts steel filings.
spend the weekend at Fayette Power Plant Lake, The heated waters of Lake Fayette
provide year-round fishing and record catches.
Water Tower |
this sign you will find postage"
Photo ©Hester + Hardaway
Fayetteville Water Tower is a classic small town tower dating from the late
20s. People who know about such things say the maintenance and upkeep of this
tower make it one of (if not the) best example of its type in Texas.|
The lack of a high school mascot in screaming colors or spray painted names
gives it a Class "A" Rating from the Water Tower Appreciation Society.
Fayette Area Heritage Museum
- On the Square.|
There's not an uninteresting item in the place - from the
prehistoric (a saber-toothed tiger skull) to the recent (an autographed 8x10 of
whose great-grandfather was a prominent Fayettevillian).
also serves as the Chamber of Commerce.
Fayetteville celebrates "Lick
Skillet Days" every year the third weekend in October to commemorate
the time when it was known by that name. Latecomers to picnics and celebrations
where told to "lick the skillet" after the food had all been eaten. You have to
admit it's better than "Get-here-earlier-next-year-Days."
even as a tourist attraction with antique stores, cafes and bed & breakfasts,
Fayetteville retains its hometown charm. It's increasingly hard to find the 19th
century combination of church bells, mockingbirds, the chiming of the courthouse
clock, train horns and coyotes.
There is no "wrong side of the tracks"
in Fayetteville. The railroad curves around Fayetteville with four crossings.
Regular engineers politely "feather" their horns at night, but when a substitute
engineer fills in - the whole town knows it. At one time four passenger trains
a day went through Fayetteville, including World
War II Prisoner-of-War trains.
Chamber Of Commerce -979-378- 4021.
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TE photo, 2001
Sunday School Class picnic|
Courtesy Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives
in a Pecan Shell |
settlers congregated around what was to become Fayetteville for security from
Indian attacks. Andrew Crier, a son of John Crier, one of the three
initial settlers was murdered by Indians. John Crier, was one of Austin's
"Old Three Hundred" and although he never had a landmark named after him,
the other two founding settlers did. Judge James Cummins gave his name
to Cummins Creek and Captain James Ross had Ross Prairie
named after him.
The town was first referred to as Fayetteville in 1837,
it was also known as a precinct voting place named Alexander after the
man who owned the polling place. One P. J. Shaver bought up all the available
land centered around his hotel (the first in town) which was also the stage stop
on the Bastrop-San Felipe stage route. He platted the town and gave the streets
the names they keep today. It almost became Shaverville, but Shaver himself requested
that it be named after his birthplace of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
A Masonic Lodge was formed in 1859 and the town furnished over 50 men to the Southern
Cause during the Civil War. The town was incorporated in 1882 and the Missouri,
Kansas and Texas Railroad came through in 1887, the rails set in place by contracted
The English surnames gave way to Moravian and German ones
after waves of immigrants entered the area.
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bluebonnet field near Fayetteville. TE photo |
I was born in Fayetteville, and spent my first 14 years there before my family
moved to La Grange. The pictures of some of the buildings, particularly the old
KJT building bring back many memories of wedding dances and church feasts
that I attended as a child. I go back occasionally to reminisce about my childhood
and visit the cemetery where my
father and my grandparents are buried. Thanks for the memories. - Doris (Liska)
Eldridge, August 09, 2003 |
very nice site to visit when you want to remember a great time (better a lot of
great times) in Fayetteville, as an exchange student from Germany. - Felix
Bach, Irxleben, Germany, July, 26, 2003
Thanks from Japan!
Just wanted to thank you for a great site.
I grew up in Fayetteville and went to school there (K-12, Class of '90).
I've been living in Okinawa, Japan for the past eleven years. Five as a Marine,
the last six as a contractor still working for the military.
I was able
to download some pictures that brought back lots of memories, from Jr. almost
decapitating himself when we were TP'ing the square at Halloween (if you saw it
it was funny), to Lutz burnin' rubber around town. I now have a screensaver to
give me a taste of home. - Sean Dominey
really enjoyed this site. I am a decendent of James P. Shaver. His daughter
Emma Lou married Carroll M. Breeding, and his daughter Mary A. Breeding married
my Grandfather Clarence L. Collins. The Breeding home place is right outside of
Fayetteville. We had a reunion there a few years ago. I really enjoyed seeing
pictures from Fayetteville; it's like being back there. l'lI look forward to seeing
new things on your site. - Sandra Prochnow
Note: James Shaver was Fayetteville's
Fayetteville! It's very beautiful there.
One time years ago, on a wandering-the-back-roads
day trip, my pals and I had lunch on the square. We stopped in at that red brick
hotel on the corner, to see what it was like. Nobody was home, though we walked
right in, up and down the stairs, in and out of rooms...nobody at all. I kind
of liked that. - Carol Pirie, Assistant Director, Texas Film Commission
I mention the biggest bass I've ever personally caught, was in Fayette County?
..... - Kramer Wetzel, May 21, 2002
learned more than I ever wanted to know about our fair city. How do you do it?
It's beautiful, edifying, sarcastic, ironic, delightful, thoughtful, irreverent,
and BRAVE!! And I love the view from your backyard. - Paul Hester, Fayetteville
"You must remember
|Vignettes and Tidbits:|
rooster “found” in the village of Fayetteville in the summer of 2010 has been
named “Sweet Pea” in remembrance of Billie
Freeman’s little lost hen. The rooster appeared one day – said to have jumped
from a moving truck. He currently forages for insects in one of three yards –
running briskly across the street when it becomes necessary to cross. - Editor
Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing
Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic
photos of their town, please contact
County: Past and Present, Edited by Mrs. Marjorie L. Williams, 1976
County - Her History and Her People, Frank Lotto, 1902
An Early History of
Fayette County by Leonie Rummel Weyland and Houston Wade, 1936
Interview with Martha Tauch, Flatonia, Texas, November, 1999
We thank Hester & Hardaway for their exceptional
photographs of Fayetteville.
The staff of TE would like to say hello to their Fayetteville neighbors.
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