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Fayetteville Natural Resources - Fayette County Lake was constructed by the LCRA and the City of Austin a 2,400-acre cooling pond for the Fayette Power Project. Water that is discharged into the lake creates a warm-water lake that can be fished year-around. There are two parks on the lake for access to the lake both by boat or just for camping or other recreational activities. Park Prairie and Oak Thicket parks are located on the North end of Lake Fayette and have undergone extensive renovations with the assistance of a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and have outstanding amenities. To get to Fayette County Lake from I-10 take the Columbus exit at Hwy 71 and go north approximately 13 miles to the community of Ellinger. Pass through Ellinger and go 1.4 miles to County Road 955 turn right. Go 5 miles to Fayetteville, Texas. Turn left on Hwy 159. Go 4 miles and on the right side of the road you will see a sign that says Lake Fayette about 200 feet after this sign turn left into the Oak Thicket Park. The boat ramp and parking lot are about 300 feet inside the park.

LCRA
4819 Hwy 159 & 2550 Park Prairie Road
Fayetteville, TX 78940

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Fayette County Reservoir is located on Cedar Creek in the Colorado River basin, east of La Grange, Texas. The reservoir was created in 1978 when a dam was built on the creek to providing a cooling pond for the Fayette Power Project. The dam, lake, and power plant are managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Fayette County Reservoir has been stocked with species of fish including catfish, large-mouth bass, and sunfish. Boating and fishing are both popular recreations on the lake along with swimming and some water sports. Located four miles west of Fayetteville on Hwy 159, Fayette Lake boasts fabulous bass fishing. The Lake is accessed by two parks: Park Prairie and Oak Thicket Park both at the lake's north end. * Park Prairie: paved parking, restrooms, boat ramp, camping sites, fishing pier, boat docks, swimming area and picnic sites. Fee. Reservations: 979/249-3344. * Oak Thicket Park: paved camping sites with RV hookups and water, restrooms, boat ramp, fishing pier, nature trails and a pavilion. Fees. Reservations: 979/249-3504. Website: http://www.lcra.org/parks/developed_parks/oak_thicket.html

Texas Parks and Wildlife
4819 W. State Highway 159
Fayetteville, TX 78940
(979) 249-3344  

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Fayetteville Brethren Church Cemetery - Originally known as the Czech-Moravian Brethren Evangelical Cemetery at Ross Prairie. In 1874, Thomas and Katerina Jecmenek donated land on which to build a church, a parish house, a school and land for the cemetery. The earliest dated stone is that of Katerina Roznovak Jecmenek (1850-1875). Significant to church members is the grave of Rev. Jindrich Juren who served the congregation as pastor and schoolmaster for some 45 years. Veterans of our nation's wars who are honored here include one confederate soldier, Jan Hruska (1831-1894). To find a grave go to http://www.findagrave.com.

Fayetteville Brethren Church
1022 Kramr Rd
Fayetteville, TX 78940
979-378-2239  

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The Good Old Summertime Class Bike Ride takes place on the first Sunday in June. Sponsored by the Fayetteville Cycling Club, 100% of the net proceeds are donated to the Fayetteville school to support student enrichment. The event is a fully supported ride with distances ranging from 25 to 65 miles followed by a BBQ lunch.

Starts in Historic Fayetteville Town Square
Fayetteville, TX 78940

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Old steel truss bridges are found on Willow Springs Road (1/2 mile off FM 159, east of Fayetteville), and off Haw Creek Road, 3 miles east from FM 1291. (Photo by Julie Bowers)

Fayetteville, TX 78940

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Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites - Activities: The activities at this park include picnicking, nature study, and historical study. Arrangements can be made with the park staff to have weddings, family reunions, or other group functions that may use the picnic area and/or the historical facilities. Group tours by staff and volunteer docents are available with advanced scheduling, and regularly scheduled tours of the brewery are available on the weekends.

414 State Loop 92
La Grange, TX 78945
(979) 968-5658  

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OAK THICKET PARK & CAMPSITE- Catch a trophy bass, take a swim or just relax in a furnished cabin at Oak Thicket Park. The park on 2,000-acre Fayette Lake also has RV and tent campsites, screened shelters, a large pavilion, picnic facilities, hiking trails, a sandy beach, a playground, an interpretive nature exhibit and a boat ramp. Hike or bike along the lake on a three-mile multi-use trail connecting Park Prairie and Oak Thicket Park. Restrooms and showers available for park guests. Features * Campsites - All campsites accommodate both RV and tent campers and include both water and electric (30/50 amp) hookups. o General camping: 20 campsites, water and electric (Four of these sites have 50 amp electric hookups for larger RV's.) * Screened Shelters - 6 Shelters are available and will sleep up to four in two hard beds. Each shelter has electricity, a ceiling fan, outside electric outlet and water spigot, a picnic table grill and campfire ring. * Efficiency Cabins - 4 Efficiencies sleeping up to four people, cabins have heat and A/C, bed and bath linens, satellite TV, coffee maker, small refrigerator, microwave and bathrooms. There are picnic tables, grills and campfire rings outside. * Two-Bedroom Cabins - 2 Two-bedroom cabins sleeping up to six people, these cabins have heat and A/C, bed and bath linens, and satellite TV and bathrooms. They include their own kitchenettes for cooking indoors and each are stocked with coffee maker, small refrigerator and microwave. There are picnic tables, grills and campfire rings located outside. * Bunkhouse Cabins - 2 Bunkhouse cabins are available, sleeping up to fourteen people each. These cabins have heat and A/C, bed and bath linens, satellite TV and bathrooms. coffee maker, small refrigerator, microwave and bathrooms. They include their own kitchenettes for cooking indoors and each are stocked with coffee maker, small refrigerator and microwave. There are picnic tables, grills and campfire rings located outside. Reservations Make reservations online at www.lcra.org/reserve for a $6 transaction fee per site, or call toll-free 855-392-7638 for a $7.50 transaction fee per site. Reservations must be made more than 48 hours in advance of arrival. Facilities get booked quickly during spring and fall, and over holidays, so make reservations early to guarantee a site. To check availability within 48 hours of your arrival, call the park directly.

Lower Colorado River Authority
4819 W. State Highway 159
Fayetteville, TX 78940
855-392-7638  

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The Old Fire Station on the Square is now used to host vendors, fund raisers, and other events that take place on the Square. The painting of the Old Fire Station is by local artist and architect, Clovis Heimsath.

109 W Main St
Fayetteville, TX 78940

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Painted Churches of Fayette County - If you've lived in Texas for any length of time you've heard of the Painted Churches of Fayette County. They have appeared in magazines, on television programs, and in newspaper features around the state and beyond. The term "Painted" comes from the elaborate faux-finished interiors - painted by itinerant artists who advertised in church bulletins and newspapers. Several were resident artists in San Antonio. Gold-leafed, stone and polished marble columns and ceilings are (upon closer examination) actually finely-fitted woodwork. The paint - mixed on site - is still vibrant and bright - even after all these years. Map and Directions The Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce has detailed directions for the painted churches. Brochures are available outside the chamber office for weekend visitors. 618 N. Main, Schulenburg, Texas. 979-743-4514

Greater Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce
618 N. Main Street
Schulenburg, TX info@
(866) 504-5294  

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PARK PRAIRIE - A boat ramp, 12 campsites, and picnic facilities make Park Prairie a comfortable base for recreation at Lake Fayette, a 2,000-acre cooling lake for the Fayette Power Project. Hike or bike along the lake on a three-mile multi-use trail connecting Park Prairie and Oak Thicket Park. Ground fires are prohibited. Restrooms are available for park visitors; there are no shower facilities. Features * 12 unimproved campsites - no water or electricity * Group Area/Screened Shelter - This group camping area will accommodate up to 24 people and is ideal for reunions and meetings. It includes a screened shelter (sleeps four) with electricity, three campsites, picnic tables, and a grill. Reservations Make reservations online at www.lcra.org/reserve for a $6 transaction fee per site, or call toll-free 855-392-7638 for a $7.50 transaction fee per site. Reservations must be made more than 48 hours in advance of arrival. Facilities get booked quickly during spring and fall, and over holidays, so make reservations early to guarantee a site. To check availability within 48 hours of your arrival, call the park directly.

Lower Colorado River Authority
1250 Park Prairie Rd
Fayetteville, TX 78940
855-392-7638  

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Precinct 2 Courthouse on Historic Town Square - Built in 1880-the old jail still exists on the second floor complete with leg irons!-the first court was held on February 17, 1881. A calaboose was added in 1887 and the bandstand gazebo built in 1932. The town clock tower was erected and the four-faced Seth Thomas Clock installed in 1934 for the Texas Centennial and still strikes on the hour and the half-hour, making Fayetteville the smallest town with a striking four-faced town clock. On the Square's southeast corner, the Picnic Oak tree is over 100 years old.

112 N Washington St
Fayetteville, TX 78940

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Square Live Oak and the Tree in the Street Sorority - The Tree-in-the-Street Sorority and "Old Ironsides" - Fayetteville is a member in good standing of the Tree-in-the-Street Sorority - a group of small towns that spreads from Columbus south to Goliad and west to Bigfoot and Uvalde. As a matter of fact, this lone tree is Fayetteville's membership card. Without it, membership would be withdrawn. In the aforementioned towns and others, settlers recognized the majesty of the Live Oak. They also noticed its stubborn resistance to ax blades and wedges and moved on to cut trees that weren't so tough. The dense fiber and springy heartwood of the species made history when Florida Live Oak timber was used in the construction of the U.S.S. Constitution. British cannonballs in the War of 1812 literally bounced off the sides of the ship - earning it the name of "Old Ironsides." During the fundraising compaign for money to care for the old tree, Mason Romans gave a check for $1000 in memory of his late wife, Linda. Currently there is a fund set up at the Fayetteville Bank. For more information on how to make a contribution, contact Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the history of the tree, go to http://texasescapes.com/CentralTexasTownsSouth/FayettevilleTexas/FayetteCountyTownSquareOakNGuardian.htm

Fayetteville Oak Tree Fund
145 North Live Oak (Mailing: PO Box 9)
Fayetteville, TX 78940

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Unique Cemetery Art - Charles Andera's unique ornate, distinctive cast metal crosses mark the final resting places of Roman Catholic Czech Americans. Andera's markers, which don't rust, were sold in eight different basic designs. Usually they were put together in three chosen pieces. Symbols and decorations used for the markers were a skull and crossbones, angels, cherubs, crucifixes, the Lamb of God, statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mother, the crown of thorns, quatrefoils and trefoils. Not much history has been found, and no one has his formula for his cast metal crosses. These Czech-American treasures cannot be purchased today. Upon entering St. John's Fayetteville Catholic Church Cemetery, look towards the railroad track, one will see the cross that marks the final resting place of Anna Mikolaj, 1897, and down the road, the marker for Zofie Polansky, 1878, can be found. More crosses can be seen to the left and right in the old section of the cemetery.

by Lillie Mae Brightwell
301 South Thompson Street
Fayetteville, TX 78940

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Art Galleries & Studios

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ARTS - ART FOR RURAL TEXAS VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS - Hosts visual and performing artists and their work in their main gallery and their Ross Gallery. The mission of Arts for Rural Texas (ARTS) is to heighten the visual and performing arts experience in our rural communities with an emphasis on providing educational opportunities for children. (ARTS was formerly known as the Art Guild of Rural Texas.)

Jeanne Schilling, Executive Director
114 N Live Oak
Fayetteville, TX 78940
(979) 378-2113  

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BRAG (Brushy Road Artist Group)Five painters: Karen Bookout, Mike Clann, Cindy Fanning, Martha Philipp, & Kathy Sauer and One potter: Kathy Griffith Come by for original local art.

Contact Kathy Seifert Griffith
123 N. Washington St
Fayetteville, TX 78940
713-385-0230  

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RED & WHITE GALLERY - The Red & White is the oldest commercial building in Fayette County. The bottom floor is the location of the Red & White Gallery, Fayette County's newest fine arts gallery. Upstairs, over the gallery, is the newly renovated Red & White Inn. Each of the four beautifully decorated bedrooms has an en suite private bath, sumptuous bedding, beautiful artwork and each of the private bedrooms opens onto a spacious sitting area. For guests' convenience, there is a full kitchen downstairs. Enjoy the views inside and out. Gallery hours Fridays 4 pm - 8 pm Saturdays 10 am - 8 pm Other times by appointment

Joan Herring
102 West Main Street
Fayetteville, TX 78940
713-818-9766  

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THE ARTIST'S VAULT - is a unique venue, situated in the Old Bank Building on historic town square. Exhibits showcase local talent as well as guest artists. Come stroll through the old bank to see what is on display on the walls and in the vaults.

Fred Roberts
123 N. Washington St (Mailing: PO Box 72)
Fayetteville, TX 78940
979-378-2221  

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Clovis & Maryann Heimsath Studio and Gallery - is located on the square. The gallery is open whenever Clovis is painting or Maryann is creating.

Clovis & Maryann Heimsath
101 N. Washington (Mailing: P.O. Box 504)
Fayetteville, TX 78940
(979) 966-9777  

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Cultural & Performing Arts

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FAYETTEVILLE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL - WORLD CLASS MUSIC - Each May, the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival presents concerts of chamber music during which the audience sits near the musicians and experiences the music close-up. World-class musicians from New York, Hungary, Poland, Houston and Austin perform in the Moravian Room at the Country Place Hotel in downtown historic Fayetteville where the natural acoustics bring a perfect warm, intimate sound to the musicians' violin, clarinet and piano. The repertoire includes classics by Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven, Czech favorites by Dvorak and Janacek, and Swedish pieces by Berwald, Netzel, and Stenhammar, among others.

Hakan Rosengren
201 N. Washington, Fayetteville, TX, 78940 (Mailing: PO Box 314)
Round Top, TX 78954
(979) 249-5035  

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ROUND TOP FESTIVAL INSTITUTE - Located in historic Round Top, Texas, Round Top Festival Institute was founded in 1971 by concert pianist James Dick. Begun with a handful of gifted young pianists, the project is now an internationally acclaimed, European-styled music festival for aspiring young musicians and distinguished faculty. The Institute has also developed superb year round education and performance programs and has created a unique 210-acre campus (Festival Hill) containing major performance facilities, historic houses, extensive gardens, parks and nature preserves. OUR MISSION is TO EDUCATE and train young musicians through an intensive summer music education program and a comprehensive series of public performances. TO PRESENT educational forums and music events featuring distinguished musicians, musicologists, art historians, humanities experts, writers and poets. TO COMMISSION and present original productions of new compositions, operas, dramas and ballets for the general public and the training of young artists. TO COLLECT rare books, historic manuscripts, archival materials, music and objects for scholarly research, educational purposes and as a service to the public. Operating under the James Dick Foundation.

248 Jaster Road (Mailing: P.O. Box 89)
Round Top, TX 78954
(979) 249-3129  

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Shakespeare at Winedale is a University of Texas program dedicated to bringing Shakespeare to life through performance. Founded by Professor James B. Ayres on the belief that the best way to study Shakespeare's plays is to perform them, Shakespeare at Winedale offers a unique opportunity to explore these rich and complex texts through the creative act of play. Shakespeare at Winedale is a program of the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts, but many of its activities are centered on the Winedale Historical Center near Round Top, Texas, where for more than thirty-five years students and audiences have come to encounter. University of Texas students recreate Shakespeare's masterworks during late July and early August in Winedale (near Round Top). There is an admission fee.

James Loehlin, Director
On FM 2714 in Winedale
Fayetteville, TX 78940
(512) 471-4726  

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Winedale Historical Complex - Shakespeare at Winedale is a University of Texas program dedicated to bringing Shakespeare to life through performance. Founded by Professor James B. Ayres on the belief that the best way to study Shakespeare's plays is to perform them, Shakespeare at Winedale offers a unique opportunity to explore these rich and complex texts through the creative act of play.

Barbara B. White Administrative Manager
3738 FM 2714
Round Top, TX 78954
979-278-3530  

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Live Music

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FAYETTEVILLE PICKING PARK - ACOUSTIC JAMMING ON THE SQUARE - The Jams are held on the courthouse square in Fayetteville, Texas on the second Saturday of every month. Acoustic jamming is welcome in the Park day and night. Go to our website to sign up to receive email notifications of future events. Fayetteville is a nice little old Texas town of less than 300 people with the old courthouse on the square along with good restaurants, a great Museum, and some good shopping too. You'll want to come back.

Debora Stepan
112 N Washington St
Fayetteville, TX 78940
512-914-6640  

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Museums

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Fayetteville Area Heritage Museum - History of the Fayetteville Area is on display at the Fayetteville Area Heritage Museum. The Museum is the home of the Teddy Schultz Model Trains and Railroad Collection and many other artifacts of the good ol' days including the historic altar from the original St. John's Catholic Church (removed for rebuilding in 1969), the pipe organ from St. Mary's Catholic Church, pre-historic bones & arrowheads, a cotton gin, the Dawn Theater's movie projector, a fire engine pump, farm equipment and even a restored 1965 Chevy Bellaire. Memorabilia from the Baca Band is also displayed as well as that from numerous local schools, civic organizations, elected officials, etc. Located on the Square of Historic Fayetteville. Open by appointment-Tours Welcome. Always open 3rd weekend of October during Lickskillet Weekend and by appointment.

119 North Washington Street
Fayetteville, TX 78940
(979) 378-4021  

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Home Garden Antique Events

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ANTIQUES ON THE SQUARE - The Week Before Marburger Thursday - Saturday. Located on the Historic Fayetteville Square and in the Old Firehouse. Open: 9 am - 9 pm (sometimes earlier, often later). Terrific vendors with merchandise from Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee. Everything from fine art to primitives, silver, outdoor garden, furniture, quilts, tools, advertising and more! On-site auction planned during the show. Shop our full tents and the Old Firehouse for that special one-of-a-kind antique find. New vendors are always welcomed - give Lisa a call at (318) 465-1603. Come shop with us! Free Parking. Charming Town! Excellent Food!

Lisa Stansbury
112 N Washington St
Fayetteville, TX 78940
(318) 465-1603  

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