Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bastrop Christian Church

This door leads into Bastrop Christian Church in Bastrop, Texas.  When I first saw the church from a distance I immediately thought of the churches and buildings of New England.  Imagine my surprise when the plaque by the door described this building as being in a New England Victorian style!

The church was founded sometime before 1857. Members met in the courthouse until a rock church building was built on this site in 1867.  The New England Victorian building was completed in 1895. 
Bastrop was established in 1832 when Stephen F. Austin located 100 families in this area.  In 1834 the name was changed to Mina.  The town was incorporated under the laws of Texas on December 18, 1837, and the name changed back to Bastrop. 
The building on the right is their education building.  It was built just a few years ago, but is such a sensitive addition it looks like it was built at the same time as the church.
This is the peaceful courtyard between the two buildings. 
The wind vane also reminded me of New England!

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