Central Texas

Round Top

Round Top, Texas

The original name was Jones Post Office and named after the town’s postmaster John Rice Jones Jr. who also happened to be the first postmaster general for the Republic of Texas.

Later, a house with a tall octagonal tower served as the post office and since the tower’s “round top” could be seen from a distance, the name gained acceptance.

Round Top is the home of three visitor-drawing programs:

Round Top Antiques Fair — Outdoor gathering of antiques dealers drawing enormous crowds each Spring & Fall
International Festival — Institute at Round Top – Renowned music institute for young musicians and faculty
Shakespeare at Winedale — Shakespeare-in-Performance study program administered by The University of Texas at Austin English Department

Round Top is also the home of the oldest building in Fayette County, Moore’s Fort, which was moved there from nearby La Grange.

reprinted from Wikipedia and Texas Escapes | photo by Exquisitely Bored in Nacogdoches