(Bastrop) All things are tidy and the decorations are inviting for everyone to enjoy the Bastrop’s Lost Pines Christmas celebration especially Saturday, Dec. 9.
Doors of 4 historical homes and a church will open for the Holiday Homes Tour, voices will sing in merriment featuring the Bastrop Honor Choir, and the day ends with the “Holidays through the Eyes of a Child” lighted Christmas parade traveling down Historical Downtown Main Street.
For more than 40 years, Bastrop has showcased its past by opening the doors of its historical homes. This year is no different with the Bastrop County Historical Society’s Holiday Homes Tour. Proceeds from this tour help fund the operation of the Museum and Visitor Bureau.
The exciting tour includes the following historical sites:
THE FEHR-HAYNIE-ALLBRIGHT HOME 1404 Pecan Street, Built 1935
The Fehr-Haynie-Allbright Home, a 1935 Tudor cottage, was designed by celebrated architect Arthur Fehr at the same time he was designing the Civilian Conservation Corps structures at Bastrop State Park. Its original owners, T.P. Haynie and his wife Tillye sold the house after WWII to William Ireland Allbright. Both Haynie and Allbright owned the local Chevrolet dealership at different times.
The PENZELL-TUCK HOME 1503 Wilson Street,
2008 Construction Incorporating Early Structures
The Penzell-Tuck Home melds two historic structures with new construction into an elegant farm-style residence. The front part of the house is believed to have been a former building from Camp Swift, six miles north of Bastrop.
THE RICHARD STARCKE HOUSE 703 Main Street, circa 1913
The Richard Starcke House was built around 1913 by Starcke and his wife, Mary Antonia. The clapboard home is modified “American Foursquare” design that reflects the transition from Victorian themes to the more “modern” Craftsman and Prairie styles of architecture.
THE PROKOP HOME 703 Pecan Street, circa 1918
The Prokop Home, constructed by Emil and Helen Prokop was built around 1918 on property inherited from Emil’s Austrian immigrant parents. The single-story bungalow’s current owners recently removed the sheetrock in several of the rooms to expose the shiplap, remodeled the kitchen, enlarged the bathroom and added a nursery.
THE CALVERY EPISCOPAL CHURCH 603 Spring Street, built in 1881-1883
The Calvary Episcopal Church, the first building in the county to receive a Texas State Historical Building medallion, was built in 1881-1883 in the Gothic Revival style. With flying buttresses and campanile design, it was the work of preeminent Texas architect Jasper N. Preston, who designed the Bastrop County Courthouse and Austin’s Driskell Hotel.
The tour runs from noon to 5 p.m. Tour tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.bastropcountyhistoricalsociety.com/tickets or by calling 512-303-0057 or 512-303-9094. On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased at the Museum and Visitor Center on 904 Main Street or at any home site. Tickets are $20 with children 12 and under free.
Taking a detour from the Homes Tour, guests can stop by the Bastrop Public Library open house at 1 p.m. and enjoy songs by The Honor Choir. This group, comprised of young people from the community and founded and directed by Bill Owens, performs at events throughout the year with a special commitment to raising awareness of child abuse and services offered through the Children’s Advocacy Center.
This fun day in Bastrop wraps up around 5:50 p.m. with the lighted Christmas parade down Main Street. Featuring around 100 entries, parade-goers will get into the Christmas spirit alongside fanciful floats, fire trucks, marching bands, Santa’s helpers and even Santa himself. First place awards will be given in 10 different categories. For those desiring to participate in the parade, line up and registration begins at 4 p.m.
Tis the season, making it a perfect time to join us in beautiful downtown Bastrop.