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YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO TEXAS’ FAYETTEVILLE

EVENTS & EXPERIENCES Art Walk on the Square Pickin’ Park

FAMILY FUN

Country Christmas Lickskillet Classic Car Show

explore: ADVENTURE

Renowned Bass Fishing 2,400-acre Fayette Lake

LOCAL FLAVORS

Truly Texan Cafés & Hangouts Wine Bar in Grand Hotel

HISTORY

Historic Walking Tour Heritage Museum

Step back in time.


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Full-size bed downstairs with a queen upstairs, full kitchen, bath, television, den, Wi-Fi. Accommodates up to 4 guests.

Fayette Country Hills

RV Park & Boat Storage 800 N. Rusk, Fayetteville 979-702-0293 24 RV spots • 30 amp and 50 amp Full service setup • 45 boat/storage units Washer/dryer and bath house Camping spots available - tent area

ORSAK’S CAFÉ 121 N. Fayette St., Fayetteville 979-378-2719 Daily and night Specials Open 7 days a week

Sunday – Thursday 8am-9:30pm Friday and Saturday 8am-10pm Family atmosphere • Established in 1965

Famous far and wide for their chicken fried steak, hamburgers and onion rings.


Welcome! The City of Fayetteville, Texas greets you! Welcome to a quaint town where hometown values and forward-thinking community leaders combine to make Fayetteville the perfect locale for visiting and easy living.

Whether you’re looking to escape to a slower pace for your next vacation or looking for the right location for your next business venture, Fayetteville is the ideal choice. Discover why Fayetteville is a

Step Back in Time.

4 - FAYETTEVILLE HISTORY

23 - FAYETTEVILLE CEMETERY

6 - AREA ATTRACTIONS

26 - LICKSKILLET

10 - HERITAGE MUSEUM

27 - CYCLING IN FAYETTEVILLE

12 - FAYETTE LAKE & OAK THICKET PARK 13 - CALENDAR OF EVENTS & PICKIN’ PARK 17 - TEXAS INDEPENDENCE WINE TRAIL 18 - COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

31 - SHOPPING & DINING 32 - LODGING & WORSHIP 33 - RELOCATION INFORMATION CITY OF FAYETTEVILLE

21 - ANTIQUES ON THE SQUARE 22 - ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH - DISCOVERED PAINTINGS

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29 - FAYETTEVILLE CAR SHOW

35 - MEET THE NEIGHBORS REK HILL, ELLINGER, WARRENTON

CONTENTS

Cover photo of courthouse by Mary Waters. Water tower by Janice Wasut.

Michelle Banse Stokes & Lori Olivarez-Ligues 979-725-3080 • 406 West Main St., Suite 105, Weimar, TX 78962

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History of Fayetteville, Texas Fayetteville developed out of a large settlement formed by the three families of John Crier, James Cummins, and James J. Ross, all three being part of Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred. The area would be called Ross Prairie, named after James J. Ross. A road that ran through the settlement, known as the Old San Felipe to Bastrop road, was a stagecoach stop offering travelers a tavern, hotel, and mercantile stores. The settlement was first called Wadis Post Office in 1835 and then Alexander’s Voting Place. It was also known as Lickskillet, reportedly due to area residents that would show up late for area picnics and festivals after the food had run out. They were told to “lick the skillet” if they were hungry. Fayette County was formed in 1837 and the settlement was named Fayetteville in 1844 in honor of Philip J. Shaver who hailed from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Shaver (1814-1875) settled in the Fayette County community of Rutersville 1840. Two years later, he joined the Texas Army to defend area settlers from Indians and Mexican soldiers and also received from the Republic 320 acres. After marrying Mary Ann (Bass) Holloway in 1847, Shaver purchased 525 acres at this site and he surveyed and platted a town that he named after a former home. He named the streets and donated lots for a school and community church, a Masonic lodge and a city cemetery. Shaver continued to support Fayetteville until his death, and many of his descendants remain in the area today. In 1853 the first group of Czechs entered Fayette County, and that year Tom Batla settled in Fayetteville, becoming its first permanent Czech resident. Fayetteville is known far and wide as the “cradle of Czech immigration to Texas” because after the Civil War most Czech immigrants to Texas went to Fayetteville before moving on. A two-story Masonic Hall was erected in 1858. The top floor was used as a school for approximately 25 years before moving to the Germania Hall. In 1912, Fayetteville High and Grammar schools were built. Incorporated on March 2, 1882, Max Meitzen was the

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first mayor of Fayetteville. Five years later the Taylor, Bastrop and Houston railroad laid tracks in the city, spurring growth throughout the area. On December 10, 1892, a large fire broke out in Fayetteville, destroying one side of the downtown square. The Fayette County Record reported the following in their December 15, 1892 edition: “On Saturday night, December 10, 1892, about 12 o’clock a fire broke out in the rear part of C. G. Vetter’s store, making such headway that the entire block on the east side of the Fayetteville square was reduced to ashes in just about 2 small hours, and let it be said that the sight was as pitiful as one seldom witnesses in a small town—Women with babies in their arms were hurried out of their houses, while the men did everything possible to save that which could be taken out, which however, was very little, the time for work being too short. All in all, everybody did heroic work and it was such only, in connection with the favorable wind, that saved the almost new and elegant Gloeckner Hotel, which as times seemed an unavoidable prey to the raging flames, but escaped with only slight damage caused by the scorching heat. At this time the amount of losses have not been ascertained, but the following houses and stocks are a total loss: A. J. Polansky, house and stock; C. G. Vetter, saloon and stock of groceries, Otto Vetter, house and stock of saddlery; P. J. Shaver, house and stock of tinware, L. Pivetz; house, saloon and groceries. On all of above not one dollar of insurance was carried, only Pivetz saving a part of his stock, Otto Vetter saved 2 saddles and Parma, 2 stoves, with these exceptions little else was saved. The Bohemian club lost about $200.00 as damages in tearing down part of their property, so as to prevent a further and still greater conflagration, which would have followed, but for a lucky turn of the wind.” The Fayetteville Fire Engine No. 1 was acquired in response to the large fire. This hand pumper can be viewed today at the Fayetteville Area Heritage Museum downtown. See page 10 of this magazine for a feature on the museum.

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107 N. Washington • On the historic Fayetteville Square Open 10am-4pm, Tuesday – Saturday

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979-378-2229 • After Hours 979-224-6610

SPJST HALL FAYETTEVILLE,TEXAS A CENTURY OF GOOD TIMES

Hall available for rentals - weddings, reunions, parties, dances, and other social events. 507 West Main • Fayetteville

979.966.3795

Follow us on FACEBOOK at SPJST HALL Fayetteville, Texas • Photos by Jessica Issacs Photography


Area Attractions

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1. CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATING CONTEST The City of Fayetteville Christmas trees are on display beginning the first Friday in December until Christmas Eve from 5 to 9 p.m. or by appointment. The event is free to attend. Entries are open to both individuals and businesses and awards are given in each category. The inset photo showcases Rose Rohde’s first place 2019 entry. Historic Old Fire Station On the Square Downtown

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2. FAYETTEVILLE PRECINCT COURTHOUSE Fayetteville citizens raised $600 in private funds, received $200 in tax money from the County Commissioners’ Court, and built this Victorian precinct Courthouse in 1880. A ball held in the new building netted funds for painting. The 2-cell calaboose upstairs was completed in 1887. A ladies’ club donated the clock in 1934. In early Texas, precinct Courthouses were very rare and only Fayette County had them. Three towns built them but a fire destroyed one and another was remodeled into a barn. Only Fayetteville has their original structure - making it the only one in Texas. A few feet beneath the clock tower, on the building’s second floor, are two jail cells which were added in 1887. On the Square Downtown 3. SPJST HALL In 1897, the SPJST Supreme Lodge formed in La Grange with 25 lodges. Lodge No. 1 in Fayetteville voted to purchase land and in October 1910, construction of a hall and two ancillary buildings was complete. The vernacular-style dance hall is clad with white board and batten siding with a gable roof. 507 E. Main • 979-966-3795

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4. ARTS FOR RURAL TEXAS A non-profit organization founded on the belief that children living in rural communities must have visual and performing arts experiences as part of their basic education to develop skills such as creativity, confidence, problem-solving, and accountability - traits that lead to success in work and life. With free classes during the school year and fee-based camps in the summer, children are exposed to a wide variety of mediums. ARTS also brings fine arts to the schools with professional performances and workshops. Artwalk is held annually to benefit the projects and programs for children by Arts for Rural Texas. This is a juried event that benefits the programs for children throughout Fayette County. 114 N. Live Oak • 979-378-2113 5. SPJST BALL PARK A state-of-the-art ball park maintained by the City of Fayetteville. 407 E. Main • 979-378-2559 6. ZAPP BUILDING German native Hugo Zapp established his mercantile business in Fayetteville in 1865. In 1900, after a fire had burned his wooden store at this site, Zapp had this 2-story brick building constructed. Intended to be the finest structure in the city, the Romanesque revival building features decorative brickwork in a checkerboard pattern. In 1915 another merchant, F.C. Knippel, bought the store, and it was operated by his family for more than fifty years. Corner of Fayette and Washington Streets

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Photo by Ronnie Pflughaupt.

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FAYETTEVILLE AREA HERITAGE MUSEUM

c 217 N. Washington on the Historic Square

979-249-6249 or 832-904-6290

www.FayettevilleTXmuseum.org

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Established on May 22, 1986. Founded by Buddy and Irene Polansky & Jeanette Donaldson to archive the history of the Fayetteville. Displays: early local settlers, merchants, banks, doctors, Baca music history, church displays, military, old farm equipment, hand made wooden trains by local craftmen, old school items, and many old photos.


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Fayetteville Area Heritage Museum Located on Historic Fayetteville Town Square

Fayetteville Area Heritage Museum was established on May 22, 1986. It was founded by Janette Donaldson, Louis “Buddy” Polansky and his wife Irene. Buddy, the visionary, dedicated his life to salvaging, collecting, and then preserving precious items from Fayetteville and the area during a time when “newer was better.” In addition to being the home of the Teddy Schultz Model Trains and Railroad Collection, the museum also houses Memorabilia from the Baca Band, remnants from the demolished St. John Catholic Church circa 1911, and many other fascinating historic artifacts reflecting the area’s Czech, German, and African American Heritage.

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119 West Washington Street On Historic Town Square Fayetteville, Texas 78940 Mailing Address: PO Box 32 979-249-6249 www.fayettevillemuseum.tx.org fayettevillemuseum@yahoo.com Hours Saturdays 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Open weekends for special events. ~Tour Groups and School Groups Welcome~ Call or fayettevillemuseum@yahoo.com to schedule your appointment or tour. Admission Donations Appreciated FREE - General Public and School Groups Please call to schedule groups. Commercial and Tour Groups Please call to schedule tour. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Walking Tours Self-guided walking tour guides available upon request FAYETTEVILLE, TEXAS VISITORS & NEWCOMERS MAGAZINE

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Let ’s Go Fishing!

Lake Fayette & Oak Thicket Park This 87-acre park – located on the 2,000-acre Lake Fayette – has picnic areas and a large pavilion ideal for group events. While you’re here, spend time on our hike and bike trails. Tent camping, RV and cabin amenities are available for overnight stays. Camping 20 campsites (RV water and electric) 6 screened shelters: each sleeps up to four (includes electricity, ceiling fans, an outdoor water spigot and grill) 8 cabins: each sleeps 4 - 14 (includes heat and A/C, ceiling fans, outside water spigot and grill) RV dump station • Showers • Water Recreation Boat ramp • Canoeing/kayaking • Fishing Fishing pier • Swimming Top left and bottom left photos courtesy LCRA.

Outdoor Recreation Bird viewing area • Hiking Mountain biking • Picnicking Playground Oak Thicket Pavilion: Outdoor pavilion with grill and electricity for up to 60 people

4818 W. St. Hwy. 159 • Fayetetville www.lcra.org/parks/Pages/oak-thicket-park 855-392-7638 • 979-249-3504

Pete Dodge’s Guide Service

ALL TACKLE FURNISHED!

Lake Fayette Tackle Co.

Open Monday - Friday • October-June

985-789-2277

Rod & Reel Service - Custom Tackle

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Half-Day Trips - $250 • Full-Day Trips - $350

fayettecountyguidefishing.com

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TIN MAN AT SUNSET

Calendar of Events

There’s so much to do in Fayetteville!

February • Brethran Church - Taco Breakfast - second Saturday • St. Paul Lutheran Church pancake supper - Fat Tuesday

March • Fayetteville Antiques on the Square - see page 21 • Original Round Top Antiques Fair - begins last weekend in March and runs every day through the first weekend of April

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April • Lions Classic Car Show - see page 29 • St. Paul Lutheran Church spring chicken dinner - fourth Saturday May • ARTS for Rural Texas Art Walk - first weekend • Fireman’s Feast - first Saturday June • Good Old Summertime Classic bike ride - first Sunday - see page 27 • ARTS for Rural Texas Summer Art Camp July • City Wide Garage Sale - second Saturday • ARTS for Rural Texas Summer Art Camp

August • St. Mary Catholic Church Feast - last Sunday

September • St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Feast - Sunday before Labor Day • Fayetteville Antiques on the Square - see page 21 • Original Round Top Antiques Fair - last weekend in September and runs every day through the first weekend of October

October • Lickskillet - third weekend - see page 26

November • City of Fayetteville turkey and dressing dinner - first Thursday • ARTS for Rural Texas Harvestfest Gala first Saturday • St. Paul Lutheran Church fall turkey stew - second Saturday • Lions Spaghetti - Election night December • City of Fayetteville Christmas Tree Decorating Contest at the Old Fire Station - see page 6 • Country Christmas - second Saturday see page 18

PICKIN’ PARK

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Top photo by Janice Wasut. Bottom photo by Emil Knodell, Fayetteville Vintage Gallery.

ickin’ Park is held on the Square in Fayetteville the second Saturday of every month and is free to both players and listeners alike. Everyone is welcome to come out and bring a lawn chair. Music is played throughout the Square all day long and players with any experience level are welcome to join in. FAYETTEVILLE, TEXAS VISITORS & NEWCOMERS MAGAZINE

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One stop before your fishing spot! LIVE BAIT - minnows, worms, fishing supplies and tackle. COLD BEER, soda, snacks, ice, Hunt Brothers Pizza and much more!

Hwy 71 Shell 1003 Walnut • Columbus 979.732.5090 • Hwy71Shell@yahoo.com

Sharing God’s Word by embracing and serving all as God’s faithful family. Worship Times

8am - St. John in Ellinger 8:30am - St. John’s in Warrenton 10:00am - St. John in Rutersville 10:30am - St. Paul in Fayetteville

Shared Lutheran Ministry of Fayette County 979-249-3155 www.sharedlutheranministry.org

A break from the big city!

The Swedish Cottage This adorable bungalow, built in 1925 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been lovingly updated with modern amenities while also maintaining its historic charm. 2 - bedrooms 2 - baths 979-266-0220 Located on Rusk Street Fayetteville, Texas

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2001 Waldeck Road, Ledbetter, Texas 78946

Enjoy the inviting atmosphere of Camp Kubena!

A summer residential camp that impacts lives through outdoor experience, Camp Kubena doubles as a retreat center for corporate and youth outings, spiritual awakenings, team-building events, family reunions, and more. Situated on 182 picturesque acres in northern Fayette County, Camp Kubena can sleep up to 160 people. Check out www.campkubena.com for more information regarding facilities, activities, and dining. To schedule a tour of Camp Kubena or to discuss your program and pricing, please call Camp Director Rob Clift at 979-249-5674 or by email at rob@campkubena.com

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Camp Kubena is a camp and retreat center owned and operated by SPJST, a fraternal life insurance society serving Texans since 1897.

Home Office: 520 N Main Street, Temple, TX 800-727-7578 • www.spjst.org

camp legend

Buildings

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1 Camp Office (Lion’s Den)

5 Pavilion w/ Basketball Court

2 Fire Circle

6 Outdoor Games

3 Sand Volleyball Pit

7 Garage

4 Swimming Pool

8 Dining/Meeting Area (Sternadel Hall)

9 Volleyball

15 High Ropes Course

21 Infirmary

10 Horseshoes

16 Swimming Pond (Plavani Rybnik)

22 Staff Cabin

11 Playground

17 Campfire Area (Taborak)

23 Cabin Circle

12 Tractor Barn

18 Blob Pond (Kapka Rybnik)

24 Low Ropes Course

13 Craft Barn

19 Archery Range

25 Fishing Pond (Rybolov Rybnik)

14 Wagon Barn

20 BB Gun Range


Insuring and Enriching Lives

SPJST celebrates 123 years of fraternalism in 2020 Organized in 1897 by Texans of Czech ancestry, SPJST’s mission statement is simple: “Insuring and Enriching Lives.” The SPJST’s first home office was located in Fayetteville. The central figure in administering the affairs of the Society, Secretary J.R. Kubena, operated his business just off the main square. Until his death in 1938, Mr. Kubena administered the affairs of the SPJST out of a single room in his general store. A civic leader with a keen sense of obligation, J.R. Kubena served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives and as mayor of Fayetteville.

In 2018, the SPJST Supreme Lodge, based in Temple since 1953, renamed SPJST’s picturesque 182-acre camp in northern Fayette County “Camp Kubena” to honor the pioneering spirit of J.R. Kubena. SPJST is built upon the idea of addressing human needs — financial, social and cultural. With assets of approximately $245 million and more than $1 billion of life insurance in force, the SPJST continues to fulfill its financial obligations to its members and keep pace with the life insurance industry. Locally and across the state, generations of SPJST members have worked diligently to establish the SPJST’s reputation as a proactive fraternal organization, sponsoring and supporting a wide range of community services and family oriented activities.

SPJST member benefits include a wide range of life insurance products as well as annuities and IRAs. SPJST also offers a wonderful youth program, summer camping experience and scholarships. Additionally, the Society offers member benefits that save money and other valuable services: SPJST Perkspot, Freshbenies, Travel Insurance and Amazon Smile — are all recent additions to SPJST’s menu of noncontractual benefits. In 2020, there are approximately 40,000 SPJST members in 100 lodges throughout Texas. If you aren’t a member, now is your opportunity to join!

For more information, please call 800.727.7578 or visit SPJST online at spjst.org.

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Antiques - Primitives - Advertising Depression Glass - Prints - Frames Quilts - Lawn Furniture Costume Jewelry - Furniture Variety of Collector’s Items Appraisals and Sales Services Available Large or Small “We Do It All” References Available Estate Sales Specialists Madelyn (979)966-8979 • Lois (979)966-8497

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Let ’s Take the Wine Trail!

The Texas Independence Wine Trail runs straight through Fayetteville. Blue Mule Wines

Majek Vineyard & Winery

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Cast Iron Winery

San Ducerro Vineyards

8127 N. FM 1291 • Fayetteville 713-226-9344

1657 Meier Rd. • Sealy 281-881-6395

12508 FM 957 • Schulenburg 210-413-8912

500 Dagg Rd. • Yoakum 361-407-3056

castironwinery.com

sanduccerro.com

Rohan Meadery Blissful Folly Farm

Busted Oaks Cellars

6002 FM 2981 • La Grange 979-249-5652

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Whistling Duck Vineyards & Winery 1213 CR 273 • Weimar 512-913-4813

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6195 Round Top Rd. • Carmine 281-795-2588

www.bustedoakscellars.com

Pipers Creek Vineyard

1052 Zimmerscheidt Rd. • Columbus 979-942-0777

piperscreekvineyard.com

Rosemary’s Vineyard 5521 Hwy 71 E • La Grange 979-249-2109

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Country Christmas on the Square Home tours, Santa Claus, music, art, food, and small town charm

Country Christmas on the Square in

December is a weekend full of all of the joys the season has to offer. Coinciding with the event is the Country Christmas Home Tours, showcasing the very best in Fayetteville’s archiecture, Christmas lighting and small-town charm. A pet parade, the ever-popular Hot Chocolate Family Fun Run, pictures with Santa Claus himself, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, music, a home-decorating contest, and fine fare all come together to ring in the holiday spirit Fayetteville-style. Horse drawn carriage rides are available for touring all of the beautiful Christmas tree lights in Fayetteville.

For more information, visit greaterfayettevillechamber.org.

All photos on this page and top right photo on page 19 by Janice Wasut.

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Malota House at Christmas

MALOTA HOUSE

203 Thompson Street 203 The children of Justin and Jean Malota have made it a family affair to display over 150,000 lights at their home from the Sunday after Thanksgiving through the first of the year. It all started with their daughter, Sandra Janish and her husband, Robert, instructing her father on hanging lights. “I said ‘Dad, let me show you how to wrap a tree’ and he took off from there,” Janish said. “It has grown every year.” Weekend visitors are welcome to stop, stroll through the outside display, and visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, typically starting around 6:30 p.m.

Top left and enter photos by Emil Knodell, Fayetteville Vintage Gallery. Malota House photo by Sandra Janish.

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Antiques on the Square On the Square in Fayetteville

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By Emil Knodell, Antiques on the Square

ntiques On The Square is an antiques show that occurs twice yearly in the picturesque Texas town of Fayetteville. The event happens in the Spring and Fall as part of the Round Top Antiques Event, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the world. Focusing on authentic Americana primitives, Antiques On The Square is an “early� show on the Round Top Event roster, opening approximately a week before other major Round Top shows. It is an excellent event for early bird shoppers, collectors and antiques dealers seeking to add unique items to their inventory. In addition to Americana primitives, Antiques On The Square features a wide array of authentic antiques, furniture and smalls, farmhouse and ranch furnishings, fine art, folk art, midcentury modern, industrial, garden decor, plants and more. A highlight of Antiques On The Square is a live no-reserve auction on the closing evening of every show. Featuring complementary food and drink, the auction provides an evening of fun and excitement as shoppers and dealers alike gather to swap tales of treasures found and bid on tons of great items at often bargain prices. Antiques On The Square is held at the Old Firehouse on the town square, which features the original wood Precinct Courthouse built in the 1890s complete with two jail cells upstairs. A walking tour of Fayetteville also is a lot of fun. Due to the number of lovely vintage homes in Fayetteville, the entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Think Square. Be There.

All photos by Emil Knodell, Fayetteville Vintage Gallery.

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St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Original Religious Paintings on Display St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fayetteville, although not necessarily considered one of the famous Painted Churches of Texas, is still worth a trip to see the discovered art on display - some of the finest paintings outside of Europe. All paintings are originals and produced for a church in this location by Ignaz Johann Berger (1822-1901) in the 1870s. Berger was a well-known Austrian religious artist, remembered predominantly for his genre paintings and portraits. Welcome from the Parish Welcome to Saint John! We, the Catholic Family of St. John the Baptist, located in Fayetteville, Texas, are a community that share in the fellowship of Christ. We are rich in our German/Czech heritage and are instilled with work ethic and devotion to the God of our ancestors. We come together to offer the liturgy of praise, proclaim the Good News, and be a witness and sign of God’s Kingdom on earth.

MASS TIMES SATURDAY: 6 p.m. SUNDAY: 10 a.m. TUESDAY: 6 p.m. WEDNESDAY: 7 p.m. THURSDAY: 7 a.m. FRIDAY: 6 p.m. SATURDAY: 7:30 a.m. CONFESSIONS TUESDAY: 6 - 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY: 6 - 7 p.m. THURSDAY: 6 - 7 p.m. FRIDAY: 6 - 7 p.m.

207 E Bell St. Fayetteville 979.378.2277

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A Step Back in Time

Exploring Fayetteville’s Historic City Cemetery V isit Fayetteville’s Historic City

Cemetery by heading towards the water tower and turning right at the Post Office, which is right next to the water tower, FM 1291. Drive across the railroad crossing and turn to your left and you’ll see the cemetery gate. The cemetery holds true to a Eastern European style, complete with porcelain portraits of the deceased on display on grave markers and monuments.

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Lickskillet Days

On and around the Fayetteville Square At one time, Fayetteville was named Lick Skillet because, as rumor has it, people showing up late to community festivals complained that all the food was gone and were told to “lick the skillet.” So, don’t be late! Every October, this family-friendly festival offers a little something for everyone and includes children’s activities, ice-cold drinks, food, baked goods, arts and crafts, silly contests, both an onsite and online auction, and fun raffles. There’s even a Fun Run Walk and challenging 5K. The SPJST Hall hosts their barbecue and bean cook-off, there’s a competitive horseshoe tournament, and always fun live music. Vendors around the square offer their wares. Cowboys boots are the suggested attire at the ever-popular street dance that lasts until midnight. Sunday features the Lickskillet Days Parade featuring unique floats, trail-riders, antique cars, and local charm that ends with a fried chicken dinner for all. Plan to stay for the entire weekend of fun-filled events and experience the small town of Fayetteville - the way Texas used to be.

www.fayettevilletxchamber.org

All photos by Emil Knodell, Fayetteville Vintage Gallery.

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Fayetteville enjoys being

known as the most cycling friendly town in Texas. It all started in the 1990s when Fayetteville was celebrating the MS150 ride coming through town. Although Fayetteville’s love of cycling may have begun with a small few cheering, it has grown over the years to now include parties, music, bell ringing, cookie stops, and best of all, large crowds cheering on the riders who are raising money for people with multiple sclerosis. Fayetteville is the only town to welcome

Cycling in Fayetteville

Fayetteville known as Friendliest Town the riders of the MS150 in this way. The MS Lone Star Chapter, which sponsors the MS150, sent a proclamation to the mayor’s office stating that “Fayetteville is the friendliest town in Texas.” In 1998 the first Fayetteville Good Old Summertime Classic bike ride started with the purpose of bringing cyclists to town and to raise money for the local school. Over the past 22 years, the ride has given $150,000 to the school to benefit the Education Foundation and Athletic Department. The ride is the first Sunday

in June with distances from 8 to 65 miles. Cycling has brought many back to Fayetteville and the surrounding area, not only to ride but to enjoy a weekend home or to live in the area permanently. The backroads of Fayette County are here for everyone to enjoy riding. After their ride, cyclists are encouraged to take some time to relax in this beautiful historic town. Not only is Fayetteville cycling friendly, residents love sharing their town with visitors. All are welcome. By Yvonne McCowen

Top right photo by Emil Knodell, Fayetteville Vintage Gallery.

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he Fayetteville Lion’s Club hosts the Fayetteville Classic Car Show annually in downtown Fayetteville. The mission of the Lions Club is Service and giving back to the community is what the car show is all about. In 2019, the show raised over $9,000 for the scholarship fund for Fayetteville Independent School District. “Money is raised from event sponsors, car registration, and food sales,” said John Dennis, chairman of the car show committee. “The Fayetteville Lions support college scholarships for the graduating seniors of our community.” The show is open to antiques, classics, hot rods and trucks and saw over 100 entries displayed in 2019. “The majority of cars came from neighboring towns such as Weimar, Columbus, La Grange, Bellville, Hempstead, and Brenham,” Dennis added. “However, we also have entries traveled from as far away as Houston, Spicewood Springs, Wharton, Katy, Richmond and Rosenberg.” The show takes place annually in April on the historic downtown square in Fayetteville. Email John Dennis at jhd1255@aol.com for more information or visit their website,

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REAL COUNTRY

CUISINE Fayetteville-Style

Orsak’s Café serves up old-fashioned family favories like Mom used to make.

When you’re craving true homestyle Texas cui-

sine at its finest, you better head to Orsak’s Café. Located in downtown Fayetteville on the square, they’re a known hot spot for the locals yet just as welcoming to tourists. “I like making people happy through service,” said Terri McPherson, proprietor and operator of Orsak’s Café. "I was raised to believe that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Simple human kindness.” Open 55 years in 2020, the establishment features a large menu with over 70 items from which to choose, not taking into account the breakfast menu. Everything is prepared from scratch the old-fashioned way. Although known for their chicken fried steak and hamburgers, their hand-battered onion rings, juicy steaks, and fried fish plate are no doubt some of the best fare in the Lone Star State. And don’t forget to stay for dessert - they bake all of their cobblers from scratch, too.

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The atmosphere has a warm, old-school vibe, decorated with family photos, metal art, and local memorabilia. And even though the food is outstanding, your wallet won’t take a hit. “My goal is to make people happy,” Terri added. “Not take advantage of them. I had a customer at the restaurant ask me one day why I don’t raise my prices during the antique shows. I told him, ‘Because I have customers who support me 365 days a year and I’m not going to charge them and my out-of-towns guests more just because it’s busy.’ The price is the same regardless of what is going on in town.” If you need a place to stay, Orsak’s Bed and Breakfast is right behind the restaurant and includes breakfast at the café. See y’all soon at Orsak’s.

For more information, see their advertisement on page 2.

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Dine with us! Fayetteville’s Restaurants

Baca’s 159 Junction

3024 E. Hwy 159 979-249-5523 A little bit of everything, a whole lot of fun.

Joe’s Place

120 N. Live Oak St. 979-378-9035

WINE BAR

Orsak’s Café

121 N. Fayette St. 979-378-2719 Daily and night specials, open seven days a week. Famous for their chicken fried steak, hamburgers and onion rings.

The Good Gulp Coffee Shop 114 W. Main Enjoy specialty coffee and pastries.

The Wine Bar at the Grand Fayette Hotel 201 W. Fayette St. 979-716-6988 www.winebaratthegrand.com

ORSAK’S

Shop with us!

Retail stores in Fayetteville Country Peddler Antiques 2844 SH-159 979-249-5361

Rek Hill Distillery 2737 E. State Hwy 159 512-751-4943

Dybala’s 106 N. Live Oak St. 979-702-0709 www.dybalaphotography.com

Spoiled Quilter 107 A N. Washington St. July 2020 - 405 E. Main 832-775-3681 www.spoiledquilter.com

Fayetteville Store 401 E. Main St. 979-378-2237 Petals ‘N Lace Floral & Gift Shop 107 N. Washington St. (on the historic square) 979-378-2229 www.petalsnlace.fayettevilleplaces.com

Yesterday’s Past 112 S. Live Oak St. 979-378-4273

The Vintage Rose Market Summer 2020 On the Historic Square in Fayetteville Westside Shamrock 306 N. Rust St. 979-378-2215

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Lodging in Fayetteville

Fayette Country Hills RV Park 800 N. Rusk, Fayetteville 979-702-0293

Grand Fayette Hotel

201 W. Fayette St. Fayetteville 713-818-9766 www.grandfayettehotel.com

Krenek Kabin Bed & Breakfast

309 Franklin St., Fayetteville 979-702-0293 or 979-250-1813 www.AirBnB.com

GRAND FAYETTE HOTEL

Orsak’s Bed & Breakfast 126 N. Washington St., Fayetteville 979-702-0293 or 979-250-1813 www.AirBnB.com

THE SWEDISH COTTAGE

The Swedish Cottage

420 N. Rusk St., Fayetteville 979-266-0220 www.theswedishcottagetx.com

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Churches in Fayetteville

Big Spring Hill Baptist Church 1944 Roznov Rd. 979-249-4006

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St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 205 E. Bell St. 979-378-2277

Cedar of Lebanon Church of God in Christ 1946 TX-159 979-378-2990

St. Mary Catholic Church 815 St. Mary’s Church Rd. 979-378-2277

Fayetteville Brethren Church 1022 Kramr Rd. 979-378-2239

St. Paul Lutheran Church 201 N. Rusk St. 979-249-3155

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IMPORTANT CONTACTS

Relocation Information

Fayette County Fire & EMS 202 W. Main Street - 911 - (979) 968-8991 Fayette County Sheriff ’s Office 1646 North Jefferson, La Grange (979) 968-5856

City Hall - 202 W. Main Street (979) 378-2559

Open Monday-Friday 1 - 5 p.m., except City Holidays

Post Office 212 E. Main Street - (979) 378-2513 M-F 7:30-11:30 a.m. 1-3 p.m. Sat 7:30-10 a.m. Lobby Always Open

www.FayettevilleCityTX.com Water/Wastewater Services

Water/Wastewater services are provided by the City for information contact the City Secretary, (979) 378-2559.

Fayetteville Independent School District 618 Rusk - Phone (979) 378-4242

Ballpark

Electric - Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative (800) 842-7708 info@bluebonnetelectric.coop To report unplanned power outages call (800) 949-4414

511 E. Main Street - Phone (979) 249-6702

Waste Management/Recycling Information 800 Columbus Lane Open Tuesday 1-5 p.m. - recycling on this day Open Friday noon -5 p.m. Must use Fayette County blue ($2) or pink ($1) bags. Bags are sold at City Hall. In addition, there is a disposal site for trees and limbs only.

Propane Fayetteville Propane Company (979) 378-2213

Newspaper Fayetteville Fayette County Record (979) 968-3155

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What ’s Old is New Again

Downtown business breathes new life into old houses Bluebonnet Renovators in Fayetteville is the collaborative venture of Judy and Bob Kurtz. They specialize in both home renovations and new construction. A passion for old houses and people is what started it all six years ago. “I have always loved old houses,” Judy Kurtz said. “I started helping Mama with wallpaper and painting when I was a teenager and decided then that I wanted to be an interior decorator. I didn’t start doing work for other people until 35 years later.” Bluebonnet Renovators serves Fayetteville, Round Top, New Ulm, La Grange and the surrounding area with both new and old homes alike, but it’s easy to see that they have a real touch for the older classics. “We renovate mainly old houses,” Judy added. “ When you open up an old house you don’t know what you will find. That applies to materials that have to be matched or made to look like it carries on through the original home. My crew has been with me almost from day one and are very, very talented. We couldn’t be successful without this team.” Bluebonnet Renovators is located on the square at the old Gulf Station along with the Good Gulp coffee shop. For further information, see their advertisement on the back cover of this publication.

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Meet the Neighbors!

Visit these nearby treasures when you stay in Fayetteville.

REK HILL

Rek Hill lies along State Highway 159, four miles northeast of Fayetteville. Named after the Reks family who settled in the area, the community formerly had a church, school, a couple of businesses, and a handful of homes in the 1940s. Although the population is currently only 48, there are still several fantastic reasons to take the short drive. Baca’s 159 Junction is a family-friendly restaurant and full-bar, famous for serving up one of the best hamburgers in the state of Texas. Their cozy indoor/outdoor atmosphere has something for everyone. While you’re there, stop in at Rek Hill Distillery and let Rick Horne serve up some of the finest whiskey, vodka, and gin in their comfortable tasting room. Step-up to the handcrafted bar, made by Horne himself, and sip a glass or take a bottle or two home to enjoy later. Drive a short 8.4 miles southeast to Ellinger, a small community on Highway 71. While you’re there, stop in at Peter’s BBQ, a local legend, and ask for their barbecue stuffed baked potato, chopped beef sandwich or chicken plate. You’ll soon agree with the awards from all over the state that hang proudly on their dining room walls. More in the mood for breakfast? Head over to Hruska’s Store & Bakery and ask for a sauerkraut and sausage koblansky or a cream cheese kolache that will surely change your life.

ELLINGER

WARRENTON Warrenton, located on Highway 237 only 9.8 miles from Fayetteville, has a hidden gem that makes it worth the drive. St. Martin Catholic Church is the world’s smallest active worship Catholic Church and is located at 3490 S. Hwy 237, one mile east of Warrenton, and is open for visitors. Masses for the intentions left on the Altar are celebrated monthly. Please call 979-378-2277 for more information on the time and date of the monthly Masses. The 192-square-foot church has six pews and can accommodate approximately 20 people for Mass. History states that the church used to be much larger, however it was dismantled in 1915 to use the wood for a school building in Fayetteville. The tiny church was then reconstructed with the remaining lumber by parishioners in the original location overlooking the original cemetery.

Picture of St. Martin Catholic Church courtesy of Darren Brown, used with permission by Father Nock.

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