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PEYTON COLONY, TEXAS
AKA Peyton, Texas / Payton, Texas

Texas Ghost Towns
Blanco County, Texas Hill Country

Just West of the intersection of FM 165 and FM 2325
9 Miles E of Blanco
23 SE of Johnson City
36 Miles E of Fredericksburg
40 Miles SW of Austin
Population: 00030 (2000)

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Blanco County, Peyton Colony Tx - Mount Horeb Baptist Church
Peyton Colony - Mount Horeb Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009

History in a Pecan Shell

Once known as Peyton Colony and Boardhouse (after the first structure built), it was also referred to by white settlers as Freedman's Colony. Settled just after the Civil War, the community’s namesake is Peyton Roberts, an emancipated slave from Lockhart, Texas. Roberts was joined by other freedmen and in the early 1870s and land for a church was donated by the family of Jim Upshear who arrived by wagon train from Virginia.

The community had its own post office (briefly) from 1898 through 1909 and again from 1918 until the Great Depression.

Today, descendants of the original settlers still live in the vicinity and the population estimate for 2000 was 30. The Mount Horeb Baptist Church is the community’s social center.

See Historical Markers
See 1907 Blanco County Postal Map

Photographer's Note:
Peyton Colony is located about 7 miles ENE of Blanco in Blanco County, just off FM 165. Only after my last visit there did I see that the Peyton Colony Cemetery is nearby, on private property. - Barclay Gibson, June 27, 2010
Blanco County, Texas - Peyton Colony  School
Peyton Colony Schoolhouse
1877-1963

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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Blanco County, Texas - Peyton Colony  School  interior
Peyton Colony School Interior
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
Blanco County, Texas - Peyton Colony  School 1877-1963
Peyton Colony School 1877-1963
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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Blanco County, Peyton Colony Tx - Mount Horeb Baptist Church
Another view of the Mount Horeb Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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Historical Marker - on CR 409, one mile N of FM165

Mount Horeb Baptist Church

Born a slave in Virginia, Peyton Roberts became a freedman in Caldwell County, Texas, at the close of the Civil War. He soon moved west to this area and the settlement that developed around his farm became known as Peyton Colony. In 1874, under the direction of the Rev. Jack Burch, residents of the community established the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church. Early worship services were held in a log building also used as a school. Since the reconstruction era, Mt. Horeb has served as a focal point for the community and for a widespread rural area.
(1988)

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Historical Marker - roadside park, west side of 165 (8 miles NE of Blanco)

Peyton Colony Lime Kiln

Peyton Colony was a freedmen's community established in the 1860s under the leadership of former slave Peyton Roberts. In addition to homes, the community included a local school and Mt. Horeb Baptist Church. This lime kiln was built by Peyton Roberts and his neighbors to provide high quality materials with which to make mortar for buildings in Blanco County, some of which remain today. The kiln was restored in the 1960s in conjunction with the construction of a roadside park at the site. It stands as a reminder of the efforts of ex-slaves to begin new lives.
(1988)
Incising: Restored by Blanco Lions Club

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Blanco County, Peyton Colony Tx
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
Blanco County Texas 1907 Postal map
Blanco County 1907 postal map showing Peyton Colony as Payton
(Under "N-C" in "B-L-A-N-C-O" near Hays County line)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Peyton Colony, Texas
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