In continuation of the Ramay – Macatee Lecture Series Dr Bruce Winders, Curator and Historian of The Alamo Museum will be our featured speaker. Hood County has a strong connection to the family of Alamo Hero David Crockett as his widow and children relocated to then Johnson County (now Hood) in 1853 to occupy the land grant award them by The Republic of Texas for David’s service in gaining independence for Texas and her grave is located in Acton Cemetery.
Dr. Stephen Woodworth, Professor of History at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas will be speaking on the 1864 Battle of Franklin Tennessee with emphasis on the roles of General J.B Hood and General H.B Granbury. This lecture will be presented at the Historic Granbury Opera House on September 21, 2017 at 6:30PM CDT. See image below for full details.
The 1861 map of Texas compiled by Jacob de Cordova and Robert Creuzbaur shows Johnson County, but there are no named communities other than Wardville, which was the first county seat of Johnson Co. and was later moved to Buchanan (both west of present day Cleburne). In 1866 Hood County would be formed from the western portion of Johnson County, and later Somervell County would be split off of the southern portion of Hood County. It also shows “Barnard’s Old Trading House” which was located just south and across the Brazos River from present day Pecan Plantaton, which is located in DeCordova Bend of the Brazos (named for Jacob DeCordova), and to confuse matters further, present day DeCordova Bend Estates is actually located on what was Carmichael Bend of the Brazos before Lake Granbury was constructed. Got it?
You can view and zoom in on the full map at UNT’s Portal To Texas History, which by the way is a valuable resource for anyone interested in Texas History.
The Bridge Street History Center is currently working on a project to tell the interesting and true story of the efforts by a group of dedicated local folks in the early 1970’s to bring The Granbury Opera House back to life.
At our recent January planning meeting a decision was made to go forward with a new exhibit room recognizing the contributions of women to the settlement, growth, and history of Hood County. While the list is not final, some of women we will feature are: Nellie Gray Robertson, Norma Crawford, Elizabeth Patton Crockett, Mary Lou Watkins, Josephine Cogdell, and several others.