Hill Water Tower|
The population has declined from 600 people in the 1980s to just over 300 in 1990.
"Why is our zip code on our water tower?" or
"For a town that gets so many things right,
why do people like to spell
our name wrong?"
History in a Pecan Shell
The wife of local trader Jacob Haller is credited with founding Chappel Hill
on 100 acres she bought and donated as a townsite. Her name was Mary Hargrove
Haller and she named the town after her grandfather, Robert Wooding Chappell.
The town became a commercial center for the local cotton plantations and
in 1847 they had a post office granted to them. A Masonic Lodge was chartered
in 1851 and the town incorporated in 1856.
The town was connected to
the Washington County Railroad just before the outbreak of the Civil War.
During the war, Chappell Hill organized The 21st Texas Lancers and had both a
Confederate hospital and Quartermaster's Depot in the town.
As it was
in most of the South after the war, Chappell Hill's economy was a disaster. On
top of economic collapse, there was also an outbreak of Yellow Fever in
1867 that caused more of the population to leave.
appeared in the early 1870s and rescued the town from permanent ruin. More Poles
made the trip after 1884 and by 1889 they had founded their own church - St.
Stanislaus. The population reached the highest point up to that point - over
The years between 1880 and our involvement in World War One
(1917) showed a decline in population, but it had risen again by 1930 to1,000
The 1929 school now serves as a historical museum
(interior photos prohibited).
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- The former school from 1929 |
Right - The Hubert Masonic Lodge
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- An old store in town. |
Right - Chappell Hill water tower
Hill Events / Attractions
your trip to view wildflowers is in March or April, make a special effort to attend
their annual Bluebonnet Festival
presented by the Chappell
Hill Historical Society. There is, as they say, something for everyone and everyone
is in their place. Firemen cook the barbecue, librarians sell books, and "folklife
artisans" will be proving that "Folklife imitates Folkart" or is
it the other way around?
For Information call: 1-800-225-3695 or 979-836-6033.
The Historical Society also hosts the famed Scarecrow Festival every
Other events include the 4th of July Parade, and Christmas
in Chappell Hill in December. For information call the Chappell Hill Chamber
of Commerce at 979-277-1122. http://www.chappellhilltx.com/
With more than 25 homes and buildings listed in the National Register of Historic
Places, Chappell Hill offers many ante-bellum structures, antique stores and
Visit the Chappell Hill Museum, the Library,
the old Rock Store (with folk-art wall hangings), and Chappell Hill
Bank which has operated in its original location since 1907.
Chappell Hill Masonic Cemetery
A mandatory stop while in Chappell
Hill is the Masonic Cemetery in the NW corner of town (follow the signs).
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