Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Remodeling Project

One of my co-workers at Southwestern bought this house at 1209 Olive St. and is remodeling it. You can see the original wood siding underneath the other siding.

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Lane- Riley House

Bill Jones, the Southwestern University Historian, took me to see this house this week. It came up because I asked him to clarify whether Rev. James Sterling Lane was the first chaplain at Southwestern. Dr. Jones said that Rev. Lane served as chaplain for Southwestern in his capacity as minister of the First United Methodist Church in Georgetown (in those days the minister of the Methodist Church also served as the chaplain at Southwestern). Dr. Jones then told me that Rev. Lane's home in Georgetown is still standing, so we went to visit it. The house is located at 1302 College St. It is vacant and needs a lot of work. It was built in 1872, the same year Southwestern University was being founded in Georgetown. In 1908, it was bought by another Methodist minister, Rev. George Riley (1853-1925). Descendents of Rev. Riley apparently still own the home. The house has a Texas Historical Marker and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It still has the old well on the property. Rev. Lane was a Civil War veteran and is buried in the IOOF cemetery behind Southwestern. His grave is one of the ones featured on the Williamson Museum's cemetery tour this weekend (May 1, 2010).

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The John Leavell Homestead

Work is going full-swing on the house at 803 College St., which is known as the John Leavell Homestead. The new owners are adding an addition on the south side of the house, a garage on the north side of the house, and several rooms on the back of the house. They also appear to be adding a porch on the front. For the record, I am posting a photo of the house as it looked in 1896. This photo hangs in what used to be the County Seat restaurant. The house was built in 1880.