Williamson County
Texas History


Georgetown, Texas History

History -  est. 1848


Population: 36,462 (2004)


View of the city from Austin Street and 11th Street, 1886. The water tower was used by the local fire department and the fourth county courthouse is visible on the horizon. Georgetown, the county seat for Williamson County. Many businesses, Southwestern University, and the railroad have contributed to Georgetown’s growth. Georgetown was home to Jessie Daniel Ames, state president of the League of Women Voters and anti-lynching advocate.


Courtesy of Georgetown Heritage Society


also view The Texas Historical Commission write up on -
Georgetown History
Belford Historic District in Georgetown Texas
University Avenue - Elm Street Historic District
Williamson County Courthouse Historic District



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View Videos on Georgetown

A special thanks to the Georgetown Heritage Society
for letting us use these videos.

Video 1 (“Legacy of Wood & Stone)
Video 2 (“On the Square')




also view The Texas Historical Commission write ups on –
Georgetown History
Belford Historic District in Georgetown Texas
University Avenue - Elm Street Historic District
Williamson County Courthouse Historic District




The city of Georgetown is named after

A story relayed to historians - Washington Anderson, tells of Georgetown’s beginnings. Anderson and the four other men assigned the task of locating a county seat were enjoying a brief respite under a large oak tree, when Anderson’s cousin and prodigious landowner, George Washington Glasscock, Sr., (view photo) rode up on his mule. Sensing a quick solution to their task, Anderson spoke up, “George, if you’ll give us all the land between here and the San Gabriel River, we’ll make this the county seat and name the town after you.” His cousin agreed, promptly donating 173 acres, with his partner Thomas B. Huling. Georgetown Texas is the county seat of Williamson County which was formed on March the 13th in the year of 1848. After the early settlers petitioned the State Legislature to create it out of Milam County. But for Three-Legged Willie the county could have been named "San Gabriel" county. It was finally named after Robert M. Williamson aka Three-Legged Willie a Texas statesmen and judge at the time.


also view more on Historical Narrative on Georgetown


click on thumbnail images for an enlarged view


Georgetown Square

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Public Square,
Georgetown, Texas


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Star Grocery Store, north side of square, Georgetown, Texas ca. 1920's - Owners Joe Munson and Tom Lundblad, behind counter

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Barber Shop

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Richard E. Talbot, born in Cambrigde, NY, 17 June 1816, of Irish immigrant parents. He came to Texas with his wife and children in 1850's to join brothers Elias and Joseph Talbot. Richard

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Kimbro and Friends in Front of Blacksmith Shop. Georgetown, Texas ca 1890's


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The 5th and last Williamson County Courthouse was built in 1910-1911 at
a cost of $120,000. Renovations were done in 1965 that changed much of the appearance.


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Knight's Spring &
Gant's Mill Photos

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Kimbro and Friends in Front of Blacksmith Shop. Georgetown, Texas ca 1890's


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Georgetown Fire Dept. & R.O. "Bob" Davis, who later became Fire Chief, 2nd from left in truck.



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Adm. Mann Portrait


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Georgetown fireman including Lonnie Watkins, in about 1919. l-r: Mr Mood, George Klohey, Jeff Gordan, driver R.D. Bole Davis [Firechief], Pat Goodlet, Sid Peerl [standing], M. Wilcox. Mr. Davis and his wife lived upstairs with a sliding pole in their apartment.

Marshall Carver High
School Plaque

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Berry's Mill, built 1848, NE of Georgetown, Texas



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Baby Shower for Lenen Howland, who is expecting Lu Ann Howland, ca. Jan.


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Leo Darby with delivery Model T while working for San Antonio Light
Newspaper, ca. 1932

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J.W. Fielder Family, ca 1888, standing: Laura-daughter, Martha Jane Townsley-sister in law, Susan Alice-wife, front Ollie, Earl, J.W. Fielder,
Claude, Walter, and Collier. J.W Fielder, in 1873, married Susan Alice Townsey. Listed in 1880 Williamson County Census. 1885-bought 150 acres on San Gabriel River about 5 miles SE of Georgetown.

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Williamson County Livestock Show, Victor Kokel buys Carl Holmstom's Blue Ribbon Lamb, ca.1965. Victor Kokel was President of the Williamson County
Farm Bureau

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The original St. Johns United Methodist Church and cemetery of Georgetown in 1900. The congregation moved to 311 E. University Ave in Georgetown

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St. John's Swedish Methodist Church's nine early preachers, Georgetown, Texas

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Andrew Prikryl & Mary Zrubek's Wedding Photo. Ceremony was at Courthouse, Georgetown, Texas, March 6, 1886

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Anna Louise Trowbridge Talbot, wife of R.E. Talbot, lived between Circlleville and Jonah, Texas. Came to the area in 1853. Brother of Joseph Talbot of Taylor, Texas and brother of Elias Talbot, merchant in Georgetown, Texas. Was friend of Sam Houston, ca.1854

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Bell Cotton Gin, located SE of Georgetown

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Football Team


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L.N. "Lonnie" Watkins "Nook Confectionery", South Side of Square, next to Burkhart's Newstand, Georgetown, Texas, ca. 1920.

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Football Team, Carver High School, Georgetown, Texas, ca. 1962


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Karen Thompson at Harper-Chessher House

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1963 Graduation Georgetown School of Vocational Nursing, ca. 1963, Georgetown, Texas, l-r: Dr. Douglas Benold, Sipirina Richate, Katherine Kelley, Dr. James Shepard, Jovita Richarte, Dr. H.R. Gady, Jr.


Georgetown Light and Water Works
circa 1911

403 W. 9th
view History on



Historical Makers And Cemeteries Of Georgetown



A. M. Brown Cabin

Amos (M.C.)- Godey House

C.A.D Clamp

C.B Atkinson House

C.C. and Hughes Cody House
Courthouse - Williamson County

Burcham (W. J.)

Dalrymple, William Cornelius

David Love Store

Double File Trail

Easley Home

Emzy Taylor 

Evangelical Free Church Historical Marker

First Presbyterian Church

First United Methodist Church  

Farmers State Bank Building

George Irvine House

George Washington Glasscock, Sr

Georgetown Fire House and Old City Hall

Georgetown, Founding of

Georgetown High School Building

Greenleaf Fisk Judge

Harper - Chesser House

Harry M. Grave - Judge

H.C. Craig Building

H.W. Harrell-Stone House

Inner Space Cavern (Laubach Cave)

Iota Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity

James B. Williams

Jesse Cooper House

Jessie Daniel Ames

John Berry, Frontiersman

John J. Dimmitt House

John Edward Hickman

John McQueen Taylor

Ku Klux Klan Trials

Lane Riley House

Lesesne-Stone Building

Location of Georgetown

Lockett M.B. Building

Macedonia Baptist Church

Mankins Crossing

Marshall-Carver High School site of

Marsh F. Smith House

Negro Fine Arts School

North Fork of the San Gabriel River

Old Dimmitt Building

Old Georgetown Cemetery

Page-Decrow-Weir House

Pennington Family Cemetery Marker

Railroad Produce Warehouse

Robert J Rivers

Rocky Hollow - Little Arkansas Bullion

San Gabriel Lodge No. 89, A. F. & A.

San Gabriel Park

Sansom, Cooper, House

Shafer Saddlery

Sillure, A.W. House

Southwestern University main bldg

Southwestern University mall

Southwestern University - Original Site

Steele Store - Makemson Hotel Building

St. John's Methodist Church

Taylor, John McQueen

Texan Santa Fe Expedition

Union Hill Cemetery

Vaden, W.C. House

W. J. Burcham House

Wesley Chapel A.M.E Church

Wilcox Graves House

Williams James B
Williamson County Courthouse

Williamson County jail

Williamson County Sun

Woman's Club Of Georgetown

Xi Chapter Kappa Alpha

W Y Penn Home


also view The Annie Purl Old School
a special thanks to the WC Sun and Linda Scarbrough

for this slice of history




Anderson Cemetery (also known as Rock House Cemetery)

Barnes Cemetery
Berry's Creek

Berry Springs Cemetery
Citizens Memorial Garden

Collins-Thopson-Thopmson, Old Collins
Connell Family
Evangelical Free
Georgetown Memorial

Georgetown, Old and Old Black
George S.C. Harper Family
Green Family

Guadalupe also known as Georgetown Catholic
Harper Price Cemetery
IOOF of Georgetown
Keating relocated to the Andice Cemetery

Lord also Fischer Lord or Fish
Millard, Millary-Salyer Cemetery
Our Lady of the Rosary
Pennington Family

Patrick Cemetery
Rocky Hollow - Little Arkansas Bullion
St. John's
Sullivan Family
Union Hill
Williamson County Pauper
also known as Pauper Poor Farm, Middleton


here's a MP3 audio file (oral history) on the Old Georgetown Cemetery
by one of Georgetown's own; JC Johnson
he is one of Georgetown's historians





also view  Williamson County Historical Markers



  also view The Texas Historical Commission write ups on –
Georgetown History
Belford Historic District in Georgetown Texas
University Avenue - Elm Street Historic District
Williamson County Courthouse Historic District



Recuerdos Mexicanos
A History of Hispanic Culture in Georgetown, Texas




Links for more history and images
of older homes and buildings



San Gabriel Masonic Lodge Building

Mather Cabin From Gabriel Mills Texas

Southwestern University Ladies' Annex
1888/1889 to 1925

Georgetown History
Historical Thumbnail Stories
more Georgetown History
by Texas Escapes  
Georgetown Heritage Society
Main Street Georgetown
Georgetown's Blue Hole on the San Gabriel river
Georgetown Texas Old Fire Station
Georgetown, Texas
by The Handbook of Texas Online

The History of  Williamson County Sun



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