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May 2016

Found 2 blog entries for May 2016.

Peyton Colony, just south of Henley, was found by a former slave?  Peyton Roberts was born into slavery in Virginia in 1820 on the plantation of William Roberts.  After gaining his freedom after the Civil War, Peyton led other formerly enslaved families by wagon to the Texas Hill Country.  They built cabins on public land, which later became known as Peyton Colony.  They farmed and raised livestock.  The community built the Peyton Colony School, which was isolated from the surrounding communities by culture and race throughout its history of operation from 1877 to 1963.  The heart of the Peyton Colony was and still is Mount Horeb Baptist Church. A freedman named Jack Burch established the church in 1874.  He pitched a tent for the first meeting.  Land for

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Did you ever wonder how the town of Driftwood got its name?  As the area developed, so did civil oversight.  Boundaries for a new town called Liberty Hill were drawn up and approved by the Hays County Court of Commissioners and a county judge in 1891.  But it was soon learned that a town named Liberty Hill already existed in nearby Williamson County.  While meeting to discuss a new name, it is reported that one of the town leaders looked out a window and spotted a pile of driftwood near the proposed site of the post office, which was also to be built using driftwood.  Driftwood was plentiful in the area because of frequent flooding of Onion Creek.  The name of Driftwood was promptly suggested for the town. 

(Around Dripping Springs/L.M.Freeman)

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