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4 Georgetown Texas History Highlights

Red Poppies Festival in Georgetown, Texas

Georgetown, Texas has always been a lovely place to call home – set amongst the gently rolling grasslands that lead to the Texas Hill Country and enhanced in its beauty by the San Gabriel River.

1. Rolling Plains and Rivers

The first settlers to the area were the Tonkawa Indians who hunted buffalo on the rolling plains throughout Central Texas, and the San Gabriel River provided a stable source of fresh water, small game and good fishing. European settlers eventually arrived from Germany, Sweden, and Czechoslovakia, and the San Gabriel river provided the same bounty for these new people as it had for its first settlers.

2. Lake Georgetown

Georgetown is a place of long history and charming space that officially became a town in 1848 when George Washington Glasscock donated land on the banks of the San Gabriel River. An epic hurricane and residual flooding in 1921 resulted in the impounding of the San Gabriel River and eventually led to the creation of Lake Georgetown, which opened in 1979. Today the lake and the river provide a beautiful backdrop and lots of recreation options that include hunting, fishing, boating, and camping for the residents of Central Texas.

3. 19th Century Charm

Even with steady population growth throughout the years, Georgetown has managed to maintain its 19th Century charm. The Victorian architecture (49 homes on the historic register) provides the perfect setting for easy evening strolls into the past through historic neighborhoods on beautiful fall evenings. Or, enjoy a lovely spring afternoon wandering through the oldest university in Texas. For 175 years, Southwestern University has educated Texans and prepared them for the future amongst grand architecture and emerging history.

4. Red Poppies

Each April as wildflowers bloom, red poppies emerge and Georgetown gathers to celebrate with the annual Red Poppy Festival. Seeds from poppies in Europe were sent to Georgetown right after World War I when Henry Purl Compton sent them to his mother. She planted them at her home near 507 East 7th Street. From there, they were spread (by birds, bees, and people!) down the river and over much of Old Town. The poppies have been a part of Georgetown’s landscape for over seventy years. They grow naturally throughout streets and highways, in vacant lots and parklands, and right in the yards of its citizens. Georgetown is one of the few places in the United States where red poppies reseed themselves naturally from year to year.

In addition to the rich history and beautiful surroundings, it’s the people that make Georgetown, Texas truly remarkable. A real-life Mayberry where people still smile and wave passing each other on the street, you can’t help but slow down and enjoy the charm of small-town living!

And with the blissful freedom of lock and leave convenience afforded you by living in a low maintenance garden home or villa at Gardens at Verde Vista, you’ll have more time than ever to enjoy everything this magical city has to offer!

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