Round Top, Texas

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Round Top is a town in Fayette County, Texas, United States. The population was 77 at the 2000 census.

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

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

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History

As a part of the Stephen F. Austin colony, James Winn acquired 4,428 acres (17.9 km2; 6.9 sq mi) in 1831; the present townsite was included in this tract. Named after early settlers, specifically Nathaniel Townsend (whose original house still exists as the Texana Lodge) the town was known as Townsend; later it was renamed Round Top, since the postmaster lived in a house with a round tower.[3] Portions of Nassau farm were purchased by the Adelsverein, and settlement by German immigrants began 1845 to 1847; these settlers began buying up the local farms and the town lots.

The Bethlehem Lutheran Church is the oldest active Lutheran church in Texas.

Geography

Round Top is located at 30°3′54″N 96°41′48″W / 30.065°N 96.69667°W / 30.065; -96.69667 (30.065060, -96.696614)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

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