Taylor to blend history, fun Saturday

Heritage society plans full day of fun, food, winetasting, costumes

Characters in elegant period costumes from the 1840’s will greet visitors to Taylor on Saturday. Characters in elegant period costumes from the 1840’s will greet visitors to Taylor on Saturday. TAYLOR—Ingredients for having fun with history are basic and the folks with Taylor Conservation & Heritage Society have the recipe for a first-time event on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Take a feast on chicken marsala, wine tasting by Twin Liquors, a complimentary bottle of wine to take home and a slide show on historic Taylor. Mix in “characters” from Taylor and Williamson County dressed in period costume from the 1840’s, and you’ll have learned a great slice of Texas history.

It’s all offered for a nominal $55 per person. Proceeds will help save the 1935 Old City Hall, built by the Works Project Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression.

Guests are invited, but not required, to wear period attire as everyone joins in the fun of history through contests, scavenger hunts on site, prizes, and music.

“History, fun, dining, and dancing are part of this weekend package,” said Christina Davis, president of the Heritage Society.

“Enjoy old-time charm and ladies in elegant period dress,” she said. “Say hello to Colonel Easley and see his magnificent sword.”

Easley was an early settler who purchased 3,350 acres in the 1850's, was a farmer/rancher and built the first cotton gin in Williamson County.

Visitors can stay in the same home that former President Lyndon Johnson visited and have a glass of ice tea on the porch where he sat and enjoyed a sunset.

Visitor check-in will be at the Pecan Manor or the Heart to Heart bed and breakfasts, or the Best Western motel. Taylor restaurants will be open for lunch as will eclectic shops and antique stores.

Evening events will begin at 5:15 p.m. as the visitors travel to the Knights of Columbus Hall two miles east of downtown for a night of fun at a “Historical Tour of Taylor.”

Visitors can breakfast at their B&B the next day and then drive around Taylor to view historic homes.

Moody Museum, 114 West Ninth Street, is the boyhood home of the youngest governor of Texas, Dan Moody, and has been fully restored with some original heirlooms.

For information or tickets for the Historical Tour email, go to, or call 512-365-4625.

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