Mary Lou Watkins is a descendant of the Nutt Brothers, who helped found the town of Granbury, and was a key part of the fight to preserve the history of the town and ensure this history received proper recognition. The efforts she led resulted in the Granbury Town Square becoming the first one in Texas listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The statue of her is located on the town square she loved so much. She is a great example of how one person can make a difference.
There is a very nice Civil War Memorial located on the courthouse grounds. This one uses the common standing soldier motif and is dedicated to Brigadier General H. B. Granbury (for whom the town is named) and his soldiers.
This very interesting building of native stone was built by local contractor Jim Warren in 1893, for two blind brothers Jesse and Jacob Nutt. The Nutt Brothers were instrumental in the establishment of Granbury and its selection as the county seat of Hood County. They used this building as a grocery until 1919 when it became the "Nutt House Hotel" which was famed for its fine dining room. This is one time when going to the "Nutt house" was a good thing. It is part of the Granbury Historic District, and is located on the historic town square.
This home was constructed in 1879, plantation style, using cypress wood brought from East Texas via ox cart. The home was completed for David Lee Nutt who donated 40 acres for the original town site. The home was used as Hood County's first hotel and was nicknamed "The Nutt House". It was reconverted to a home in 1900. It is currently The Bridge Street History Center. They are installing exhibits and may be open as a museum soon.
This nice native stone building was the early site of the U. S. Post Office Building in Granbury. It was completed in the 1870s by Postmaster James C. Haynes, later used by postmaster Thomas A. Burns, then sold to Thomas T. Ewell a newspaperman who published an early history of Granbury. It is part of the Granbury Historic District, and is located on the historic town square.
As in many towns in Texas the development of Granbury was closely tied to the railroad. The first depot in Granbury was opened in 1887 when the railroad first arrived here. It was replaced in 1914 by this beautiful example of 20th-Century Texas rural stations. The station has been restored to its 1914 splendor and is open for tours. Hours are 12 PM to 4 PM on Tuesday and 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturday.
This building was built in 1885 by James Farr, and was sold in 1889 to the four Glenn Brothers who opened a grocery here in addition to their various other business interests. This building and the others nearby were repaired in 1891 after a fire and given the current Victorian Commercial style details. It is part of the Granbury Historic District, and is located on the historic town square.
This Victorian Commercial style building was completed in 1883 and opened as a private bank the same year. In 1887, the bank became the First National Bank. It is part of the Granbury Historic District, and is located on the historic town square.
This building housed the First Christian Church from its completion in 1889 until a new building was built in 1986. The building was then moved to this site for use as a concert hall for the Tarleton State University.
This building (the white one on the left), built in 1881, has been associated with a virtual who's who of Granbury businessmen and politicians. First, F. C. Bush (the city secretary and tax collector) ran a dry good store here; then for the next 72 years, the building was a drug store run by prominent physician Eugene H. Morgan and later, William H. Cherry mayor of Granbury and president of the bank. It is part of the Granbury Historic District, and is located on the historic town square.
This High Victorian Italianate style building was completed in 1882 as a dry goods store for John D. Baker and James H. Doyle. After Baker moved to Weatherford, Doyle became the sole owner of the building. Later occupants were a bank, doctors, dentists, and grocers. It is part of the Granbury Historic District, and is located on the historic town square.
This beautiful version of a Queen Anne style home was built by designer E. J. Holderness in 1905 for saloonkeeper and businessman Andy C. Aston. Aston's wife, Dorothy Ficklin Aston was known as a very friendly, gracious lady who was very active in church and community and frequently opened her home to community activities. Very nice house! There has been at least one report of a ghost here.
Granbury Live! offers theatrical productions, I think. When I was there the building had for sale signs on it. If you go to Granbury.com you get a website in Japanese. So I guess all I can say for sure is the building looks neat and is located on the historic town square. If it is closed, check out the Granbury Opera House.
The Granbury Opera House was built in 1886 and was one of the finest ones in this part of Texas. They still have musicals, plays and other theatrical productions here throughout the year. The opera house falls under the Texas Family Musicals organization.
Granbury has a large collection of buildings of historical and/or architectural interest 1 district and two separate buildings of which are listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The town square (buildings around the courthouse) was the first one in the state of Texas listed on the register. Many of the buildings were built around 1854 when Granbury started; but were replaced with buildings of native limestone in the 1880s.
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