Granbury-A Candlelight Tour…a photo gallery

Granbury-A Candlelight Tour…a photo gallery

We’re excited to have participated in the 2015 Granbury-A Candlelight Tour…this was the first year for the Preserve Granbury House to be featured and we couldn’t be prouder.  The House was decked out in lights, Christmas decor, and lots of seasonal cheer.  Here are just a few of the spectacular photos from that night:

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Annual Picnic and Membership Meeting Update

Annual Picnic and Membership Meeting Update

On Saturday, May 30th, forty hardy souls gathered under the big tree at 801 Lipan Highway (Preserve Granbury House) to celebrate Preserve Granbury’s 10th Anniversary and the observance of Preservation Month.  Attendees received a compilation of the accomplishments of the organization over its 10 years, and the new board members were introduced by co-president, Linda Preston.

Diane Lock, Chair of the Committee, and Shelbie Miller-Gaddy, General Contractor, gave an update on the restoration project for the President’s House.  The exhausting work of the many volunteers was recognized, work that has included long work days and donations of materials that will help bring to fruition Preserve Granbury’s goal of setting up an office at this location.

Even Mother Nature couldn’t put a damper on the festivities!  Driven inside by the rain, the picnic continued in the garage building where plans were presented for the architectural salvage operation that will become a reality in the very near future.  In addition, Cindy Peters – who is chair of the Party on the Peak – reminded everyone of the upcoming event (September 19th) and announced this year’s theme…”You Can’t Know Texas ‘Til You’ve Seen It From Comanche Peak”…sure to be the best Party yet!

Awards were presented to the five founding members of Preserve Granbury:  Claudia Southern, Diane Lock, Mary Saltarelli, Dianne Rawls Davis, and Glenda Pirkle.  Laurel Pirkle accepted the board for the late Glenda Pirkle, and also for Carol Pirkle as retiring treasurer.  The awards were fashioned from original wood used in the construction of the President’s House by local craftsman, Gordon Smith.

The festivities wrapped up with a tour of the President’s House and entertainment by local musician and award-winning fiddler, Ridge Roberts.

For more pictures of the event, please visit Shad Ramsey Photography.


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Preserve Granbury Presents Annual Awards at Membership Picnic

Preserve Granbury Presents Annual Awards at Membership Picnic

About 40 people enjoyed Preserve Granbury’s Preservation Picnic at Lambert Branch Park May 26.

During the picnic, Preserve Granbury’s president, Claudia Southern, first vice president, Diane Lock, and second vice president, Linda Preston, presented the group’s annual preservation awards.

Claudia first recognized Preserve Granbury’s advisors, Dominique and Charles Inge, and thanked them for their support of preservation.

Preserve Granbury’s Preservation Projects of the Year award honors exemplary works in restoration or rehabilitation of historic resources or the preservation of material culture and heritage. Claudia, Diane, and Linda presented the 2012 awards to:

☛ Scott and Viki Young for their rehabilitation of the Granbury State Bank building, fondly known as the “Red Bank Building.” Built in 1905, the bank building is an important corner anchor on the historic square and

Scott and Viki have revitalized it as a thriving retail space fittingly known as “Red.”

☛ Shelbie Miller for her rehabilitation of the folk hall-and-parlor or dogtrot house on East Bridge St., fondly known as “Heaven Hill.”

Preserve Granbury’s Preservationists of the Year Awards honor dedication to the preservation of Hood County’s historic, cultural, and architectural heritage. Claudia, Diane, and Linda presented the Preservationists of the Year awards to:
☛ City of Granbury Parks Board for partnering with Preserve Granbury in a unique public-private endeavor to plan for the preservation and restoration of Lambert Branch Park and the historic buildings located here. The Parks Board led the way in securing funding from the city’s bond funds for a master plan for the park and a preservation plan for its buildings.

Jean Cate, chair of the Parks Board; Joan Snider, member; Andra Cryer, Parks staff member; and Mickey Parson, city council member, accepted the award for the Parks Board.

☛ Tarleton State University for its preservation and stewardship for 16 years of the Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center and for donating the center and its beautiful setting and buildings, located on a full city block downtown, to the City of Granbury and the citizens of our community.

Dr. Rick Richardson, Sabra Guerra, Janice Horak, and Joel Back accepted the award for Tarleton.

☛ Janice Horak for creating the thriving cultural haven in our community known as the Langdon Center. Janice brought new life to the historic site and its 19th century buildings, developing an arts magnet that draws artists, musicians, and writers, and allows them to share their talents in a nurturing environment with appreciative students and followers.

☛ The First National Bank of Granbury—this is actually a “Preservationists of the Century” award, recognizing First National’s continuing support of historic preservation, especially of the historic courthouse square and downtown Granbury.
Claudia, along with directors Scott Young and Dee Gormley, presented this award to the bank at the celebration of its 125th anniversary on Friday, June 15 on the courthouse square.