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BURTON Home of the Texas Cotton Gin Museum


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Some say we are in the middle of it all and yet still a hidden treasure. Burton is a charming, walkable town with friendly folks, deep history and an evolving story. We have much to offer with our great dining, shopping and services, local winery, nearby lake recreation and so many exceptional neighbors to enjoy while you are here.

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Halfway between Houston and Austin, we are close for an easy day trip or weekend escape. We invite you to come to see why we think it’s better in Burton!

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Susan S. Kiel, Secretary of Burton Chamber of Commerce and President of the Burton Heritage Society


Emily Henderson Reporter/Photographer Courtney Bell Copy Editor

In the City of Burton, we are defined less by boundaries on a map than by the sense of shared values our residents hold dear.

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Small town values, guided growth, preservation of historical, cultural, and natural heritage are just a few of the core principles that makes the City of Burton a wonderful place to call home.

Contributors Susie Tommany, Susan S. Kiel, Steph Jarvis, James Bethany, Chris Evans

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ANNIE MAUD AVIS: CARING FOR BURTON THROUGH ITS HISTORY KNOWN AS BURTON’S HISTORIAN, ANNIE MAUD MADE A LOCAL IMPACT FAR BEFORE SHE WAS PUBLISHED, AND HER COMMITMENT TO THE TOWN OF BURTON IS STILL FELT TODAY by Emily Henderson Annie Maud Knittel Avis, endearingly referred to as Maudie, was born on August 30, 1919 in a house across the street from what is now Burton High School. She was the second oldest girl of four children, growing up in times leading up to and during the Great Depression. Experiencing a simpler way of life in this era, she took interest in creek swimming, playing sports, and helping her father work cattle on horseback. In an interview done in 1991 by Anne Radford Phillips for the Family Life and Community History Project by Baylor University Institute for Oral History, Annie Maud reminisced, saying “My daddy always called me his cowboy.” Taking on a caretaker role in her youth, she first discovered her passion for service when a family horse Annie Maud Knittel Avis was gored in the flank by a big horn cow. This became her first patient, which was the summer before her senior year of high school. After that experience, she decided to prepare her final year of high school studies to pursue nursing. BURTON, TEXAS |


Above, Annie Maud’s books in the foreground, with the restored Burton Depot behind them.

historic roots In order to save money for the fifty-dollar entrance fee for RN training, Miss Annie Maud’s father planted cotton for her to tend during her last year of high school. Her brother and sisters helped her pick the cotton patch, and she sold it to the Burton Cotton Gin. Sealing her destiny, she received fifty dollars for her bale of cotton, and five dollars for the hulls. Mr. Arthur Broesche ginned it for her for free, stating she was the first woman to ever have a bale of cotton ginned at his gin! She graduated from Brenham High School in 1937, and began RN training at Seton Hospital in Austin, Texas that September. She completed the nursing program in 1940, working mostly in OB and surgery.

Tommie Avis, one of Annie Maud’s sons, revering the grave of Texas Ranger McNelly in Mount Zion Cemetery. He has helped his mother care for this cemetery since he was a little boy, and his mother’s passion for maintaining it lives on through him as he continues her legacy.

Annie Maud then wished to become a nurse anesthetist, but didn’t have the money to pay for more schooling. Eager to find a way to continue her medical training so she could better serve her community, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps on April 6, 1941. While WWII was well underway, Annie Maud was stationed at Camp Bowie in surgery, where she was trained in anesthesia. Upon her return to Burton in 1944, she was the first Nurse Anesthetist to ever serve the area. After her return, she managed to spearhead many projects and civil programs benefiting Burton including, but not limited to: purchasing the vacant Burton Grade School building and turning it into the Burton Nursing Home which was open from 1959 to 1969; selling some of that land to the city so the Burton water tower could be built; donating some of the nursing home land adjacent to the water tower to the Burton Fire Department; organizing the Burton Heritage Society and restoring the Burton Depot, which became the Heritage Society’s headquarters; performing research required to obtain many Historical Markers in the Burton area; cleaning the Mt. Zion Cemetery and making it accessible again after years of overgrowth had engulfed its historical contents; researching Burton history and writing the HISTORY OF BURTON Volume 1, published in 1974, and HISTORY OF BURTON Volume 2, published in 1985. Burton is forever grateful to Annie Maud Avis’ contribution to its historical preservation … not only did she help to document it, but she was an essential piece of it.

My daddy always called me his cowboy.

She now rests in Mt. Zion Cemetery next to her husband, Francis Roy Avis, who was a retired Captain in the Air Force. They met at Camp Bowie in 1942, and were married in 1943. They had three children.




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area attractions BURTON CITY PARKS - Fantastic outdoor spaces that are accessible yearround and where many area festivals are held. Visitors will enjoy picnic tables, a calming water fountain, playground and baseball fields. Everyone is welcome to sit and relax and enjoy the quiet country life. 12500 West Texas Street and 13025 West Washington Street 979-289-3402 | cityofburton-tx.gov

BURTON RAILROAD DEPOT & MUSEUM - In olden days, the importance of a depot, especially to a small town, cannot be overstated. It was the town's link to the rest of the world, communications headquarters (telegraph office), as well as a gathering place for the community. Countless travelers, bales of cotton and other agricultural products, cattle and lumber, as well as numerous tons of miscellaneous merchandise passed through this building during the many decades of its use as a depot. In May 1990, after being used for several different purposes, the Burton depot was moved back to its original location and restored, just before it turned 100 years old. 507 N Railroad Street | 979-803-0393 burtonheritagesociety.org


Must-see sites in Burton VISITORS WILL WANT TO DISCOVER ALL OF THESE BURTON GEMS INDIAN CREEK NATURE AREA & WALKING TRAIL - A beautifully wooded natural area that is located behind the Texas Cotton Gin Museum in Burton. There is a grassed picnic area and table, a bat box and a wooden bridge to a nature area along Indian Creek which sometimes runs with a small waterfall. Just below the Texas Cotton Gin Museum |512-924-9003 |txmn.org BURTON, TEXAS |


Above, Indian Creek Nature Area in Burton has walking trails and picnic areas wating for you. Photo by Lori OlivarezLigues.

area attractions LA BAHIA TURN VEREIN HALL - On July 5, 1879, 48 German settlers organized the La Bahia Turn Verein for phyisical and spiritual benefits and promotion of social life. This historic building situated under sprawling oaks is idea for parties, receptions, reunions and weddings. The dance hall seats up to 600 people comfortably and is available for weddings, reunions, receptions and dances. The more recent air-conditioned addition is perfect for smaller gatherings of up to 300 people. 550 Highway 237 | 979-289-2684

TEXAS INDEPENDENCE TRAIL - Burton is situated along the Texas Independence Trail. Travellers are encouraged to experience the spirit of Texas through the story—our fight—for independence. The events that make up the saga for Texas' independence are some of the most legendary events told and recognized throughout the world. Highway 290 www.texasindependencetrail.com

OTHER AREA ATTRACTIONS • Texas Cotton Gin Museum - 307 North Main Street Burton • Nails Creek State Park - 6280 FM 180 Ledbetter • Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway - 14222 Park Road 57, Somerville • U.S. Corps of Engineers: Lake Somerville -Rocky Creek, 10550 Rocky Creek Park Road, Burton and Yegua Creek Park 12563 Yegua Creek Park Road, Burton

From top, Burton Railroad Depot and Museum; La Bahia Turn Verein Hall; the playground at Burton City Park. All photos by Lori Olivarez-Ligues.



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Top left, The Texas Cotton Gin Museum is a landmark in Burton; bottom left, tours are both fun and educational; above, Tynan Shadle talks to visitors about how the gin works. Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and admission is free. Gin tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tours are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Group rates are available.

Burton Cotton Gin History by Steph Jarvis, Museum Director, Texas Cotton Gin Museum photography by Emily Henderson

The Texas Cotton Gin Museum, Inc. (formerly Operation Restoration, Inc. and then Burton Cotton Gin & Museum, Inc.) was founded as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1986 to save the historic Burton Farmers Gin from demolition. The fully documented Burton Farmers Gin has been widely recognized as the best operational example remaining in the nation of an early, fully automated systems gin still in its original historic setting. Built in 1914, it stands as a testament to the era of King Cotton. Guided by the Smithsonian and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and other advisors, dedicated volunteers restored the 1925 Bessemer twin-type IV oil engine that still powers the gin. The gin has been designated a National Historic Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1994). It is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (1988) and

is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (1991). Other historic buildings on the museum campus include the historic Wehring Shoe Shop and the Burton Farmers Gin Cotton Warehouse. Many of the individuals that were an integral part of ORI, Inc. continued on with the newly formed Burton Cotton Gin & Museum, Inc. in 1999. In 2009 the Burton Cotton Gin Museum was designated the Official Cotton Gin Museum of Texas by the 81st Texas State Legislature. In February, 2011 the name was changed to the Texas Cotton Gin Museum to honor the new designation. The Museum’s mission is to keep the legacy of cotton alive for all generations through the maintenance and preservation of the 1914 Burton Farmers Gin – the oldest operating cotton gin in America.



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The Engine that Could

From top, the Bessemer Type IV engine; Steph Jarvis conducts a tour for a group of visitors at the museum; cotton was king in Burton and still is today. The Texas Cotton Gin Museum is located at 307 North Main Street.

BESSEMER TYPE IV ENGINE STILL RUNNING TODAY by Tynan Shadle, Programs Coordinator, Texas Cotton Gin Museum photography by Emily Henderson Every cotton gin needs a source of power. Over the years many methods were used including hand, livestock, and water power. The Burton Farmers Gin originally had a steam engine in 1914. Over the next 11 years, the steam engine supplied power to the Gin. The engine performed its job but by 1924, the BFGA was looking for a new option. After experiencing rust issues and the high cost of fuel, the stockholders of the BFGA instructed the directors to install an oil machine. After much debate, a Bessemer Type IV, from the Bessemer Gas Engine Co. was chosen. The investment in the Bessemer Type IV was a good one. From 1925-1963 the engine was the primary power source for the Burton Farmers Gin. Sometime, during the ginning season of 1962, the Bessemer experienced a breakdown. The engine was brought back on line, but trust in the Bessemer had faltered. In 1963, an Allis Chalmers Electric Motor was purchased and the Bessemer became the backup source of power. When the Burton Farmers Gin closed in 1974, the Bessemer along with the gin lay dormant for the next 12 years. Then, in the mid 1980s, interest in the gin and engine was renewed. After the discovery that the Burton Farmers Gin was intact, Doug Hutchinson contacted the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. The Smithsonian came to Burton and after thoroughly cataloging the structure and its equipment and issued a challenge to the community. If the gin and Bessemer Engine could be returned to working condition, the Burton Farmers Gin would be the Oldest Operating Cotton Gin in the country! After sitting dormant for more than a decade, a lot of work was needed to restore the Bessemer to working condition. This project fell to a dedicated group of volunteers and on February 29, 1992, the engine roared back to life. In 1993, the first bale of cotton was ginned since the gin closed in 1974, with the Bessemer supplying the power. Every year since at the annual Burton Cotton Gin Festival, the Bessemer has roared to life as the Burton Farmers Gin fires up for its ginning run. You can also see the engine run on the first Saturday of every month, and the museum is now offering classes to folks who are interested in learning to run the engine.



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Festivals, Gatherings, Fun MARCH


» Burton Park Project Crawfish Boil » Burton Volunteer Fire Department Stuff the Boot » Farmer's Artisans & Market - March-November » Texas Ranger Day

» BBM Camp Hope » Sons of the Legion Burton Cotton Gin Classic Car Show

APRIL Alumni Baseball game Antique Festival Burton Cotton Gin Festival Long Life Brotherhood Club Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday before Easter » Sons of American Legion BBQ Chicken Meal » Spring Trade Days » » » »

MAY » Burton High School Graduation » Long Life Brotherhood Club City Wide Garage Sale

JULY » Burton American Legion Fourth of July Celebration » St. John’s United Church of Christ Vacation Bible School AUGUST » Long Life Brotherhood Club – First of August Celebration – First weekend SEPTEMBER » St. John’s United Church of Christ Homecoming » Washington County Fair - Brenham OCTOBER » Antique Festival » Burton Elementary PTO Fall Festival » Burton Pumpkin Patch



» Burton Volunteer Fire Department Fireman's Feast » Burton Volunteer Fire Department Stuff the Boot » Fall Trade Days » Trick or Treat Trail NOVEMBER » Big Star Texas Night » St. John’s United Church of Christ Annual Turkey Dinner DECEMBER » Burton American Legion Drive-Thru – Third Thursday » Burton Christmas Market » St. John’s United Church of Christs Christmas Cantata

Top, vendors line the streets during the Burton Cotton Gin Festival. Photo courtesy James Bethany.

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by Steph Jarvis, Museum Director, Texas Cotton Gin Museum History’s alive at the Official Cotton Gin Museum of Texas, home of the oldest operating cotton gin in America. The Burton Farmers Gin is powered by a 1925 Bessemer engine, the largest of its vintage still operating in the United States. Recognized by the ASME, Smithsonian Institution, National Trust for Historic Preservation and National Register of Historic Places, museum guests are transported to an era that defined the American Spirit. Thousands of visitors from around the world tour the historic cotton gin where it has stood since 1914. Exhibits highlighting tools, equipment and photographs make the history of cotton come to life for all ages. Educational programs are available for school groups. Docent guided tours are available daily that last approxamately 60 to 90 minutes. The Museum Store has gifts for all ages and occasions offering books, t-shirts, caps, souvenirs, cotton bales, cotton boll angels, cotton boll wreaths and many other items that make shopping a treat. Daily tours offer visitors a fun and educational presentation on cotton where they discover its impact on Texas and American history, and learn how the seeds are separated from the soft white fibers. Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and admission is free. Gin tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tours are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Group rates are available.

From top a grand parade kicks off the Burton Cotton Gin Festival; the antique tractor show is always a hit with festivalgoers of all ages; live music keeps toes tapping at the festival. Photos courtesy James Bethany.



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RANGER DAY Looking for some Texas history, food, and fun? The Burton Heritage Society has you covered with the annual Texas Ranger Day at the Burton Railroad Depot every March. Celebrate Burton’s history with an afternoon of activities including tasty food at the Annie Maud Avis Memorial Fajita and Bean cookoff, live action by the Old West Rangers, demonstrations by the Legends of the Texas Rangers, folklife demonstrations including blacksmithing and chuckwagon cooking, kids activities, mule driven buggy rides, and tours of the historic Railroad Depot, as well as the Burton Farmers Cotton Gin. Proceeds are used for restoration of the Mt. Zion Historical Chapel. For more information visit www.burtonheritagesociety.org.

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Top, the flag is raised at Texas Ranger Day; bottom, vendors, demonstrations, and kids activities are just some of the fun to be found. Photos courtesy James Bethany.

Looking for a night out with great Texas music in an awesome Texas Dance Hall? The Burton Area Chamber of Commerce along with Burton Friends & Neighbors are hosts for the annual “Big Star Texas Night” in November at the historic La Bahia Turn Verein and Dance Hall. The La Bahia Turn Verein and Dance Hall is located at 550 Hwy 237 in Burton. Visit www.burtontexas.org/bigstartexasnight for more information or to purchase tickets online. If you prefer to purchase your tickets in person, they are available at the Texas Cotton Gin Museum at 307 North Main Street in Burton. For more information visit www.burtontexas.org/bigstartexasnight. Photo courtesy James Bethany. BURTON, TEXAS |



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ALPACAS ENJOY 60-ACRE RANCH IN BURTON, VISITORS WELCOME by Michelle Banse Stokes, photography by Emily Henderson The superior quality of alpaca fiber has long been ladies groups, as well as families and individuals. This recognized for its strength, warmth and incredible weekend we had two scout troops visit.” softness. In addition to the superior fiber quality, alpacas Currently Peeka Ranch is home to 68 alpacas in various also bring real joy to people as colors and ages, with little ones naturally gentle creatures. At Peeka joining the herd all the time. Ranch, LaNell McMahon’s love and understanding of her herd is evident “There was one born yesterday,” People are in the way she talks about them and shared LaNell. “A medium fawn shares them with visitors to her and welcome to come female. We’re thrilled to report that her husband’s 60-acre ranch. she’s doing great.”

out and feed them.

“People are welcome to come out and feed them,” said LaNell. “There is an admission fee and visits are scheduled by appointment only. We’ve had school groups, senior groups, church and

La Nell and her husband, Philip, haven’t always been alpaca ranchers. The McMahon’s love for them was discovered while on vacation in New Hampshire over 15 years ago.



fluffy friends “We were visiting my brother-in-law and sister-in-law,” added LaNell. “She got started with alpaca fiber and one of her friends raised them. We went over to pick up yarn and I was very intrigued by them. They’re very laid back and curious and they love kids. Alpacas all have their own personalities.” Alpaca fleece is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca. They are typically shorn once a year in the spring. The alpaca has a very fine and light fleece. It does not retain water, is a thermal insulator even when wet and can resist solar radiation effectively. These characteristics guarantee the alpacas an appropriate coat to protect against extreme changes of temperature. This fiber offers the same protection to people. “It contains no oils and is hypoallergenic,” said LaNell. “It is also water resistant and flame retardant.” Peeka Ranch is located at 13350 FM 389 in Burton and online at www.peekaranch.com. Visitors are reminded that appointments are required before visiting.



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A Family Legacy BURTON'S MATSON PARK TO BECOME COMMUNITY MUSEUM AND VENUE by Michelle Banse Stokes photography by Emily Henderson Chris Evans is on a mission in Burton. He’s spearheaded a project to breathe new life into Matson Park, a site with a rich history spanning over 150 years. The land was originally purchased March 22, 1868 by Mose Matson of Burton, who contributed $100 towards the purchase. The down payment was $35 with a note of $65 per month for 12 months at 10% interest. The United Brothers of Friendship, Lodge #55 used the site until 1937. In 1940 Glen and Bessie Jackson organized The Long Life Brotherhood Club at the same location. Charter members included Henry Alford, Jerry Guyton, Jim Guyton, Tobe Solomon, Philip Solomon, Lonnie Watson, and Dan McGowan.

They started here with just a tent in 1868.

Today Evans has a calling to clean up the park and refurbish the hall for the benefit of the entire community. Although the task of refurbishing the two and a half acre lot with a historic structure is daunting, he has a lot of motivation. Evans has a family legacy to uphold. “My great grandfather, Henry Alford, was one of the founding members of The Long Life Brotherhood Club,” said Evans. “They started here with just a tent in 1868. They built the building in 1941 and became masons. The founders were sharecroppers and when they got their cotton crops done, they came here.”


Above, Chris Evans displays a 1995 newspaper article of his relatives, John and Mary Alford picking cotton by hand at the age of 80 and 70, respectively; bottom, the hall at Matson Park.


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At the end of the cotton harvest, the group threw a celebration that was named “The First of August.” It would be held annually on the first weekend in August and was attended by both residents and those that had moved away. It was a homecoming reunion for all. Evans wants to give people a way to come together today to learn about the history and give the park new purpose.

“I put God first and that’s how I do it,” added Evans. “I cannot do anything without Him.” Matson Park is located at 12419 West Branch Street. Donations may be made to The Long Life Brotherhood Club at Citizens State Bank in Burton. Above, the hall is in the process of being restored. A historical marker is also being sought. Left, the interior of the hall is also undergoing renovations to serve the entire community of Burton.

“I want to turn it into a museum,” shared Evans. “Everyone will be able to come out and tour the place or use it for weddings and family reunions. This is my way of giving back to the community. I also have a goal of getting ‘The First of August’ event going again. A church picnic plan is also in the works. We’ll invite all the churches in the area and have every pastor in the area bless this place. We are working on acquiring a historical marker, as well. We have most of the necessary documents together, in addition to pictures of my grandfather picking cotton and a few items I have discovered in and around the hall.” Evans is grateful to everyone that is helping him along in this venture and recognizes that he could not do this large scale project on his own. BURTON, TEXAS |


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Some Kind of Wonderful BRIDGE MINISTRY OF BURTON BRINGS THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER by Susie Tommaney, Bookkeeper/Volunteer, Bridge Ministry of Burton photography by Emily Henderson Deep in the heart of Texas, where the back roads end, something wonderful is happening in the quaint little town of Burton. What began as a kernel of an idea by 13 inspired churches has blossomed into a thriving ministry, where hundreds of volunteers work together to make life better for their neighbors as it builds a bridge between racial, cultural, educational, and economic divisions within the community,

Perhaps the biggest example of bridge-building can be found in the ministry’s boutique-style thrift store, just around the corner from the White Horse Tavern. We’ve all felt the need to clean out our closets from time to time, and The Corner Shoppe displays those donations of clothing, shoes and home goods in a welcoming environment. We can’t tell who has more fun: the volunteers who sort, price and merchandise behind the scenes, or those who greet customers and share their joy at fabulous finds. But maybe it’s the lucky shopper who discovers that missing place setting to complete grandmother’s china set, the perfect Sundaygo-to-meeting Above, Gloria outfit, or a gently Niday, left, used percolator. and Laurell

We’ll put out the word that somebody needs a stove and folks just step up to help.

“It truly brings my heart joy to see the community come together.” says Taylor Whittaker, Executive Director. “We will have somebody drop by with farm-fresh eggs for our pantry, just finish folding some donated clothes, and before the day is over, a client will walk in needing both of those items. We’ll put out the word that somebody needs a stove and folks just step up to help.”

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Smith welcome shoppers at The Corner Shoppe.

local spotlight through Facebook Marketplace — helping to fund the ministry’s programs — or given to neighbors experiencing an economic crisis. Fridays are for fellowship, when the 55 and up crowd gathers for games, camaraderie, and a rousing game of Bingo with candy coated prizes. But save dessert for last because a hot lunch is served at noon, cooked with love by one of the volunteer chefs or catered by a local eatery. Another team of volunteers takes those same hot lunches out to seniors and the disabled, bringing a fresh, smiling face to homebound neighbors. But the most exciting new development is the ministry’s new Client Choice Pantry in the center of town. Folks from all over Washington County stop by for fresh and seasonal produce, to check out the job board, sign up for benefits, or access computers. It does all sound wonderful, doesn’t it? Why don’t you mosey on down and see for yourself. We’ll leave the porch light on. The Corner Shoppe thrift store is open ThursdaysSaturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at 307 North Brazos. The Client Choice Pantry is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon; and Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at 601 North Main. Their administrative office is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 979-337-3370 or visit burtonbridgeministry.org.

From top, The Corner Shoppe displays those donations of clothing, shoes and home goods in a welcoming environment; middle, Bridge Ministry of Burton serves as a matchmaker between those who have and those who have not; bottom, the welcoming front porch of The Corner Shoppe; left, The Client Choice Food Pantry allows for a normal shopping experience.



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Dine in Burton Whether you're craving Tex-Mex, a sizzling steak, or a mouth-watering burger ... Burton has what you're craving! Blue Willow Cafe 12513 West Washington Street 979-289-0222 Brazos Belle Restaurant 600 North Main Street 979-289-2677 Burton Short Stop 12400 FM 390 West 979-289-0040 Cotton Pickin’ Kitchen 13200 Highway 290 West 979-289-2121 JW’s Steakhouse 122 South Hauptstrasse Street, Carmine 979-278-4240 Los Patrones 12607 West Washington Street 979-289-0111 Neon Moon Coffee 12510 West Texas Street 281-740-7433 Rohan Meadery 6002 FM 2981, La Grange 979-249-5652 Saddlehorn Winery 958 FM 1948 North 979-289-3858

From top, Blue Willow Cafe, Los Patrones, The Brazos Belle Inn.

White Horse Tavern 400 North Main Street 979-277-5768 BURTON, TEXAS |



Shop in Burton Antiques, gifts and more ... oh my! Burton is the place to shop 'till you drop! Bayberry’s Antiques 12408 East Texas Street 956-393-7151 Only open during the antique festival. Blissful Folly Farm & Rohan Meadery 6002 FM 2981 La Grange 979-249-5652 Bootleggers Antiques & Unique Doors 13129 Highway 290 West 979-251-2982 Buck Up Marketplace 115 East Thigpen Carmine 979-451-8725

Burton Short Stop 12400 FM 390 West 979-289-0020 or 979-289-0040

Neon Moon Coffee 12510 West Texas Street 281-740-7433

Corner Shoppe 601 North Main Street 979-289-2223

Saddlehorn Winery 958 FM 1948 North 979-289-3858

Junk Gypsy 1215 South Highway 237 Round Top 979-249-5865

Trees of Central Texas 10050 Highway 36 North, Brenham 979-836-7225 Tx JunkR 12607 West Washington 281-785-3785

Leftovers Antiques 3900 Highway 290 West Brenham 979-830-8496 Malloy’s Automotive Specialties 13200 Highway 290 West 979-289-2121 BURTON, TEXAS |


Above, shoppers look at jewelry selections at the Corner Shoppe.


Stay in Burton Choose a quaint bed and breakfast, guesthouse or bring your RV and stay awhile! You'll need time to explore all the area has to offer. Burton Belle LLC 810 North Brazos Street 713-306-6921 Burton Ranch House info@BurtonRanchHouse.com 239-462-2632

Mount Vernon Oaks 6841 Mount Vernon Road Brenham 281-793-9943

Shady Oaks 9755 FM 390 West 979-289-2012

Pigs Fly & Co. Guest House 12410 East Texas Street 512-423-1963

Texas Country Guesthouse 7103 Old Mill Creek Road Brenham 936-539-8911

Prairie Hill Farm B&B 4356 FM 2679 703-306-5766

Texas Tin House 12400 East Texas Street 361-946-7488

Inn at Indian Creek 2460 Boehnemann Road 361-935-5343

Prairie Wind Farm 4507 Havemann Road, Carmine 979-278-3208

La Primavera Farm Barn Apartment 4640 FM 1948 North 979-203-1796

Rollin’ N Storage & RV Park 880 Highway 237 281-844-7313

The Roost at Flown the Coop 701 North Main Street 937-215-4732 www.2flownthecoop.com

Greenwood Acres Guest House info@greenwoodacresguesthouse. com 239-462-2632



Above from left, Pigs Fly & Co. Guest House, Texas Tin House, Inn at Indian Creek.


Worship in Burton Everyone is welcome at all of these area churches. Call ahead to check on changes in worship times, particularly around holidays. Bethany Christian Church 8955 Christian Cemetery Road 979-289-2941 Worship Sunday 9am

Greenvine Emmanuel Lutheran Church 6700 Wickel Road 979-836-8156 Worship Sunday 10am

ChristWay Temple Full Gospel Baptist Church 100 South Main Street 979-251-2849 Worship Sunday 9am

Hollowspring Baptist Church 220 South Brazos Street 979-661-0928 Worship Sunday 8:30am

First Baptist Church 920 North Colorado Street at FM 390 979-289-2061 Worship Sunday 11am & 6pm

St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg 4450 FM 1948 North 979-289-3896 Worship Sunday 10am

Greenvine Baptist Church 5010 FM 2502 979-836-8058 Worship Sunday 11am

St. John’s United Church of Christ 516 North Colorado Street 979-289-2485 Worship Sunday 8am & 10am BURTON, TEXAS |


burton chamber of commerce service providers ADVERTISING/ MARKETING Brand It Graphix 2507 Becker Drive, Brenham 979-203-7159 Busy Bee Inspirations, LLC 239-462-2632 KC Marketing Services 713-818-2286 ADVISORS & CONSULTING Transworld Business Advisors of College Station 1716 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan 979-599-5200 APPRAISALS Market Appraisals 979-830-7708 AUCTIONS Buck Up Auctions 115 East Thigpen, Carmine 979-451-8725 REBids Sales 615 North Main Street 979-830-7708 AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SERVICE Goldberg’s Garage 308 North Main Street 979-203-1204 Malloy’s Automotive Specialties 13200 Highway 290 West 979-289-2121 BEAUTY SUPPLIES Mary Kay Cosmetics MJ Zorn, Independent Consultant 979-421-2716




Mike Hopkins Distributing 1751 Highway 290 West, Brenham 979-836-2022

Neon Moon Coffee 12510 West Texas Street 281-740-7433

Buck Up Auctions 115 East Thigpen, Carmine 979-451-8725


Red Roof Sales 6326 Rehburg Road 979-421-2762

CATERING 4S Meats and Eats 979-251-1416 Blue Willow Cafe 12513 West Washington Street 979-289-0222

Computer Helpers 2303 South Day Street Brenham 979-836-6098 CONSTRUCTION

Doug’s Cheesecakes 979-716-9535

ACL Construction 979-251-1232

Sandtown Catering 6108 Old Loewe Lane Carmine 979-277-5023

Baylor Lumber & Building Co. 310 West Washington Street Navasota 936-825-3356


H & H Construction 11701 Old Landua Road 512-285-0992

JRS Cattle & Ranch 5405 Wilhelm Lane 979-451-3590 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Carmine Chamber of Commerce 248 East Sylvan, Carmine 979-278-4200

Lucherk’s Services, LLC 3855 Highway 36 North, STE 100, Brenham 979-289-5531 Rock Crushers, Inc. 7000 FM 390 West 979-289-3768

Round Top Chamber of Commerce 205 South Live Oak Street, Round Top 979-249-4042

RWG Construction Management, Inc. 307 South Baylor Street Brenham 979-836-7176

Washington County Chamber of Commerce 314 South Austin Street Brenham 979-836-3695

EDUCATION Burton ISD 701 North Railroad Street 979-289-3131



Tiny Treasures 919 North Colorado Street 979-277-2689

Kountry Chick Karaoke 713-818-2286

EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER Petroleum Materials, LLC 16600 Highway 290 West 713-230-8990 FINANCIAL Citizen State Bank 515 North Main Street 979-289-3151 Round Top State Bank 301 North Washington Round Top 979-249-3151 FUEL Burton Short Stop 12400 FM 390 West 979-289-0020 or 979-289-0040 Malloy’s Automotive Specialties 13200 Highway 290 West 979-289-2121 GLASS SALES & SERVICE Quality Glass 150 FM 1948 Road North 979-451-0281 GRAPHIC DESIGN 401 Creative Group 105 East Main Street, STE 109 Brenham 979-836-7623 James Bethany Design 713-408-1788

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State Farm Insurance Jamie Morgan, LUTCF, Agent 225-802-9934

Phil More Secure 979-978-7445

Dynamic Drains Plumbing & Drain Experts, LLC 979-530-5256

Busy Bee Inspirations, LLC 239-462-2632



Portable Buildings of Brenham 10050 Highway 36 North Brenham 979-836-7225

Turn Baby Turn 979-551-2965


Bluebonnet Electric Coop Inc. 800-842-7708

Wellmann Insurance Agency, Inc. Spencer Kunkel, Agent 103 East Academy Street Brenham 979-836-3613 WoodmenLife Christine Muehlbrad 979-525-5048

MUSEUMS AND PARKS Burton Heritage Society 507 North Railroad Street 979-803-0393 Nails Creek Park 6280 FM 180, Ledbetter 979-289-2392


Texas Cotton Gin Museum 307 North Main Street 979-289-3378

Rise Broadband 979-251-4078



Boys & Girls Club of Washington County 1710 East Tom Green Street Brenham 979-277-9373

Trees of Central Texas 10050 Highway 36 North Brenham 979-836-7225 Washington County Landscapes 4579 Hwy 290 W, Brenham 979-353-0955 LAND SURVEYING Blakey Land Surveying 4650 Wilhelm Lane 979-289-3900 LIBRARY Round Top Family Library 206 West Mill Street Round Top 979-249-2700 LIVE MUSIC Rohan Meadery 6002 FM 2981, La Grange 979-249-5652 White Horse Tavern 400 North Main Street 979-277-5768

Burton American Legion 13100 West Washington Street 979-203-8119 Burton Bridge Ministry 601 North Main Street 979-289-2223 Burton Friends & Neighbors 979-289-2905 OIL AND GAS Aspen Midstream 10356 Old Mill Creek Road Brenham 979-353-1959 PEST CONTROL Acme Pest Control 979-451-1511 PHOTOGRAPHY Photos by Gabri 979-277-8687

Show Daily Magazine 6231 West Highway 159 La Grange 979-249-4149 Trips Publications, LLC 406 West Main Street, STE 105, Weimar 979-725-3080 REAL ESTATE Buck Up Real Estate 115 East Thigpen, Carmine 979-451-8725 Diane Horstman Market Realty 239-462-2632 Market Realty, Inc. 615 North Main Street 979-289-2159 Southern District Properties 979-530-2714 SECURITY Easy Access Technologies, Inc. 871 Oevermann Road 281-223-8862 STORAGE Rollin’ N Storage & RV 820 Texas 237 281-844-7313





City of Burton 12200 East Mulberry Street 979-289-3400 VETERINARY SERVICES Brenham Veterinary Hospital 2455 Highway 290 West Brenham 979-836-2472 WATER WELL SERVICE Harvey’s Water Wells 3405 Highway 290 West Brenham 979-836-2682 JB Water Wells 14440 Highway 290 West 979-830-0625 WEDDING VENUE Lacey Farms Lavender Farm & Wedding Venue 4504 FM 390 West 832-754-6756 WINERIES Rohan Meadery 6002 FM 2981, La Grange 979-249-5652 Saddlehorn Winery 958 FM 1948 North 979-289-3858

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Stay in Burton Awhile

Welcome to the City of Burton. Life here is enhanced by the preservation of our local history and the enjoyment of today. Our community combines agriculture, industry, history, civic activities, recreation and countless other events for a wholesome and fulfilled lifestyle, making it an ideal place to raise a family and grow your business. Photo by James Bethany. The following information should help ease the transition of moving into the area for new residents: Telephone (landline) - Frontier Communications Residential 1-800-921-8101; Business 1-800-921-8102. Electric Service - Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative 800-842-7708 Water and Sewer Utilities and Garbage Services The City of Burton provides water and sewer services to residents within the city limits. Our service area does not exceed one half mile outside of the limits of Burton. Contact City Hall to set up your connections and utility account. 979-289-3402

Education - Burton Independent School District 979-289-3131 Internet Providers - Broadwaves; ZochNet; HughesNet CITY HALL City Hall is open from Tuesday through Thursday from 9am-ish until 2:30pm-ish daily. It's always a good idea to call before driving out to see us. Life's a little more laid back in the country. City of Burton 12200 E. Mulberry St. Spur 125 P.O. Box 255 Burton , TX 77835 979-289-3402 cityofburton-tx.gov



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Meet the Neighbors

CARMINE - The Carmine Chamber of Commerce creates an exciting and fun-filled evening with a decorated Casino Night at Carmine Hall with local dealers for Black Jack, Craps, Money Wheel, Texas Hold’Em, and more. Winners recieve great prizes! Tables and individual tickets are sold for a sit-down evening meal and live entertainment. It’s a busy night held on the second Saturday of August.

ROUND TOP - Only 10 miles away, Round Top is worth the short drive the next time you stay in Burton. It might be the twice-a-year antiques show that originally put the small town of Round Top on the map, but there’s plenty more to do all year long. They’ve got a little something for everyone - fine dining, fantastic art, unique shops and great places to explore. Chartered in 1870, and with a population of a whopping 90 people, Round Top is full of small-town Texas charm. BRENHAM - What does Blue Bell ice cream, live music, wineries, award winning barbecue, comfy beds and long strolls on historic streets have in common? They are just a few things you will discover when you

take the 11-mile drive east down Highway 290 from Burton. Prepare yourself for inspiration around every corner— look for the giant, modern murals that adorn Brenham’s historic buildings. LAKE SOMERVILLE - Four units make up Lake Somerville State Park. Birch Creek Unit is on the north side of the lake, while Nails Creek Unit is on the southwest side. The 13-mile Lake Somerville Trailway connects the two units. Birch Creek and Nails Creek offer access to the lake for fishing, boating, paddling and swimming. On land at either unit, you can camp, picnic, hike, ride mountain bikes, geocache, and go birding. Visitors can also explore miles of multiuse trails. Anglers here reel in hybrid, largemouth and white bass, crappie and catfish. You don’t need a fishing license to fish from shore or jetty in a state park, but you will need one to fish from a boat. Birch Creek has a fishing jetty. Top photo, Round Top's Cisco Village. Photo by Lori Olivarez-Ligues. Inset, Blue Bell Creameries in located in Brenham.



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