It’s no secret that Georgetown is one of Texas’ most beautiful small towns. But it wouldn’t be that way without the town’s commitment to preserving its historical heritage.
Founded in 1848, Georgetown was originally a rough and tumble frontier town. However, in the 1870s things began to change. Southwestern University was established on the edge of town in 1873 and a railroad appeared in 1878. Merchants and settlers began to prosper and the town experienced a “Golden Age” of economic development between 1880 and 1910.
Today much of the Victorian architecture from that era still survives in downtown Georgetown. In 1976 a local ordinance was passed to recognize and protect the historic central business district. In 1977 the Williamson County Courthouse District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
During the 1980s, Georgetown participated in the National Main Street Program through the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Over the next decades community leaders, business owners and preservation professionals came together to reinvest in the historic heritage of the city and restore the old downtown buildings. Their efforts were so successful that in 1997, Georgetown was named a Great American Main Street Award Winner.
So the next time you’re in downtown Georgetown make sure to check out the Williamson County Courthouse, a prime example of neoclassical architecture which was restored to its full splendor in 2007. While you’re there you probably won’t be able to miss the old Masonic Lodge with its majestic onion dome spire or the Evans Building with his hand-hewn limestone in the Romanesque Revival style.
At Water Oak, we’re proud to be a part of a community which takes so much pride in its historic heritage. To learn more about other Georgetown historical sites and to keep up-do-date with the latest happenings at Water Oak, sign up for our newsletter.