I love Georgetown, Texas. It is full of Southern hospitality! Have you visited Texas? If you haven’t, you need to get a visit to Texas on your schedule. If you have, you know what I am talking about! Texas is the South, it is the West, and depending where you are in this great big state, you can be in several different ecosystems. Next time you are in the Lone Star State, visit some of our charming small towns for strolling, shopping, and just plain fun. Georgetown, Texas is a fantastic example of Southern hospitality.
Georgetown is just an hour north of Austin, Texas off of I-35. I have to say that Georgetown has the prettiest town square I have seen so far in the Texas Hill Country! The courthouse is in the center, surrounded by historic buildings, cute shop fronts, and a grassy lawn.
Georgetown is in Williamson County, Texas and has a rich history. Williamson County is named after a Texas judge and statesman, Robert McAlpin Williamson, aka Three Legged Willie! Willie was three-legged because of contracting polio which deformed his leg so that it could not bend. In order to walk, Willie constructed a peg leg and was thereafter known as three-legged Willie! You have to admit that is quite a story!
Poppies are a big theme in Georgetown. Everywhere you look, on signage, in stores, in storefronts, you will see beautiful red poppies. The story is that a guy named “Okra” (yep, Okra!) aka Henry Purl Compton, a soldier in the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, loved the poppies in Europe and sent seeds home to his mother, who planted them. They became popular in Georgetown and grew everywhere.
Every April Georgetown hosts a Red Poppy Festival and the entire town turns out for parades and musical events.
I was fortunate last fall to visit Georgetown during its wine festival. The Georgetown Wine Festival took place on the town square, and some of the roads were closed off to be sure there was no problem with traffic. The festival included several wineries, food trucks, and booths. A fun day with perfect weather!
I wandered around, taking photographs, just enjoying the beautiful day and the people. The people of Georgetown exhibit true Southern hospitality and are very welcoming. Georgetown always has a festival or concert going on, so be sure to check out Georgetown’s Event Page.
Article Written by Tam Warner Minton of Travels With Tam!
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