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Lunch and Learn, December 11

The Texas State Capitol Ornaments: A Texas Tradition. 
The Texas State Capitol has issued an annual ornament reflecting a different aspect of the Capitol building or history for the past 23 years. Come view these ornaments and learn the history each ornament represents.
Wednesday, December 11 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Williamson Museum on the Chisholm Trail, 8 Chisholm Trail Rd.
Bring a bag lunch; water and cookies will be provided.
Contact 512-373-3819

Help select the 2020 Local Legends

Each year’s Local Legends are selected by a volunteer committee appointed by the HPC. The Selection Committee is responsible for outreach to encourage nominations, reviewing nominations to select the Local Legends, and assisting with the award presentation to the City Council. Applications to serve on the 2020 Selection Committee are due January 3, 2020. 

Historic Preservation Plan adopted

At its November 19, 2019 meeting the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) voted to recommend the new Historic Preservation Plan for inclusion in the City’s comprehensive plan Round Rock 2030, with anticipated adoption in 2020. For questions, please contact the Round Rock 2030 team at (512)-218-5428 or roundrock2030@roundrocktexas.gov
     Learn more about Round Rock 2030
     Not sure what the historic preservation program currently includes? See the presentation below!

Historic Preservation Program Presentation 

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Planning and Development Services Director Brad Wiseman presented an overview of Round Rock’s historic preservation program at the April 9, 2019 City Council packet briefing. For more information about the historic preservation program, watch the presentation video or check out the historic preservation program slides (pdf).





Events at the Williamson Museum on the Chisholm Trail

  • Lunch and Learn: “The Texas State Capitol Ornaments: A Texas Tradition” December 11, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • “Candlelight Christmas” December 14, 7-9 a.m. Free
  • Exhibit: Law and order in Williamson County (Georgetown Square location) 7/4/19 – 5/31/21
  • Exhibit: Women of Williamson County (Georgetown Square location) 2/28/19 – 2/29/20
  • Photography Exhibit: Holly Moore’s Flea Market Treasures (Georgetown Square location) 10/31/19 – 12/22/19


Historic Preservation in Round Rock

The St. Charles Hotel (built ca. 1870)

The St. Charles Hotel (built ca. 1870) is now Williamson Museum on the Chisholm Trail

The City of Round Rock was founded in the 1840s where the Chisholm Trail crosses Brushy Creek, at the area now known as “Old Town.” In 1876, many of the businesses and residents moved to the current downtown area (“New Town”) when the railroad extended its tracks there. Since then, the City has grown steadily.

As it grows, the City of Round Rock works with owners of older and historic properties to encourage maintenance and upkeep, as well as retention of the historic character of buildings, structures, sites, and districts.  The Department of Planning and Development Services (PDS) manages the City’s historic preservation programs. These include:

  • Advising property owners who want to renovate historic buildings and approving their proposed changes
  • City-wide preservation planning
  • Maintaining an inventory of historic properties
  • Designating local landmarks and historic districts
  • Managing a property tax exemption program available to historic property owners
  • Educating the public about Round Rock’s history and the City’s preservation programs


Find the Information You Need

Historic properties in Round Rock

Historic Architecture in Round Rock
Designated Historic Landmarks
Downtown Historic District (National Register District)
Chisholm Trail Historic Area
Downtown Historic Building Information Placards
Historic Round Rock Guide and Walking Tour (map/brochure, pdf)

Local history
The Historic Round Rock Collection
Preservation Minutes (videos about Round Rock history and preservation)
Local Legends
Local History Resources
Sam Bass and the Great Round Rock Shootout of July 19, 1878 (brochure, pdf)

Preservation program information
Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)
Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) 2019 meeting schedule
Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) Goals for 2018-2019
Certificate of Appropriateness application packet
Historic Designation & Historic Overlay Zoning
Historic property Tax Exemption
2010-2013 Survey and Inventory of Historic Resources

Designation of Historic Landmarks and Historic Districts (brochure, pdf)
Historic Design Guidelines for Residential Properties (pdf)
Historic Design Guidelines for Commercial Properties
Partial Tax Exemption for Historically Significant Properties (brochure, pdf)
Protecting Historic Properties: A Citizen’s Guide to Section 106 Review (brochure, pdf)

Contact Us
Planning & Development Services Department
301 W. Bagdad Avenue, Suite 210 (map)
Round Rock, Texas 78664
Phone: (512) 218-5428
Fax: (512) 218-3286
Walk-in hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday