DescriptionIn the late 1840s Alwin Soergel's octagonal building, or “the house with the round top,” was a widely visible landmark in this open, rolling prairie and gave the town its name. Although some of Stephen Austin's colonists settled in the area, it was the German immigrants who gave the community its distinctive character and insularity.
This German heritage is preserved in such historic structures as the local Lutheran church, with its cedar pipe organ, and several of the buildings on the Round Top Festival Institute campus .
Another of the town's cultural institutions is the University of Texas' Winedale Historical Center on FM 2714. Devoted to the study of the ethnic cultures of central Texas, the 225-acre farmstead includes a visitor center, two historic structures, a nature trail and a picnic area.
Visitor InfoRound Top Area Chamber of Commerce 110 Schumann Ln. ROUND TOP, TX 78954. Phone:(979)249-4042 or (888)368-4783
Things to SeeRound Top Festival Institute