Support the Panther Branch Post Office

Join Preserve Granbury in supporting the Hood County Museum and the Hood County Genealogical/ Historical Society in moving and preserving the Panther Branch Post Office

In 1968, the county’s history captured the fascination of more residents when local car dealer R. E. Durham discovered an old log cabin inside a frame house south of  Comanche Peak. The cabin had once served as the U.S. Post Office for the Hood County frontier settlements of Panther Branch, Hill City, and Pony Creek. Research revealed that the cabin was also known as the “eight-mile stop” because a stagecoach once made regular stops there with both mail and passengers.Durham became so entranced by the old log cabin and its history that he purchased it and moved it to Granbury in order to save it. While dismantling the frame house and cabin, Durham discovered an Indian arrowhead, with part of the shaft still attached to it, embedded in one of the cabin’s timbers. Once the cabin was moved to Granbury, Durham replaced its limestone chimney and fireplace, because its original old stonework couldn’t be moved. In 1969, Durham replaced the cabin’s front porch and roof. Known as the “Panther Branch Log Cabin,” it still sits on North Baker Street.

The current owner wants it moved, and sold it to the Hood County Museum.  Help us support their effort with your donations.  Visit Preservegranbury.org to donate by credit card, stop by the Old Jail Museum or the Historic Granbury Depot with cash or a check, or mail a donation to Hood County Museum at 208 N Crockett St, 76048.

 

 




Party on the Peak 2017

50 Fellas Foodfest

50 Fellas Foodfest

Preserve Granbury was excited to participate in the 4th Annual 50 Fellas Foodfest, benefiting the Granbury ISD Education Foundation.  Our team was represented well by John Lewis and Mike McGowan who prepared a wonderful Mexican cornbread casserole for the Appetizer/Side category.  We placed second, right behind the formidable team of Mayor Nin Hulett and Councilman Tony Mobly.

Here are the standings released by the 50 Fellas committee:

Appetizer/side:
1st place–City of Granbury & Edward Jones Investments: Nin Hulett & Tony Mobly
2nd place–Preserve Granbury: John Lewis & Mike McGowan
3rd place–Granbury Volunteer Fire Department: Tim Coppenbarger & Greg Corrigan

Entree:
1st place–State Farm Insurance: Cody Garrison & Kevin Willmeth
2nd place–Acton Middle School: Scott Carpenter & Chris Elrod
3rd place-Re-Elect Barbara Townsend for School Board: David Townsend & Morris Duree
Dessert:
1st place–Hyde Law Firm & Matt Mills for County Attorney: Paul Hyde & Matt Mills
2nd place–Lake Granbury Medical Center: Laine Meek & Matt Frye
3rd place–Mambrino Elementary: Joe Paul Thompson & Jairo Martinez

Best of Show:
1st place–GISD Asst Superintendents: Dobie Williams & Ron Homgreen
2nd place–Henson Lumber: David Hamm & Steve McLaughlin
3rd place–Cheyne Eye Center: Dr Chris Cheyne & Kevin Myers

There were over 800 people attending this special event, resulting in funds raised in excess of $100,000.  All money goes back to the GISD teachers and students via grants, teacher recognitions, and student excellence awards.

Congratulations to all the winners, and kudos to our outstanding team!

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A Night of Excitement for Party on the Peak 2016

A Night of Excitement for Party on the Peak 2016

The 2016 Party on the Peak celebration was another huge success for Preserve Granbury!  This annual event took place on the privately-owned Comanche Peak…a 1,229 foot historic mesa overlooking Hood County on Saturday, October 1st just before sundown.  Events included self-guided tours, panoramic views of the Brazos River Valley, cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dancing under the Texas stars.

Authentic chuckwagon fare was provided by the incomparable Chuckwagon Chef Homer Robertson. This year’s menu included Pork and Beef Tenderloin cooked over the campfire, Camp Beans, Hominy Casserole with Green Chiles, Salad, Homemade Dutch Oven Biscuits, and Campfire Bread Pudding.

Live entertainment was provided by Championship Fiddler Ridge Roberts (a fan favorite!) and a concert performed by the Tejas Brothers.  With their mix of Texas Swing, Tejano, and good ol’ country, the crowd was on its feet all night.

The cowboys and cowgirls wore their western attire with pride, with everything from Native American to pioneer to cowpoke ensembles.  For pictures of the event, please visit our photo album here. Photography was provided by Shad Ramsey Photography.

Funds raised during this event are used for various Preserve Granbury projects, including the current restoration of the Preserve Granbury House on Lipan Highway.

 

 

 

Thank you to our sponsors

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Cherishing Our Sense of Place

Cherishing Our Sense of Place

Hood County grew by almost 25% from 2000 until 2014, and is expected to continue growing at a rapid pace.  Suburban sprawl has brought dramatic change to our community.  Preserve Granbury is working to preserve the charm and special sense of place that makes us all want to live in Hood County.  Here are photos of some of our past and present projects…won’t you be a part of our future?

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Come Join the Fun at Preserve Granbury’s Annual Picnic & Business Meeting

Come Join the Fun at Preserve Granbury’s Annual Picnic & Business Meeting

You’re invited to Preserve Granbury’s 5th Annual Picnic & Business Meeting on Saturday, May 30, 2015.  This year, the picnic will be held at the historic Preserve Granbury House located at 801 North Lipan Drive in Granbury.

The business meeting will begin at 11:00am, followed by the outdoor picnic at noon.  During the business meeting, the restoration updates, timelines, and future plans will be discussed concerning continuing preservation efforts in Hood County.

The Preservation Picnic lunch will be free for members of Preserve Granbury and $10 for guests. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED, so make sure to contact any of the directors listed or email us today.

Tours of the in-process restoration of this historic building will be conducted for those interested in viewing our progress.

 

Rehabilitation of Gordon House Underway

Rehabilitation of Gordon House Underway
Rehabilitation of the historic Gordon House in Granbury is underway and Preserve Granbury is proud to be part of its preservation.
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In March 2013, Preserve Granbury donated $26,000 to the City of Granbury for
rehabilitation of the Gordon House and other historic buildings at the Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center. This donation helped match the generous $100,000 grant from The Inge Foundation.
Much of Preserve Granbury’s donation was contributed by the Gordon Family in memory of Richard Gordon and Billie Gayle Gordon Langford and was specifically for rehabilitation of the Gordon House.

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Sixth Annual Party on the Peak Set for September 27

Sixth Annual Party on the Peak Set for September 27

Save the Date!

Preserve Granbury’s 2014 Party on the Peak will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at 5 p.m.  Party on the Peak features historic tours, panoramic views of the North Texas prairie, an authentic cowboy chuck-wagon dinner, and dancing under the stars. The party also features live and silent fundraising auctions of fabulous trips and unique artwork and gifts. Reservations are $100 per person.

Preserve Granbury is now seeking sponsors for the 6th annual event.

FNB table “Party on the Peak offers sponsors the opportunity to associate their business or organization with a unique, positive event that focuses on preserving our special quality of life here in Hood County,” said Chairperson Cindy Peters. “We hope many local businesses will support historic preservation.”

Ken Hill Sr., the Hill family, and Comanche Peak Ranch, LLC, graciously host the party atop their 1,229-feet tall historic mesa, Comanche Peak, to help Preserve Granbury raise funds for its historic preservation projects. Preserve Granbury is a 501c3 organization that preserves and promotes the historic integrity of its community.

For more information about Party on the Peak or sponsorships, contact  Mary Saltarelli at marysaltarelli@preservegranbury.org.

 

 

Granbury’s Historic Brazos Drive-In For Sale

Granbury’s Historic Brazos Drive-In For Sale

Historic Landmark May be Eligible for Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits

 The Brazos Drive-In Theatre in Granbury has been showing first-run movies since opening night June 5, 1952, when the theater featured The First Time, a “delightful family comedy” starring Robert Cummings and Barbara Hale. Featuring two cartoons each night, the Brazos charged 49 cents per person, but Wednesday and Thursday were “bargain car” nights when enthusiastic moviegoers could pile in station wagons for 60 cents per carload.

After 60 years of continuous operation, the Brazos Drive-In is for sale, looking for its fourth owners and caretakers. Current owner Jennifer Miller is ready to retire. As the third owner of the Brazos, Miller preserved the valuable North Texas landmark and kept it open for more than 27 years, the longest of the theater’s owners. Miller said the Brazos Drive-In is a thriving, viable business and bona-fide tourism attraction for Granbury, and she would like it to be preserved.

“The Brazos Drive-In has been part of my life for years. My kids grew up working there, and the theater is near and dear to my heart,” Miller said. “I want the Brazos to always be a thriving regional theater and vital attraction for Granbury.”

When it opened, the Brazos featured in-car speakers and the latest in sound and projection equipment. But today, like other mom-and-pop drive-ins nationwide, the Brazos must upgrade to new digital projection technology in order to stay open. According to Miller, the cost of such an upgrade will be $70,000 to $100,000. The drive-in is and its five-acres are for sale for $575,000.

With a huge screen that’s 35-feet high and 70-feet wide and its original ticket booth, marquee, and concession stand, the Brazos is an established and familiar landmark on the west end of downtown Granbury. In 2003, the City of Granbury designated the Brazos as a Granbury Historic Landmark. In 2010, Preservation Texas named the Brazos as one of Texas’ Most Endangered Places.

“The Brazos is an icon of mid-20th century drive-in culture,” said Diane Lock, first vice president of Preserve Granbury. “Throughout the country, there are very few drive-in theaters that remain open and even fewer that have stayed in continuous operation. Yet “new” drive-ins are now being built. We have this jewel here in Granbury that should be preserved and help keep vital for future generations.

Because the Brazos Drive-In is a significant historic resource remaining from the “fabulous ‘50s,” developers who rehabilitate it may be eligible to apply for Federal rehabilitation tax credits. Up to 20 percent of the amount spent on rehabilitation of the drive-in may be applied as an income tax credit if the drive-in is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Miller and Lock said the drive-in could be preserved while being adapted for other income-producing uses. Miller suggested such uses as building an entertainment stage in front of the screen, or opening an outdoor ice-skating rink during winter months.

The Brazos has longtime fans throughout North Texas who bring their families to enjoy outdoor movies and popcorn made in the theater’s original 1950’s popper.  One fan, Cliff Knight, posted his thoughts on the theater’s web site, http://www.thebrazos.com .

“I can’t express the joy I have, getting to enjoy the ‘drive-in experience,’ with my daughter,” Knight wrote. “Please keep up the good work. Here’s to another 50 years.”

 

 

Learn About a Granbury Woman’s Contributions During the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance

Learn About a Granbury Woman’s Contributions During the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance

During the Roaring ‘20s, Josephine Cogdell of Granbury moved to New York City. There, she met and married George Schuyler and contributed to Harlem’s cultural renaissance. Josephine and George were writers, and Josephine was a writer and artist. Their daughter, Phillipa, became a musical prodigy known as the “little Harlem genius.”

josephine cogdellBecause Josephine had entered into an interracial marriage, her parents and siblings in Texas never met George and Phillipa.  Josephine’s father was an early Granbury businessman and banker D.C. Cogdell and she grew up in the historic Cogdell House, now known as the Iron Horse Inn.

Learn more about Josephine Cogdell’s fascinating story when scholar and author Carla Kaplan appears in Granbury January 17 and 18. Kaplan will be speaking about her new book, Miss Anne in Harlem, the White Women of the Black Renaissance, which features Josephine Cogdell as one of six notable white women who embraced black culture and life in Harlem in the 1920s and ’30s.

On Friday evening, January 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Kaplan will be introduced at a small wine-and-cheese reception at Iron Horse Inn on Thorp Spring Road. Reservations for the reception are required and admission is $5 per person.

On Saturday afternoon, January 18, from 2 to 4 p.m., Kaplan will discuss and read from her book at the Hood County Library. Admission is free and reservations are not required. Copies of Miss Anne in Harlem will be sold at both events for $25 and Kaplan will be available to sign books. Copies of the book are also for sale in advance at the Friends of the Library Bookstore in the Hood County Library.

Kaplan is an award-winning professor and writer who holds the Stanton W. and Elisabeth K. Davis Distinguished Professorship in American Literature at Northeastern University. She has also taught at the University of Southern California and Yale University.

Friends of the Library for Hood County, the Hood County Historical Commission, and Preserve Granbury are presenting Kaplan’s appearance in Granbury. To make reservations for the reception on Friday, Nov. 17 or for more information, call the Friends of the Library Bookstore at 817-408-2570.