Historic District, San Marcos
Another historic district of interest, especially to music lovers, is the Durham District. The district is named after Eddie Durham (father and son) who were both well-known jazz musicians. The district is a bit run down but is undergoing a revitalization program.
There are a couple of residential districts in San Marcos listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of these homes are on Belvin and Burleson Streets. One of the nicest is the old Kone-Cliett Home which is a derivative of the Queen Anne style of architecture and was built in 1890 for Edward R. Kone. Kone was the Hays County Attorney, a sheriff, a judge, and the superintendent of education. The home was sold to Oran W. Cliett, the postmaster, who lived here until 1958.
In addition to the Merriman Cabin the Charles S. Cock House is also located in Veramendi Park. The house was built in 1867 using vernacular Greek Revival style of architecture. Cock was a farmer and was the mayor of San Marcos from 1881 to 1883. This home is also open the first weekend in May during the Tour of Homes. They also have volunteers that serve a home cooked meal on Fridays from 11 AM to 1 PM.
In 1846, Dr. Eli T. Merriman, his wife and their 6 kids moved from Connecticut to San Marcos, Texas. Merriman fought in the Mexican War and was one of the first doctors in town. He and a few others laid out the town of San Marcos in 1851. This cabin is the one he built in 1846 in what is now downtown San Marcos. It was moved to Aquarena Springs in 1950 and was flooded on several occasions. It moved to its current home in Veramendi Park in 2002 and was restored to its original look. It is open for tours the first weekend in May during the Tour of Homes Event and by appointment. Admission is free.
San Marcos has more than its share of buildings and sites of historical and/or architectural interest. There are 3 historic districts and 37 individual locations in San Marcos listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These photos are from the area around the courthouse square.
Don't get out of I35 only to go to the outlet center, San Marcos has really the spirit of a small American town as I would have imagined it...