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WINEDALE, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Fayette County, Central Texas S
About 4 Miles NE of Round Top
About 20 Miles N of La Grange
About 21 Miles W of Brenham via Hwy 290
Population:
000041 (2000)

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Winedale, TX - Old Stagecoach Inn in 1910
Old Stagecoach Inn in 1910
Courtesy Fayette Co Hist Comm; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn FCHC member
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History in a Pecan Shell

Charles Windewehen was a storekeeper in Washington County just over the Northern Fayette County line. It was around 1870 and the community that grew up around the store was called Truebsal.

With the introduction of viniculture in the late 1870s, a post office was applied for under the English name of Winedale.

The post office closed in 1881 and although history has forgot the exact date, the community chose to move two miles into Fayette County where Winedale sits today. Evidently the move was complete and Winedale escaped the burden of having a New and Old Winedale.

The new community centered around a stage stop on the Sawyer and Risher stage line that connected Brenham to Austin. The main structure dates from the late 1840s when it was a one room facility. Adding a second story provided better accommodations for travels and it became an inn.

A few buildings (including an old filling station) still mark what is left of the tiny community but for all intents and purposes, Winedale became a ghost town. In the 1960s there was renewed interest in preservation and the inn and land were acquired to create the Winedale Historical Center.

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More history by Carolyn Heinsohn
  • John and William Townsend first settled at Winedale in 1831.
  • William Townsend's home eventually became the home of Samuel K. Lewis. He more than doubled the size of the home to use as an inn for stagecoach travelers and had it decorated by the German artist Rudolph Melchoir.
  • A small community in Washington County named Truebsal, two miles south of the Lewis home, became known as Winedale after the grapes the German immigrants grew there. It had a church, post office and gin. Some time after 1881, the village moved across the county line nearer the inn.
  • Lewis' house was sold to Joseph George Wagner, Sr. in 1882.
  • Joseph Wagner, Jr. operated a combination dry goods and hardware store and beer parlor across the road from the house.
  • Miss Ima Hogg purchased the old Lewis home in 1963. She restored it and moved in other early buildings.
  • The site was given to The University of Texas at Austin in 1967 and is known as the Winedale Historical Center.
  • The Wagner property across the road, including a 35-acre lake was purchased for the complex in 1989.
  • Winedale, TX - Winedale  Public School
    Winedale Public School - Otto Brandt, teacher, served from 1907-1914
    Courtesy Fayette Co Hist Comm; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn FCHC member
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    Winedale School, Winedale, Texas
    "Winedale School - District No. 24"
    2006 Photo courtesy Dave Shaffer

    Subject: Winedale Schoolhouse Picture

    I was out and about several weeks ago, and stumbled across Winedale (the University of Texas has a historical center there), near the bustling metropolis of Round Top. And, after scouring your website in search of West Texas ghost towns, found that there wasn't a picture of the Winedale schoolhouse (attached). I'll be heading west in search of Dixieland (and whatever else I run across)... - Dave Shaffer, Austin, March 12, 2006
    Winedale, TX - Alfred Wagner Gin and Feed Mill

    Alfred Wagner Gin and Feed Mill
    Courtesy Fayette Co Hist Comm; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn FCHC member
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    TX Fayette County 1907 postal map
    Fayette County 1907 postal map
    Winedale (not in the map) is
    4 Miles NE of Round Top
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Winedale, Texas
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