in a Pecan Shell
In 1855, Owensville became the third county
seat of Robertson County. The contract for the construction of the courthouse
was made that year and the name was chosen to honor the Robertson County Clerk,
The following year the county records were moved from Wheellock.
A post office was granted in 1856 and Owensville remained the county seat until
the end of the Civil War. In 1868, unpopular Reconstructionist County Judge I.
B. Ellison ordered records to be moved to Calvert.
Calvert was declared Robertson County’s 4th seat
of government in Mid 1870.
Owensville’s post office stayed open until 1872
and except for a short-lived reopening in the late 1890s, it closed its doors
all that’s left of Owensville is the cemetery.
County's third county seat was located here, 1855-69, on land given by D. H. Love
(1816-66). The town was Owensville, named for Harrison Owen (1803-96), who was
the first county clerk, 1838-47. Public officials, doctors, lawyers, businesses
moved here and town thrived. It was on Houston-Waco
mail, stage, and freighting road.
As Civil War (1861-65) county seat,
this place armed and dispatched soldiers, and cared for civilians.
Houston & Texas Central Railway bypassed Owensville in 1868, county records were
moved to Calvert. Owensville Cemetery, oldest
in county, marks townsite.