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GRASSYVILLE, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Bastrop County, Central Texas South
FM 2104 - East on Grassyville Road
14 Miles E of Bastrop
13.8 Miles SW of Giddings
About 6 Miles S of Paige
N of Smithville

Population: 00050 (1990 estimate)

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Bastrop County, Grassyville TX Reinholdt Peschke Residence
Grassyville Reinholdt Peschke Residence
Vintage photo courtesy Paige Historic Society & Museum

History in a Pecan Shell

Grassyville was a German agricultural community formed in the mid 1850s. The village became a center for German Methodist Church members and a parsonage was built here in 1858, although a church didnít appear until 1868.

A post office was granted in 1877, although it was in Lee County. In 1879 it reopened in Bastrop County, although the matter was far from ending. This post office was closed and reopened in Lee County, only to moved back to Bastrop in 1883.

Grassyville was prospering in the mid 1880s with a population of 75 residents served by a gristmill and cotton gin. Two churches were in operation as well as a school.

The community played host to conferences of the German Methodist Church in 1887 and 1893 and again in 1899.

The post office saga was resurrected when it was closed in 1887, reopened two years later and closed for good in 1906.

The population fell to a mere 10 citizens in 1933 but from 1939 through 1990 it was reportedly at 50.

Today it is remembered by Grassyville Road and the large, manicured cemetery.

Grassyville Cemetery Historical Marker >

Direction to Grassyville Cemetery from Paige

According to Texas Historical Commission Atlas:
"Off US 290, south on FM 2104, 4.6 mi. to FM 2259, east .3 mi., then north on CR 184 .4 mi. to CR 149, east .5 mi. at end of CR 149"
Grassyville TX - Road to Grassyville Cemetery
Road to Grassyville Cemetery
TE photo, April 2010
Bastrop County, Texas - Grassyville Cemetery sign and stile
Grassyville Cemetery sign and stile
TE photo, April 2010
Bastrop County, Texas - Grassyville Cemetery view
Grassyville Cemetery
TE photo, April 2010
Bastrop County, Texas - Grassyville Cemetery view
TE photo, April 2010
Bastrop County, Texas - Grassyville Cemetery tombstone - bride portrait
TE photo, April 2010
Bastrop County, Texas - Grassyville Cemetery tombstone - porcelain portrait
Tombstone Portrait
TE photo, April 2010
Bastrop County, Texas - Grassyville Cemetery tombstone - porcelain portrait
Tombstone Portrait
TE photo, April 2010
Bastrop County, Texas - Grassyville Cemetery Historical Marker
Grassyville Cemetery Historical Marker
TE photo, April 2010
Historical Marker Text

Grassyville Cemetery

German immigrants settled the Grassyville community in the 1850s and organized a Methodist church. Many gravestones in this cemetery are lettered in German script. The two earliest burials, Auguste D. Hamff and Bertha Kunkel, are both dated 1871. Seven Confederate veterans who served in Creuzbaur's-Welhausen's battery during the Civil War (1861-1865) are buried in the 1.5-acre graveyard. Although the village has disappeared, the burial ground continues in use. There are 130 graves tended by Grassyville Cemetery Association, which was established in 1963.
Bastrop County, Texas, Grassyville Cemetery - Grassyville Inscribed On Tombstone
Grassyville Inscribed On Tombstone
TE photo, April 2010
Bastrop County, Grassyville TX Horse wagon and windmill
Courtesy Paige Historic Society & Museum
Bastrop County, Grassyville TX Reinholdt Peschke Residence
Courtesy Paige Historic Society & Museum
Grassyville TX - Cow
TE photo, April 2010
Our appreciation to Ed Summers, a Grassyville resident for directions to the cemetery and to the Paige Historic Society & Museum for the vintage photos used here.
Bastrop County TX 1907 Postal Map
Bastrop County TX 1907 Postal Map showing Grassyville
(Far east Bastrop County)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Grassyville, Texas
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