FAYETTEVILLE Population - 302 Altitude - 411


Grew out of a settlement formed by three families of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred. Later settlers included both German and Czech immigrants as well as Anglo-American, and the three ethnic groups contributed a diversified community.

City has had several names: Wadis Post Office, Alexander's Voting Place and Lick Skillet (given by settlers arriving too late for festive occasions, found food devoured and were told to "lick the skillet.") Officially named by Philip J, Shaver, who laid out the town, for his birthplace, Fayetteville, NC.

Town had one of first bands in Texas, composed of German musicians, who played for meetings and festivals statewide. For more than 50 years a Czech band, conducted by Frank and John Baca, provided dance music and "Baca" music still enjoyed today.

Fayetteville ties along a local historical route called Texas Pioneer Trail covering a four-county area.

Bed and breakfast guest cottages are available in town and surrounding areas. Information may be obtained by writing the chamber of commerce at PO Box 217, Fayetteville, TX 78940, or by calling the museum telephone number below.

Fayetteville area museumFayetteville Area Museum-

Situated in a turn-of-the-century building on the old courthouse square. A quaint museum, with German-Czech heritage, features miscellanea from Baca Band memorabilia to early kitchen and drug store items. Open Sunday afternoons spring and fall, other times by appointment; just off Texas 159. (409)378-2231



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