Browse Exhibits (40 total)

Davenport, William and Nancy

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William Davenport was born in 1820 Saltville Township, Virginia.  His family later lived in Kentucky before settling in present day Kaufman County, Texas in 1843.  There William met and married Mary Ware, daughter of Texas Revolutionary veteran, William Ware.  William and Mary built a home south of Cibolo Creek soon after purchasing land here in 1851, part of the Vincente Micheli survey.  When Mary died the following year, William buried her near their home establishing a community burial ground in 1853.  William married Nancy D. Young whose father John was a veteran of the War of 1812 and was also later buried in Davenport Cemetery. 


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de la Garza - Cantu House

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This property was once part of the large Spanish land grant made to Simon Arocha, a Canary Island descendant, by the Spanish government in ca. 1778.  The ranch appeared on the list of Sindico Reports of the Bexar Jurisdiction, taken in the Year 1810. At this time, the ranch was known as Santa Rita de las Yslitas.

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Ernst, August House

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August Fredrich Ernst was the grandson of the early immigrant Ernst family who initially settled in New Braunfels, Comal County, TX. His grandparents, John Peter Ernst (born about 1803) and his grandmother, Katherine, (born about 1804) arrived in the U.S. in 1852 from Nassau, Germany. The Ernst’s initially establish residency in Comal County where they were purchased property and established a farm. After several years August and his parents along with other family members moved to Bexar County.  Here they again bought property and established their home in a small community that was thriving at the time, but unfortunately no longer exists.


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Evans, Robert B. - House

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Robert B. Evans was born in Liberty, TN.  He came to Texas in January 1844 (?) by way of Fort Caddo.  On the way he lost two mules from sudden weather changes in Texas.  One mule died of heat stroke and the second mule froze to death from a “Norther.”


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Harrison and McCulloch Stage Stop

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The Selma Historical Parks Committee was commissioned to document Selma’s historical cemeteries and to preserve the remaining historical structures in Selma as new development approached the city.  One of those structures documented was the Harrison & McCulloch Stage Stop.


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Heidemann Ranch Complex

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Nine Historic Structures built in the 1860s: Log cabin, barn, smokehouse, water well, workshop, Heidemann-Barrera house, storage house, cemetery, possible early kiln.

  • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, July 6, 2011.

  • In 2014, Professor Frances Gale of the University of Texas At Austin, School of Architecture, took the Materials Conservation Laboratory class to the Heidemann property to analyze the building materials of the log house and the barn.

  • A Building Award was given to Mr. Roy R.Barrera, Sr. and Mr. Gilbert Barrera by the San Antonio Conservation Society in March 2016 for the restoration of the cabin, the barn and the smokehouse by Gilbert Barrera.

  • In 2016, the Heidemann Family Cemetery was dedicated and designated as a Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC).


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Herff / Rozelle Farm

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The Herff Farm is an excellent example of a Texas Hill Country farmstead built by pioneer German families who settled in and near Boerne in the mid-to-late 1800s.  Located on the eastern outskirts of Boerne in Kendall County, the farm is part of a larger tract purchased by pioneer physician Ferdinand Herff in 1852.  Herff’s holdings eventually expanded to some 10,000 acres which were used for ranching and as a retreat for his large family.  After an earlier house burned, Ferdinand and Mathilde Herff built a two-story limestone house on the site.  The property remained in the family until 1935 when it was acquired by George and Erma Rozelle who farmed and raised livestock.  The house, farm, and domestic structures and surrounding fields remain remarkably intact in light of the rapid urbanization of Kendall County.  Since the Cibolo Nature Center purchased 68-acres of the property in 2007, the Herff house has been restored and the surrounding land is conserved as open space.    The farm was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

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Herrera, Blas Ranch

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The Blas Herrera Ranch, located in southern Bexar County, Texas, represents an important survival of an early 19th century homestead complex in south Texas.  The structures comprising the compound reflect the simple character of central Texas vernacular architecture during the early 19th century and the simple Tejano structures which were common to the area.  Historic built features throughout the ranch reflect the evolution and changing uses of the land, from active ranching, to one of scaled back ranching activities, to social and community events, to the simple pasturing of horses.  At the heart of the ranch stand two jacales dating from the 1830s-1840s, the larger jacal having been one of two Herrera-Ruiz homesteads.  Other structures include two wooden buildings, a pavilion and a few additional structures related to ranching and social activities.  The jacals are indicative of the early Tejano construction techniques.

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Huebner - Onion Homestead

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This site was home to two important area families, as well as a stagecoach stop in the 1800s. Development here began in 1858 when Joseph Huebner and his family, who arrived from Austria five years earlier, bought acreage surrounding what is now Huebner Creek and Huebner Road. A successful San Antonio businessman, he soon erected three limestone buildings here and began to acquire herds of horses, mules and cattle. He also opened a stagecoach stop at the family's homestead ranch on the San Antonio to Bandera stage line route. The stop included blacksmith services, change of stock and overnight accommodations if travelers were unable to pass over the flooded creek. Joseph Huebner died in 1882 and was buried on the homestead property.

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Jones, Enoch Farmstead

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Enoch Jones, land speculator, son of Thomas Griffith and Susan (Jones) Jones, was born in 1802 in Wooster, Ohio. He immigrated to Texas sometime before 1837 and in partnership with John William Smith acquired a vast amount of land, which he sold at a profit when he returned to Detroit. Eventually he acquired almost 175,000 acres on the Medina River and built a large mansion, which Count Norbert von Ormay bought in 1885.

(See "Handbook of Texas Online: JONES, ENOCH")

[Special note:The name Norbert von Ormay is NOT misspelled.  The Count’s family name was spelled with an “a”.   When the people of Von Ormy decided to name their community after the Count they dropped the “a” from Ormay. The property was sold by the heirs of Enoch Jones to Count Norbert von Ormay.]

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